Each year, UNIST seeks to recognize outstanding employees who exemplify above and beyond performance excellence through their work and the support they provide to help the university accomplish its mission. It is the hard work and dedication of those faculty and staff members that make UNIST’s success possible.
Thirteen outstanding faculty members were recognized for their achievements and contributions at the university’s annual Outstanding Faculty Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.
The annual award recognizes outstanding faculty who have made significant contributions in the areas of research, industry-academic cooperation, and education. Candidates for the awards in each category are to be selected for recommendation, and awarded after careful deliberation. This year, a total of thirteen faculty members―Scholarly Work (3), Research (4), Education (3), and Industry-Academic Cooperation (3)―were honored for their service to their students and the excellence they exhibit in their respective fields. Below are the faculty award winners from the 2022 academic year.
Professor Hyeon Suk Shin (Department of Chemistry) has been recognized at the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Awards Ceremony in the Scholarly Work sector. He has been presented with the Grand Prize for publishing articles in the top journals, including two publications in Nature and seven in SCI-level journals. Professor Hyesung Park (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and Professor Jongwon Lee (Department of Electrical Engineering) have also been honored with main prize at the ceremony for publishing articles in the top 3% journals.
Professor Namhun Kim (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) has been presented with the Grand Prize in the Research sector. Professor Kim has been given this award in recognition of research excellence and the outstanding achievements, such as establishing of the UNIST 3D Printing Convergence Technology Center. Also being honored at the ceremony are Professor Han Gi Chae (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) for carrying out research projects of the Nano Future Material Source Technology Development Program and the Materials/Parts Technology Development Program, Professor Kyudong Choi (Department of Mathematical Sciences) for attracting new Basic Research Projects, and Professor Sebyung Kang (Department of Biological Sciences) for securing external research grants.
In recognition of his contributions to his field, Professor Yongjae Lee (Department of Industrial Engineering) has been presented with the Grand Prize in the Education sector. He has been given the award in recognition of his contributions to his field, including the launching of the UNIST-POSTECH-KAIST Data Science Competition and the AI Challengers Program, as well as for developing AI courses. Professor Kwanyong Seo (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering) and Professor Noejung Park (Department of Physics) have also been honored at the ceremony for contribution to the design and development of AI-related programs and courses.
The esteemed faculty for excellence in the Industry-Academic Cooperation sector include Professor Hankwon Lim (UNIST Graduate School of Carbon Neutrality). He has been presented with the Grand Prize at the ceremony for presenting the possibility of actively solving industrial problems beyond academic achievements in the field of chemical process design technology. Professor Sung You Hong (Department of Chemistry) and Professor Chiehyeon Lim (Department of Industrial Engineering) have also been honored at the ceremony.