The School of Mechanical and Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at UNIST has announced the appointment of two of its alumni as assistant professors at Yeungnam University and Wonkwang University, respectively.
Both UNIST alumni, Hyun-Ha Park (Advisor: Professor Hoon-Eui Jeong) and Changyoon Jeong (Advisor: Professor Young-Bin Park) were recently awarded honorary doctorates from the 2020 UNIST’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony, which took place on August 27, 2020.
Dr. Park received her doctorate in Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering under the mentorship of Professor Hoon-Eui Jeong at UNIST. Her research interests lies primarily in the area of micro/nanoscale structures. In particular, she focused on manufacturing bio-inspired micro/nano structures with anti-fouling and anti-microbial properties. As a result, she not only succeeded in developing antifouling materials that suppress the adhesion of bacteria on their surfaces, but also creating moving antifouling surfaces that control surface movement. She will begin her term as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wonkwang University on September 1, 2020.
Dr. Jeong received his doctorate in Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering under the mentorship of Professor Young-Bin Park at UNIST. His research interests lies primarily in the area of lightweight multi-functional composite materials. From structural design to manufacturing, Dr. Jeong has been conducting research in various fields. He will begin his term as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Yeungnam University, beginning September 1, 2020.
In addition to realizing an improvement in physical properties of the existing composite materials, Dr. Jeong aims to develop the next-generation of smart materials with higher utilization through research that could additionally implement energy-harvesting and sensing functions. The new composite materials with the implemented smart functions, such as self-diagnosis and treatment, are poised to transform the cars and robots of the future.
Meanwhile, UNIST held a virtual celebration, honoring the Class of 2020 and celebrating their achievements in a manner that is safe and complies with national health protocols. At the ceremony, a total of 1,325 graduating students joined a family of over 4,500 UNIST alumni. The pre-recorded ceremony is now available on UNIST’s official youtube channel.