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College of Engineering

Introduction

A Mecca of Engineering Technology in Korea

 

Currently, the College of Engineering is comprised of six divisions and two departments and has about two-hundred full-time lecturers and more than a hundred experimental laboratory facilities.the department`s mandate is to cultivate professional scientific manpower equipped with basic theories for each area of specialization and the ability to apply that knowledge. Built on these facilities, the College of Engineering has achieved the top rank in national qualification examniations.

Educational Objectives

of the College of Engineering are the following:

1) to provide access to a wide range of engineering knowledge for obtaining basic engineering skills and to apply that ability in the desired major field;

2) and to educate and encourage the students to contribute their knowledge and skills for the betterment of society.

Inside Academics

By Eunkyoung Lee, Graduate Student Editor

 

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ‘Hanyang University’? According to a survey conducted by Hanyang News in 2010, the College of Engineering, along with the lion mascot and its blue color, is recognized as the key representation of Hanyang University. As such, the College of Engineering has a legacy of excellence and a great symbolic meaning to students as well as to the general public. It is no wonder that the college is called a Mecca of engineering technology in Korea.

 

The College of Engineering at Hanyang University was founded in 1939 and has educated more than 50,000 bright talents so far. These graduates have long contributed to the industrial development in Korea as engineers, professors, and researchers. The college aims to nurture professional talents equipped with both theoretical foundation and ability to apply the knowledge to practice. The College of Engineering is currently comprised of eight divisions and nine departments, and has about two-hundred full-time faculty and more than a hundred experimental laboratory facilities.

 

School of Architecture / Division of Architectural Engineering

The history of the Architecture program is the history of the development of the College of Engineering and Hanyang University. One of the oldest and top-notch architecture/architectural engineering programs in Korea, the School of Architecture and Division of Architectural Engineering is all about studying planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience. The difference between the two departments is that architecture concentrates on the aesthetics and the functional/spatial layout of buildings, while architectural engineering emphasizes the engineering aspects of the building design and construction process.

 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering is a field of study that is concerned with designing and building necessary infrastructure of a city. The academic subjects can be subcategorized as structural engineering, environmental engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, and construction engineering, which are all essential parts of people’s everyday life. While the architects design individual buildings, civil and environmental engineers design cities; they lay down the groundwork for water, electricity, and other necessities of the society to make a properly functioning city.

 

Department of Urban Planning and Engineering

Urban Planning deals with solving urban and suburban problems through optimal planning and design, including those of land, housing, transportation, and environment. Since Urban Planning incorporates diverse areas such as architecture, civil engineering, economics, geography, sociology, the Department of Urban Planning and Engineering puts great emphasis on creativity and adaptability, rather than simple knowledge itself. The department has six sub-fields, which are urban planning, urban designing, space measure analysis, environment and information, traffic, and urban & real estate development. Some of the latest researches conducted in the department are associated with U-Eco City (a combined word of ‘Ubiquitous’ and ‘Ecological city’), carrying capacity of an environment, and prediction model for housing demands in cities.

 

Department of Mineral, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering

Since its establishment in 1957 (then the Department of Geoenvironmental System Engineering), the Department of Mineral, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering has been involved in many national-level projects on natural energy development, ranging from mining to overseas natural resources development. The department endeavors to take educational leadership, providing field-centered, practical, and comprehensive curriculum for the students. The department’s curriculum copes with two main issues. One is about overseas natural resources development, such as petroleum and natural gas; how to exploit and use the resources. And the other deals with how to treat the environmental problems after the development, such as how to remove pollutant and restore the environment.

 

 

Division of Materials Science and Engineering

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering studies the fundamental properties and characteristics of materials. The division deals with properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering, and examines the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular levels and their macroscopic properties. In response to rapidly changing world, the Division of Materials Science and Engineering is currently offering various programs in association with other universities and companies on the globe. The division has already made agreements with North Carolina State University, Michigan University, and Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science to develop foreign exchange programs.

 

Division of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

The Division of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering can be divided into the Major of Chemical Engineering and the Major of Bioengineering. The Major of Chemical Engineering involves applications of diverse disciplines; chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and biochemistry. Chemical Engineering at Hanyang University focuses especially on practical energy sources, such as solar power, new generation battery, bio-sensor/chip, green energy technology and so on. In 2005, the annual rate of SCI journals per professor was 9.1, which ranked the second top among other notable universities in the same field in Korea. The Major of Bioengineering focuses on the development of biomaterials, drug/gene delivery, and cell/tissue engineering. Bioengineering is the application of concepts and methods of biology (and secondarily of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science) to solve problems in life sciences. The curriculum includes designing bio-materials, generating new tissues and organs from cultured cells, and developing new delivery systems for classical drugs, protein and genes.

