“UNIST strives to cultivate creative young talents through a wealth of learning opportunities,” says Dr. Sang-Young Lee, Dean of Student Affairs at UNIST.
For future students considering a degree at UNIST, Dr. Lee gives his top reasons why they should choose UNIST.
Dr. Lee believes that “UNIST is at the forefront of conducting cutting-edge technological and scientific research for the future.” He adds, “Prospective students who are interested in the fields of rechargeable batteries, chemistry, advanced materials, and life science will see a great deal of opportunities and realize their dreams at UNIST.”
According to Dr. Lee, “UNIST consists of outstanding faculty and highly-motivated students who bring exceptional scientific and technical contributions to our research programs.” Moreover, “Well-equippped research facilities, and engaging learning environment are some of the appealing qualities of UNIST,” he states. He continues by saying, “Together they create a great R&D synergy effects and unprecedented reserach outputs.”
When asked what advice he would give to aspiring young scientists, Dr. Lee responded: “As a researcher, one must display a strong desire and motivation to be at the forefront in their respective fields.” He continues by saying, “Keep trying to become a first mover and game changer, not fast followers.”
In 2012, Dr. Lee joined UNIST as an Associate Professor with research and teaching focus in secondary rechargeable lithium ion batteries, polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells, as well as ion-exchange membranes. His current research interests are in the development of advanced energy materials for lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.
Dr. Lee wears many academic hats. He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Technology from Seoul National University. He obtained his M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. degree in the same field from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1993 and 1997. Prior to joining UNIST, he worked as a professor of Chemical Engineering at Kangwon National University, Korea.
Throughout his career he received multiple awards and honors including, Top 50 Basic Research Award by National Reserach Foundation (2014), Excellence in Reviewing by Journal of Membrane Science, Elsevier (2013), as well as Kangwon Top 10 Patent Awards (2012). He is also a Life member of the Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (KSIEC), as well as the Korean Electrochemical Society. He has been a member of the Membrane Society since 2013. He was also a Main coordinator of the 16th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB) in 2012.