《Editor’s Note: As the new year is approaching, we have put together recent awards and honors at UNIST. Here is a brief summary of those inspiring stories.》
■ Professor KwanMyung Kim Recognized by MOTIE with the Minister’s Commendation!
KwanMyung Kim, Professor in the Graduate School of Creative Design Engineering at UNIST has been honored to be recently recognized by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) with the Minister’s Commendation. The award presentation ceremony was held at the ‘2019 Information Exchange Meeting for the R&D Talent Cultivation Capacity Development Project’, took place in the Westin Chosun Busan on December 19, 2019.
The R&D Talent Cultivation Capacity Development Project by the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), aims to foster and support human resources who will be active in each industrial sector. Professor Kim has been given the award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the cultivation of R&D specialists with an in-depth expert knowledge. The award credited him for fostering practitioners and next-generation researchers through the operation of hands-on master’s and doctoral programs that combine design and engineering.
Besides, Professor Kim spared no effort to stimulate university-industry collaboration and start-ups, especially in the process of cultivating human resources that are closely linked with industry. An excercise assistant tool, namely ‘Anybaro’ is one of those examples, which has been carried out jointly with a business in Ulsan sector. Another product, U.CUBE is also the result of their excellent human resource cultivation project, which demonstrates how to turn students’ ideas for university art projects into actual products.
“We will continue to foster great R&D talents through active university-industry collaborations,” says Professor Kim.
■ UNIST Graduate Student, EunJi Jin Honored with Young Scientist Award at the 2019 AsCA!
EunJi Jin, a graduate student of Professor Wonyoung Choe’s lab in the School of Natural Sciences at UNIST has been honored with the Young Scientist Award, selected by the International Union of Crystallography at the 16th Asia Crystallographic Association (AsCA2019), took place in Singapore from December 17 to 20, 2019.
The Young Scientist Award of AsCA has been designed to recognise outstanding undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral researchers not exceeding the age of 32. The selected people were invited for oral presentations or poster presentations at the conference, thus given some gifts and qualify to be exempt from registration fees.
EunJi Jin has been also invited to deliver an oral presentation at the conference about the results of the synthesis of a new metal-organic framework (MOF) with a negative Poisson’s ratio (NPR). The findings of this research have been published in the May 2019 issue of Science Advances.
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