 

Department of Organic and Nano Engineering

Nanoengineering is one of the engineering disciplines which studies on the nanoscale. ‘Nano’ was originally derived from the nanometre, a unit of measurement equaling one billionth of a meter. The Department of Organic and Nano Engineering deal with diverse areas, ranging from investigating the structure/property relationship of polymers to developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale. The faculty carries out research projects on the national- and global-level, such as degradable fibers, new polymer synthesis, and aerospace composite materials. The Major has an array of facilities and advanced chemical, physical and mechanical laboratory equipment and techniques, such as fiber spinning, polymer synthesis.

 

Department of Energy Engineering

Energy Engineering is a field of study that researches methods for using energy efficiently by covering various topics ranging from the characteristics and uses of energy to environmental issues. The Department of Energy Engineering focuses on training professionals specialized in energy, and constructing a hub for active international joint research. The department aims to contribute to developing innovative energy technology strategy, securing future energy resources, and creating eco-friendly green energy technology. The Department of Energy Engineering was established in 2010 with the growing importance of the role of energy in the contemporary society.

 

 

Division of Mechanical Engineering

The Division of Mechanical Engineering is the largest single divisions in the College of Engineering, and has raised more than 10,000 competent mechanical engineers since its foundation. Mechanical engineering is derived from classical physics and especially from dynamics. The purpose of mechanical engineering is to apply the theories from physics to the real life and provide convenience to people. Mechanical engineers from the division have made great contributions to our modern advanced industrial society.

 

Department of Nuclear Engineering

The Department of Nuclear Engineering not only focuses on Nuclear Engineering itself, but also studies on how to prevent future disasters that may come with nuclear development. One of the special features of this department is that the curriculum puts much emphasis on studying Radiotechnology. The department teaches various subjects on Radiotechnology such as the effect radiation has on human bodies and environment, the detection of radiation and various uses of radiation. Having set a special interest in emphasizing Radiotechnology long before others started realizing its importance, this Department proudly presents the world’s best academic curriculum for Radiotechnology.

 

Department of Industrial Engineering

Established in 1958 as the first Industrial Engineering major in Korea, the Department of Industrial Engineering teaches the methodology and practical application of decision-making. Although the curricula of the Business Administration and Industrial Engineering seem similar, the former studies various technical factors to operate an entire company smoothly, while the latter learns the production, information and sometimes applied statistics and probability to provide a reasonable solution based on decision making for companies.

 

Department of Automotive Engineering

As the one and only Automotive Engineering major in Korea, the Department of Automotive Engineering at Hanyang University is planning to make itself into a worldly prestigious program for its excellent research and education. The department aims to cultivate global engineers who possess the core technology of future cars through its ‘Specialized educational courses’. The curriculum includes unique courses, such as ‘Kinetic Energy of Automobiles’, ‘Motor Application’, ‘Internal Control System’, and ‘In Vehicle Network’. The department is concentrating its research efforts mainly on ‘Zero emission’ and ‘Zero car accidents’.

 

 

The College of Engineering will continue to train the best engineers to impact our national and world economies. Building on the long tradition of excellence in education and research, Engineering at Hanyang is well situated to respond to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. And now let us take a closer look at the College of Engineering through interviews with the Dean and the Manager of the Administration Team.

 

A Conversation with the Dean, Jaehoon Choi

 

By Ally Jeong, Student Reporter

Photo by Kae-ho Seo, Student Photographer

Q. When we think of Hanyang University, we immediately come up with the ‘College of Engineering’. Will you please introduce the college?

A. The College of Engineering at Hanyang University started its journey from Dong-A Polytechnic Institute in 1939. During 72 years of its history, the College of Engineering has nurtured fifty-two thousand elites contributing in various fields, from domestic industries to high-technology industries, being at the forefront of the Korean industrial development. Under the tradition of pursuing practicality at HYU, the College of Engineering has made outstanding achievements. With high employment rate, the amount of accumulated profits from technology development was ranked first among the all Korean universities from 2006 to 2009. Gains from technology transfers and patent applications in 2008 were the biggest as well. I dare to say that our college is taking the initiative in tailored education for companies.

 

Q. The College of Engineering at HYU has been investing on URIP (Undergraduate Research Innovation Program). Will you briefly tell us about it? Do you think that remarkable achievements of students come by this program?

A. URIP, Undergraduate Research Innovation Program, is a specialized program on research at university level run by the Ministry of Education. For the four years from 2005 to 2008, undergraduates took roles in the program to enhance their abilities in creative research. Our college established URIP Research Center and made 36 professors and 172 students fully participate. Scholarships worth about 1-2 billion won were given to the students based on their performances. Indeed, the program became the infrastructure for practical engineering and nurturing global leaders in related fields. In addition, since our college puts great emphasis on ‘practicality’, we provide a special course, called ‘Integrated Design’. Professors help seniors, through this class, to choose their own research topics and come up with their own outcome, which could be products, models, or even systems. The results of this class can be substituted for the thesis or the graduation exam. Seniors usually work with their advisors to conduct research and experiments for graduation and the most of the research topics are creative and closely correlated to industry practices. As I mentioned above, through various government-support programs, our college was able to lay the groundwork effectively for further research. It has definitely something to do with current achievements made by students. We will work hard to expand our symbolic ‘practical engineering’ to better extent.

