On March 10, Dr. Hartung Wilstermann, Executive Vice President of Webasto Battery Systems and President Tae-Bong Choi of Webasto Korea Co., Ltd. visited UNIST, as part of their effort to support the research and development fund of UNIST.
The purpose of this visit was to discuss thesis plans for those who have recently been selected as the recipients of this year’s Graduate Student Research Support Fund, donated by the Webasto Foundation that has been designed to foster high-caliber talents in the field of future mobility. As part of this, the following three graduate students will be given both research assistance and publication support in the field of sustainable mobility: MinSu Kim (Department of Chemistry), NamHyeok Kim (Department of Chemistry), and ChanHee Kim (Department of Chemistry).
“We are happy to have an exchange on mobility research through discussions with talented students today,” said Dr. Wilstermann, Executive Vice President of Webasto Battery Systems. “We hope to move toward a more future-oriented and constructive partnership for sustainable mobility research with UNIST.”
“Your generous contribution to the organization is deeply appreciated,” said Hyeon Suk Shin, Executive Director of UNIST Development Foundation. “Through your donation our students can continue working towards their dreams. You truly make the difference for us, and we are extremely grateful!”
Meanwhile, the 2023 list of Graduate Student Research Support Fund recipients were announced through the 2023 Webasto-UNIST Cooperation Project held at Webasto Korea Co., Ltd. on February 27, 2023. During the course of the event, a workshop, featuring presentations by those recipients was also conducted. The event has been attended by Chairman Lins Margit of the Management Board of Webasto Foundation, Executive VP Joerg Sandmann of Webasto APAC, President Tae-Bong Choi of Webasto Korea Co., Ltd., Dean Jin Young Kim of Research Affairs at UNIST, and other key representatives from both organizations.
UNIST is the only Korean university that is being supported by the Webasto Foundation since 2022. It has pledged to donate a total of 120,000 euros in research funds from 2022 to 2026. Through this support, they plan on conducting research on solar energy technology, related to automotive roof systems for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). As part of this, the first three graduate students were given 10,000 euros each in 2022.