On December 16, UNIST announced that two of its faculty members have been selected as recipients of the 2021 awards for excellence from the ‘2021 Academic and Research Support Program’ of the Ministry of Education. They have been honored with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Award.
Every year, the Korean Ministry of Education selects and announces the nation’s top 50 outstanding academic and research performances. This year, 30 cases in the fields of humanities and social sciences, 15 cases in science and engineering (10 cases in individual basic research and 5 cases in science and engineering research foundation), and 5 cases in the field of Korean studies were listed. This includes two individual basic research outcomes by Professor Hyondong Oh (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Kyudong Choi (Department of Mathematical Sciences).
Professor Hyondong Oh (Department of Mechanical Engineering) was named to the Top 50 list for his recent research work on air quality monitoring based on autonomous drones and cluster flight technology. The use of autonomous drones enables dynamic measurements of air quality, analysis of contamination status of harmful substances, while at the same time identifying the source of pollution. Because it has the advantage of fast source identification of air pollutants, this could significantly reduce future casualties and responding time.
Professor Kyudong Choi (Department of Mathematical Sciences) was recognized for his achievements in proving the prediction accuracy of the mathematical model for angiogenesis. Cancer cells require access to blood vessels for growth and metastasis. Therefore, in order to provide an adequate blood supply for new cancer cells, there is a need for the angiogenesis process, so that cancer cells could send signals to nearby tissues and activate growth factors that allow tumors to form new blood vessels. Professor Choi has been given this award for proving the stability of solutions for partial differential equations (PDEs). The higher the stability of solutions for PDEs, the less affected the initial value error of the equation solution.
The award ceremony and performance presentation for these outcomes took place in Daejeon on December 16, 2021.