 

Q. Are there any interdisciplinary program or curriculum?

A. The College of Engineering has been promoting diverse programs of convergence for innovative and creative education. For example, students at the Department of Architecture can learn architecture combined with either art or urban studies. The Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering integrates with bio technology, cars, and energy. The Department of Biomedical Engineering attempts to combine their studies with medical subjects. Besides, there are various seminars, colloquiums, and symposiums which promote to widen the students’ views and knowledge.

 

Q. Please explain the ‘Consulting Alumni Company’ program.

A. Professors of the College of Engineering have been providing consultation to the alumni businessmen, which is to help them developing and maintaining the competencies in this rapidly changing world. This program aims to realize ‘practical engineering’, one of the main purposes of our college. A recent trend is that the span of a technology gets shorter, whereas the level of technology gets even higher. Therefore, companies need to constantly develop new technologies and strive to get the up-to-date information for survival. Simply put, the cooperation of professors and the alumni companies shows the best partnership between academia and business.

 

Q. How is the ‘Preparatory Class for State Exam for Senior Public Officials’ run?

A. Currently, ne of the important factors which affect the development of science and technology is government policies. Therefore, we truly need public officers who are skilled in technology in public administration. The College of Engineering has reckoned the importance early and run the Preparatory Class for State Exam for Senior Public Officials. In order to enter this class, students ought to take a qualification test. There are seven fields that the students who major in engineering can apply to; Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Chemical Engineering, Information and Communication Engineering, and Data Processing. Any Hanyang student and graduate can apply to the class as long as they are passionate enough to study hard. If a student becomes a member of the class, dormitory and textbooks are given at no cost. Special lectures for the first and the second rounds of the exam are given as well. In addition, students who pass the first round will be exempted from all tuition fees for one semester. Also, if students make it to the final round and get accepted, the rest of the tuition fees may be exempted. As you can see, there are many benefits for entering the class.

 

Q. How are the alumni of the College of Engineering doing?

A. As I just mentioned earlier, many Hanyangians from our Preparatory Class have been playing active roles in public administration. HYU has embedded its name on the second place for the acceptance rate of the State Exam in Technology Expert Position. Our graduates are doing good jobs as civil officers, but they are doing outstanding work in the business and industry. For instance, more than 90% of the board members of Hyundai-Kia Group are HYU’s graduates, and this number turns out to be more than twice of Seoul National University’s. HYU has produced many engineering CEOs, and the Major of Mechanical Engineering has especially shown the excellent achievements. Monggu Jeong, the President of Hyundai-Kia Group, Jisong Lee, the President of Korea Land Housing Corp., and Jajoon Ku, the President of LIG Insurance would be the exemplary figures.

 

Q. Please tell us about how students get help on their career paths.

A. As the demand of our students in engineering fields is still high, the College of Engineering at HYU has not been experiencing a serious unemployment crisis as much as other colleges have. However, I am not saying that we are not yet satisfied with the status quo. Our college is offering programs to strengthen students' abilities to raise competitiveness in job markets. For instance, Job Pilot Program, supported by the Ministry of Education and Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training helps students find out their own competencies through self-examination called K-CESA (Korea Collegiate Essential Skills Assessment). ‘Incruiting Build-up Program’ is another unique program for juniors and seniors to help students with the actual process of getting jobs by having mock interviews, group discussion, and presentations. ‘Employment Boosting Network Program’ is to connect alumni with current students and share the know-hows about getting jobs.

 

Q. It is known that the every college is now run under the new management system, called RCM (Responsibility Center Management), of which idea is to empower the college-level administration as more autonomous unit. As a chief professor of the college, what is your vision for the College of Engineering? How would you like to pave the road for the college?

A. The College of Engineering at HYU aims to be internationally competitive school with innovative education in technology. Our college is trying hard to attract brilliant students, to give them excellent education, and to strengthen the research capability in order to rank fiftieth or above among the world engineering schools. We have been making a lot of efforts to get national projects and to expand research on convergence of technologies for higher-level research. In addition, we are setting up state-of-the-art facilities, including laboratories. We are looking forward to having students with creativity and business mindsets just like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

 

Q. What would you say the three important things for students in the College of Engineering at HYU? Are there any advices you want to give to current and prospective Hanyang students?

