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Distinguished Alumni Awards 2017 by KAIST Alumni Association

Writer : PR Office Date : 2018-01-05 Hit : 2192 Email : kaistpr@kaist.ac.kr

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The KAIST Alumni Association announced six Distinguished Alumni Awardees for the year 2017. 

Every year, the association selects alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university through significant contributions to industry, academic achievements, or community service. Since 1992, a total of 95 alumni have been chosen for the distinguished alumni awards.

The recipients are playing major roles in society, and this year is no exception. The award will be given to the alumni during the KAIST New Year Ceremony on January 13 in Seoul. 

Here are the six distinguished alumni of the year 2017.

The Director of Startup KAIST, Byoung Yoon Kim (M.S. in Physics) is one of the faculty who has brought entrepreneurship to KAIST. Before founding companies, he held the position of assistant professor at Stanford University. In 1995, he founded FiberProf Inc, commercializing research results from KAIST lab for their applications to test and measurement equipment for lab and production lines. He launched Novera Optics, Inc in 1999 which produced broadband access network equipment (WDM-PON) for FTFH application. Since 2014, he has been holding the position of director of KAIST Startup and inspiring entrepreneurship. He is being recognized for playing a crucial role in defining a successful model for technology startup ecosystems.


The President of LG Chem Ltd., and Head of Battery Research and Development, Myung Hwan Kim (M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) succeeded in developing and producing the first lithium ion batteries in Korea. His work contributed to Korea becoming the second most powerful nation in batteries. In particular, he obtained more orders from global automobile companies by successfully commercializing batteries for electronic vehicles, which led elevating national competitiveness. Recently, his company is leading the battery market for automobiles and power storage by developing novel materials and supplying optimal batteries to match each field.

The Director of INNOX Advanced Materials Co., Ltd., Kyung Ho Chang (M.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering) challenged himself in the Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB) industry, which was mostly dominated by Japanese companies in 2001; however, he succeeded in localizing the materials. Now, his company is the number one for FPCB materials in Korea. FPCBs are a component used in most electronic devices, including smartphones and tablet PCs. Localizing the materials has brought about an import substitution effect as well as establishing a foundation for national competitiveness in FPCBs.

The Vice President of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Jung-kwan Kim (M.S. in Business) began his career from deputy director in Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. Throughout his career at MOTIE, he served as Director for Energy Development, Director General for Energy Industry Policy, Head Officer of Energy and Resources, and finally Vice Minister for MOTIE. Since joining KITA as the vice president in 2015, he has contributed to supporting overseas expansion of new industries and reinforcing trade competitiveness through opening new markets and providing customized consulting.

The CEO of Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Yun-tae Lee (M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering) is an expert in designing semiconductors. While serving as Head of System LSI and Head of LCD in Samsung Electronics, he made significant contributions to projects involving semiconductors and displays, which are the company’s engine of growth. Moreover, by utilizing his insights from the component business and making bold decisions, he is leading the future of Samsung Electro-Mechanics. 

The CEO of ENF Technology, Jinbae Jung (Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) reinforced national industrial competitiveness by developing high-performance chemicals that are used mostly in the production of semiconductors and displays. Especially, he succeeded in applying regeneration technology of thinners and developing various stripping liquidsHe also localized color pastes, which were heavily dependent on Japan, and improved the quality of color accuracy for LCD panels. 

Notable Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award
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