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2018-03 13

[Alumni]Breaking Barriers for the Future of Medicine

Becoming a doctor is a common childhood dream for many children. However, after growing up and realizing how challenging such a dream is, a large number of dreamers abandon their pursuit. This pattern is similar for computer scientists. The study of computer engineering, just like every other subset of engineering, is notorious for being extremely demanding. Now imagine attaining a doctorate degree in both of these fields. As impossible as it sounds, Hyun Wook Han (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, ‘94), currently a head professor at Cha University, has achieved such goals, and is now paving a new path that combines the potential possibilities of the two fields. This is Health Care Big Data Recently having published the book, This is Health Care Big Data, Han expressed his deep passion for big data technology. Referring to his book as an introductory guideline to understanding this relatively new concept, Han emphasized the need for technical knowledge. “As much as big data is gaining attention in light of the 4th industrial revolution, there are not many books that handle the technical aspect of it. Most books are written by non-engineers. Although these books hold profound insight into the entrepreneurial and social aspects of big data, they lack explanation on the technical elements fundamental to truly understanding this technology.” Han, therefore, drew from academic information, personal experiences, and the columns that he had occasionally written, to create an extensive book on big data. Largely connecting the concept of health care and telecommunications technology, he wrote about the common area where the two fields meet. Furthermore, while compounding this information, Han also took into consideration the importance of readability, since the targeted readers for the book were the majority of the public. He explained that the book does not delve too deeply into the field, which is the reason why he called it “introductory.” Han has always liked writing. "I used to write poems as a student." Big data and health care artificial intelligence Immersed in clinical research and development, Han described his research as “networking fields of medicine.” According to Han, the various departments of medicine each have a significant amount of accumulated data. A problem with the status quo is that not a single pair of departments inspect the possibility of a relationship between data from their respective fields. “Simply speaking, what I do is discover the relationship between two objects. These objects could be diseases, particles, genes, and so on. A key characteristic of my research is that the pool of factors that I draw from transcends a single department of medicine. Curiously, not many people study two departments at the same time.” With the development of new drugs stagnant due to increasing restrictions and limitations, Han explained that new paradigms to comprehend and approach diseases were in demand. In this process, big data is the key. Due to the nearly infinite volume of data, big data is the only technology that allows the user to process and analyze the data set. Furthermore, big data is an essential, fundamental tool that enables the development of an Artificial Intelligence program for health care. “An AI for health care would be another breakthrough for mankind. The spotlight, especially from the government, is focused on creating an AI program." Han, however, explained that it is still a distant technology. One of the biggest problems that he noted was the lack of clinical data. “Most researchers today try to compete with AI algorithms, without extensive insight into clinical data. This sets a critical limit on its practicality. The reason that the major hospitals in Korea do not use AI programs is because of instability.” As an illustration for his argument, Han took the example of cancer. As cancer is a deeply genetic disease with diversified treatment processes, it cannot be generalized for practical uses. An extensive set of clinical data will be the only solution to provide practicality for AI algorithms. Han works with a number of medical firms, seeking ways to implement big data and block chain technology. To enable big data analysis and AI development becomes possible, an extensive accumulation of accurate information is extremely crucial. However, this process is nearly impossible for several reasons. First, the formats of medical records and documents are different at each hospital, making it difficult to collect and organize the data in a