A. I would like to say it is important for the engineering-major students to have the spirit of challenge, creativity, and perseverance. I think it is important to aim high and think different. Do not give up easily, and try to overcome the obstacles along the way. Do not let things be as they are now and make them better. It is okay to make mistakes on your way as long as you can learn something from them. Anything is possible, so if you want to do something just put it into action. For future Hanyangians or applicants, please listen to your heart. Most students tend to follow their parents’ or teachers’ opinions and ignore their own aptitudes or preferences, but they should not. Please do what you are good at, especially something that you are eager to do.

 

allyjeong@hanyang.ac.kr

 

A Conversation with the Administration Team Manager, Changkeun Song

 

By Ally Jeong, Student Reporter

Photo by Hyeon-jung Kim, Student Photographer

Q. Please tell us general tasks that the Administration Team deals with.

A. On August 1, 2011, the College of Engineering was combined into one from five separate engineering colleges; therefore, the Administration Teams automatically were integrated as well. Based on RCM (Responsibility Center Management), the Administration Team at the College of Engineering is in charge of administrative affairs and student support works. To describe in detail, our works include the college development plan, administrative supervision, budget, international cooperation, management of facilities, admission, scholarships, students’ employment, and so on.

 

Q. What would be the difference from the other colleges in the campus? In other words, what is the strength that the Administration Team at the College of Engineering has?

A. As many of you have already known, almost 8,000 students ? including both undergraduates and graduate students ? and about 240 faculty members now belong to the College of Engineering. To effectively manage such a big-sized college, the Administration Teams divided itself into four sub-divisions. The team also handles the Engineering Education Innovation Center and 3 class support rooms. Not only the Dean and the vice Dean, but also about 70 staffs are working here solely for Hanyang students. In order to realize ‘the Engine of Korea’ to the full extent, the Administration Team is helping professors focus on teaching and research. The Administration Team especially focuses on keeping safety all the time. Moreover, we do not want any student to be left behind. By offering sufficient infrastructure, we hope our students to have the best education service.

 

Q. What are the reasons for the unification of several engineering colleges? And what can we expect through such a change?

A. The main reason of the integration of engineering colleges is to establish its identity and strengthen the research capacity to move forward with greater status. In addition, the Head Office tried to cope with the major drawbacks of the central administration system and establish RCM to effectively run each college. We expect from this change that the decision-making and execution would be more efficient. Such specialization will lead us to be more convincing and trustworthy to obtain more national support.

 

Q. The College of Engineering at HYU has the largest number of students. For what reasons do the students come to the office, and how do you help them? And what kinds of programs or events are being held for them?

A. About 6,200 undergraduates are currently attending the college, and there exists 3 student body councils; Engineering, Information System, Architecture. There is an important event in our college, called ‘Gong-no-ri,’ which is an autumn culture festival, hosted by the Student Body Council and supported by the College of Engineering. Beside the festival, there are the ‘Night of the Engineering’, the ‘Graduation Exhibition of Hanyang Architecture’, ‘Freshmen orientation’, and so forth. In addition, the ‘Math Competition’ is also co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Student Body Council. It aims to enhance students’ calculation abilities, and further, to encourage the pride of HYU. This event is a part of the autumn culture festival and it has already been the 11th year since the start.

 

Q. Are there any exchange student program run by the College of Engineering? If so, please explain it. And how many foreign students are there in the College of Engineering?

A. Frankly speaking, we do not have our own exchange student programs yet. But we are now in the process of planning and promoting. As of April, 2011, the College of Engineering sent 24 students abroad for two semesters with the help of the Office of International Cooperation. 135 students are currently studying abroad for short period and for learning foreign language. For internship and volunteer works, 28 students and 29 students, consecutively, are spending their time abroad. We have 257 enrolled foreign students, in total. Although the number of foreign students seems very small now, we are working hard to attract more foreign students in near future.

 

Q. Please tell us about the scholarship system of the College of Engineering.

A. Scholarship is perceived as an encouragement or a reward for a student’s hard work. It could also reduce the financial burden. And obviously, it is an honor for a student to receive it. Living up to its high reputation, the College of Engineering at HYU has many great scholarships. For scholarships given by HYU itself, there are some based on academic performances. ‘Love in Practice’, ‘Hanyang Science Technology’, ‘Hanyang Outstanding Engineer’, ‘Hanyang Outstanding Scientist’, ‘Leadership’ are ready for the engineering major students. Scholarships given by the other organizations are even more various in terms of benefits. To begin with, there is a full scholarship given by the Korean government. There is also a scholarship, called ‘Scholarship by 1978 Alumni Association’. This scholarship has such a special meaning because the fund is made by the class of 1978 of the college. Indeed, the College of Engineering is fully prepared with many scholarships to financially support your study.

 

Q. As a chief manager of the administrative team, would you like to say something to the students?

A. Our students deserve to be proud of being a student of Hanyang’s College of Engineering. We will always be right near you when you need any help.

 

allyjeong@hanyang.ac.kr