Professor Doochul Kim is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at Seoul National University, Korea and the current president of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Daejeon, Korea. In 1970, he received his B.S. in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, and four year later earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in the U.S. from Johns Hopkins University.
After three years’ postdoctoral research in the field of statistical physics at both New York University and the University of Melbourne, he returned to Korea to undertake a position as a professor at the Department of Physics within Seoul National University and remained in that position until retirement in 2010.
Over the course of his academic career, Professor Kim focused on various statistical physics problems, including phase transitions and critical phenomena, exactly solvable models, highway traffic flow, characterization and structures of complex networks as well as modelling and dynamics on complex networks.
In 2010, he joined the Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), serving as president for three years. In the autumn of 2014, Professor Kim was announced as the second president of IBS, a young government-funded basic research institution established in 2011.
Jong Guk SONG has been the president of the Science and Technology Policy Institute(STEPI) since 2011. His career as a researcher at STEPI has spanned over Two decades and also in government, science and technology societies, universities and independent civil organizations.
He serves as a fellow for Fiscal Policy Advisory Committee (2015.4~now), He is the director at the international Research and Training Center for Science and Technology Strategy (CISTRAT, 2012.9~now)
Prior to his recent occupations, he was a fellow at the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC, 2013.7~2015.6). and Creative Economy Selective Committee of the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI, 2013.4~2013.12). Also he was an executive advisor of the Education and Science Policy Division at the 18TH Presidential Transition Committee (2013.1 ~ 2013.2). He was the president of the Korean Society for Technology Management and Economics (2010.3~2011.2) and the Advisor to Minister of Science & Technology (1999.8~2001.2).
At Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST, 1994) and Sogang University of Korea (2004), he worked as an acting professor. Also he was in George Mason University, USA as a visiting scholar for pursuing his research (1997.8 ~ 1998.7). He specialized in public economics, innovation policy, technology management.
He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Sogang University and Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University.
Prof. Sunghoon Kim graduated Seoul National University as Bachelor of Science, then received Master degree at KAIST and PhD at Brown University, USA in Bio-Medicine. He is one of the global leaders in translational research connecting the knowledges of basic life science to drug discovery and medicine. He is currently a professor at Seoul National University, leading Korea’s biggest research project named “Biocon” that is a unique platform for the innovation of drug discovery.
His peronal research interest is in uncovering hidden functions of human aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARSs) and their pathophysiological connections to human diseases. He has published nearly 200 research articles in top-notched journals with numerous related patents. He has contributed to the foundation of several biotech companies in US as well as Korea, some of which are listed in Nastaq. With his contributions in life science and biotech industry, he received numerous prestigious awards such as the National Scientist award (2003), the Presidential Award (2006), The Korean National Academy of Science Award (2012) and Hoam Prize in Medicine (2015) etc. He is a member of Korea Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) and the National Academy of Science (NAS).
Dr Uhlen research is focused on protein science, antibody engineering and precision medicine and range from basic research in human and microbial biology to more applied research, including clinical applications. The research has resulted more than 650 publications with a current h-index of 100 (Google Scholar). His group was the first to describe a number of innovations in science including:
Axel Timmermann conducted his PhD research at the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany and received his PhD in Meteorology in 1999 from the University of Hamburg. After 2 years as a postdoc in the Netherlands and 3 years as research team leader at the IfM-GEOMAR/University of Kiel, Germany he moved to the University of Hawaii to work first as an associate professor and then from 2009- 2016 as a full tenured professor at the International Pacific Research Center and the Department of Oceanography. In January 2017 Dr. Timmermann became the Director of the new IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) at Pusan National University, where he also holds a Distinguished Professorship.
In 2008 Axel Timmermann received the prestigious Rosenstiel Award in Oceanographic Science for his fundamental contributions to ocean science. In 2015 he was awarded the University of Hawai’i Regents’ Medal for Research Excellence and in the same year he also became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. In April 2017 Prof. Timmermann received the Milankovic Medal from the European Geosciences Union in 2017 for fundamental and pioneering contributions to the understanding of climate dynamics at different spatial and temporal scales. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles on subjects ranging from Quark-Gluon Plasma, relativistic hydrodynamics, the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, glacial cycles, abrupt climate change, climate prediction, human migration, bio-optics, hydrodynamics and dynamical systems’ theory.
Ryong Ryoo (e-mail: email@example.com, web: rryoo.kaist.ac.kr) is a Distinguished Professor at KAIST, and at the same time, he is the Director of ‘Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions’ in a Korea’s new institute called ‘Institute for Basic Science’, or ‘IBS’ in short. He obtained his PhD degree on heterogeneous catalysis from Stanford in 1986. After doing a one-year postdoctoral work on solid-state NMR at UC Berkeley, he became faculty at KAIST. He is well recognized for his synthesis of CMK mesoporous carbons using silica template, and also synthesis of mesoporous zeolites using surfactants. Recently, he developed a new catalytic carbonization route using La3+, Y3+ and Ca2+ ions inside zeolite pores. He demonstrated that 3-dimensional graphenic carbons could be readily synthesized via the catalytic carbonization process using zeolite templates. He received Breck Award from IZA in 2010. His research interests lie in nanostructured materials.
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