consistent manner. Second, there is a phenomenon called “doctor shopping” in Korea. This refers to patients picking out the hospital and doctor they want to see. After receiving diagnoses from any number of desired doctors, patients then decide on the hospital that they wish to receive treatment from. This means that even if some hospitals have data on disease diagnosis, they do not necessarily have a accompanying record on treatment. This phenomenon scatters medical information everywhere. Even the data on treatment can become fractured when a patient decides to move around hospitals for the best treatment. Finally, even if it was somehow possible to collect the fragmented medical data in a consistent manner, current medical laws ban the use of medical data from being exported to another entity. According to Han, all these obstacles can be overcome with a key technology: block chain. Block chain technology is the building block of crypto currency, allowing the creation of a virtual ledger that cannot be meddled with. This endows security and stability to the newly surfacing form of currency. The same manner of utilization can be adapted for medical data. The reason why medical records were entrusted to hospitals was because they were the only entity deemed responsible enough not to modify medical documents for their own benefit. However, with the block chain technology, medical records and data can be entrusted to the individual, allowing the possibility of attaining data legitimately. Furthermore, the diagnosis and treatment will no longer be fragmented, ensuring the profundity of the data set. The development and implementation of this technology is steadily underway. Han added that one of his current research topics is focused on creating the environment that enables the purchase and sale of medical data. “Personal medical data will inevitably be a valuable asset that companies will seek to purchase. What I want to prepare is a new market for this transaction.” Han’s journey The department of computer engineering was not established when Han went to school. The department of electrical and electronic engineering had an integrated curriculum, providing classes in computer engineering and electrical engineering. Han made the decision to take classes in system engineering, computer programming, and so on. After graduation, Han went to Seoul National University's graduate school of electronics and computer engineering where he focused his research on databases. What drew him to the medical field was a single seminar. Among the large number of seminars at the time, Han participated in the one where the speaker talked about the infinite data created by cells and how they could be used (the term, “big data” was non-existent at the time). This concept was a great shock at the time, and it has grasped Han’s interest since then. Han stated that though his studies were tough, he felt a genuine interest in his classes. During the short period of employment after attaining his master’s degree, Han decided to pursue a career in bioinformatics. After extensive contemplation, as well as consultation, Han concluded that an analyst would be as far as he could get in the field without extensive knowledge in biology or medicine. After some consideration, he enrolled in Cha Medical University. His courses there revolved around clinical research, a direction he continues to this day. “It was very difficult studying both fields. Having studied subjects such as math, physics, and systems logic, I’ve never had to memorize much for my classes. They were more focused on comprehension. On the other hand, the field of medicine was about memorizing, from beginning to end. At a relatively old age, it was hard to memorize so much information. I think I studied about three times as much as my peers did. The process was definitely not easy. However, after completing my studies, I could really feel the synergy coming into play when I began my doctorate courses. I could communicate the language in both fields, reading and referring from research papers in respective fields. This helped out a lot.” Drawn from his life experience, Han emphasized the importance of connectivity for young students. “In school, different subjects are studied independently. There are hardly any classes that teach students how to connect and integrate different fields. As of now, it is up to the students to grow the ability to do so.” Han wished to advise students to learn to connect different domains. According to Han, this insight through integration can often create an opportunity of “burst.” Lee Chang-hyun Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-02 27

[Alumni]Introducing Ajaeng to the World

A jazz and ajaeng cross over recital named ‘the Moon’ was held on the 19th of January, in the chamber hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts to commemorate her release of a new album. ‘Ajaeng,’ being an instrument a lot of people aren’t familiar with, earned great attention between the audiences. The ajaeng player, Jung Mi-jung (M.S. in Music, ‘16), successfully finished her recital with positive remarks and is now preparing for the next step. News H met with her in a quiet café to hear more about her life as a unique instrument player. ‘Moon’ Ajaeng is a seven-stringed Korean traditional instrument commonly used in court music. It has a unique, low-toned pitch, that charms all who listen to it. However, not a lot of people are aware of this instrument. Jung is therefore working hard to introduce this instrument to the world. Moon, the name of her new album and her latest concert, included crossover and her own music to fascinate people, which resulted in great success. The album titled ‘Moon’ contains 8 different songs: four songs that were written on her own and four already-existing songs combined with ajaeng’s unique tone. News H met Jung in an artistic cafe which is associated with her. Jung had a meaningful intention to her first crossover music album. “I once took a taxi with my ajaeng. However, the driver didn’t even know the existence of the instrument. After then, I decided I should work harder to introduce ajaeng to the world,” reminisced Jung. She combined different genres and instruments to her music and released an album. Mixing various genres allowed the audience to have more interest in her songs. In her commemoration concert, she added improvisation on stage and gave another atmosphere to the hall. Various players who are talented in their own areas participated in the concert, giving liveliness to the hall. The concert finished with great success, recording over three hundred, non-professional audiences, and a step toward the publicity of ajaeng. Living with a unique instrument “My father loved Korean traditional music. He used to play the drums every night for his hobby. Even though it might seem small, that greatly motivated me to pursue Korean traditional music as my career,” reminisced Jung. She first started with Haegeum, which is also a similar instrument to ajaeng, only with a much higher tone. However, ajaeng seemed to fit her much better. “I think each and every person has an instrument that fits him or her. I tend to have a lower voice than others, and I think it was the same for my instrument,” said Jung. She was more ‘fit’ to ajaeng than any other instrument and was therefore able to become a professional even though she first started ajaeng when she was in the second grade of high school. After her degree in university and after a few years of her life as a professional ajaeng player, she decided to continue on with her studies. Restarting her academic life in Hanyang University for a master’s degree, she was able to improve herself in both theory and practice. “This experience raised me to become a better person in the society of Korean traditional music. I definitely have more chances and situations to prove myself after graduation. With the field of ajaeng being so small, I want to help boost the field as much as I can, and I wish to use the chances I have,” commented Jung. For years to come Throughout her life of ajaeng, she has already been to various countries and has spread not only the knowledge of the instrument but Korean culture itself. She said she is still learning the value of her instrument through these incidents. “After the accompanied performance in Russia, an elderly woman burst out in tears, and the firm director hugged me saying I did well. I can still remember that scene even that time has passed,” reminisced Jung. Jung wishes to introduce ajaeng to the whole world. Jung is still continuing her life as an ajaeng player. “I am currently working on another Korean traditional music collection, writing solo pieces. I wish to make more literary music through my abilities,” said Jung. She showed her passion to perform more in foreign countries and become an educator in the future. “I want to be able to take part in a change of this cultural field, and it’s going to be difficult if I don’t become a leader. I wish I could become a leader to better improve the field of Korean traditional music.” Jung--without a doubt--is walking her way to becoming another leader of her generation. On Jung-yun Photos by Choi Min-ju

2018-02 26

[Alumni]For Africa, In Africa

What are some of the most common preconceived notions of Africa? You might likely think of it as a place of less development, fatal diseases, and torrid weather. However, people with analytic insight will say that it is a place full of potentially infinite development. Jin Seung-soo (Division of Mechanical Engineering, ’09), dedicating his passion in making Africa a better country, is a member of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Jin shared his story of working in Africa this week. Collaboration is the key AfDB is an intercontinental development finance institution whose objective is to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions in Africa, with aims to develop its social and economic status at large. Currently consisting of 80 member countries, 54 of which are African countries and the rest, non-African countries, the organization is staying faithful to its mission through supporting projects and programs that foster the economic and social development of the country. Counseling and financing for development, the AfDB provides grants, concessional loans, and non-concessional loans which are mainly used to build large-scale infrastructure and for economic policy reformation or empowerment. "In an international finance institute like AfDB, there are people from diverse fields of study." (Photo courtesy of Jin) Upon entering the AfDB in 2013, Jin is currently in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire where the headquarters is located and is taking charge of developing energy projects for Eastern Africa. He is an energy finance expert, mainly responsible for leading the energy project financing. In other cases, he is a financial specialist who analyzes the profitability and economic validity of the finance project. When the African government or a private sector requests finances for energy projects, the AfDB’s sector expert supports them as a task manager and forms an appraisal team with specialists like Jin in addition to other specialists such as environmental and social specialists, legal specialists, and credit risk specialists. The team would then make decisions regarding the financing for the project. Taking a glimpse into Jin’s career in Africa, there seems to be little connection between his major Mechanical Engineering and his financing work. Jin accounted for this seemingly divergent career path: “since I was an university student, I was interested in other fields outside of the Engineering Department such as management and finance. I once took a course and studied plants, which triggered my interest in project financing. Being a part of the strategy for the planning team of Samsung C&T Corporation and Samsung LED, I added financial knowledge on top of my engineering knowledge. Then, I grew ambitious and wanted to use my competency to do something big.” Afterwards, Jin quit working in Samsung and got his M.A. degree in Business Administration from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Having studied both engineering and finance, Jin was eager to find the merging point between the two fields. He finally came to the conclusion that he would finance projects, which led Jin to challenge himself in Africa in a sequence. A project for providing clean water (Photo courtesy of AfDB) The potential to create greater impact With its growth rate exceeding that of the world’s rate, Africa is being spotlighted for development investments, displaying an infinitude of possibilities for development around just about every corner of the country. Working for and living in Africa for several years now, Jin has been witnessing the growth of the country while at the same time being involved in its development. “Currently, Africa isn’t a very stable country, which is why many countries are deterred from investing in it. In the case of Korea, it is maintaining its speculative stance toward Africa since it classifies the country as a risk. However, Africa has a very high growth rate and a strikingly low development level, which brings the effect of development to its climax,” commented Jin. As aforementioned, Jin’s job is to analyze the economic validity of a project as a financial analyst. He feels the highest sense of achievement when the project he financed develops into a beneficial one, both financially and economically. He recalled one of his most rewarding performances while financing South Africa’s Concentrate solar power plant project, where earning the approval from the bank was very difficult due to a profitability-related matter. Despite the fact that Jin was a newly recruited member, he was a big help in that situation. “It is always a very good thing to see people’s lifestyle changing due to the changes of development. Providing electricity to the region where there is no electricity, for example, would completely change people’s lives. Furthermore, the electricity could be used to further develop the area. Thinking about all the awaiting developments, it feels very gratifying and valuable. As an energy finance expert, Jin’s goal in the long run is to promote as much investment as possible and contribute in its energy development. Furthermore, he envisions promoting investments to Africa from Korea and building a bridge between the two countries and allowing Korean corporations to enter Africa. “For all the students who dream of working for the promotion of global welfare, there are three things to keep in mind: First, fluency in a second or even a third language and expertise in your field are indispensable. Second, experience is crucial. It is never easy to enter an international organization, which means that in order to increase your competency, having related experience could lift you up and serve as an essential background. Last, suitability and perseverance are required. A large institute is not a place you can get into right after graduating from school. You need a definite goal and supporting plans to eventually achieve your dream. Failure is not to be feared!” "Africa has infinite potential for development." (Photo courtesy of Dong A) Jeon Chae-yun

2018-02 25

[Alumni]Catching the Moment of the Act

“A play is an exciting form of art. It exists in each moment, and every performance is different and special.” The celebrated play critic, Kim Ock Ran (Korean Literature, 87'), recently awarded the Yeoseokki Critic Award, showed a visible air of excitement and love for the theatrical art. “I love being part of the moment. Not only do I write about the plot and acting of the play, I watch the audience, observing how their breath changes in reaction to the performance.” Kim confessed that her interests were strictly in plays. She hardly watches movies. (Photo courtesy of Lee Eun Kyeong) Red and Black Winner of the 2017 Yeoseokki award, Kim writes about plays in a wide scope of magazines and journals. “It is an extreme honor to have been awarded this prize. This award is a very special recognition. If no noteworthy piece is published that year, the award isn't given at all.” Named after the late play critic, Yeo Seok-ki, who established the field of play critic, the award is dedicated to continuing his legacy and recognizing great writers in the field. Kim also mentioned that the award was given by Yeo's daughter, which was another great honor. Kim was awarded for her book, Red and Black. The book held piercing criticism towards the government in the years from 2013 to 2015 when the “Black list” scandal had created a huge issue. “Plays are more vulnerable to government censorship since it has to happen on stage. During the black list period, stages would suddenly go under construction blocking plays from even happening.” According to Kim, censorship had become a critical tool for the government, especially after the Sewol Incident. She was surprised to find out the pattern of censorship as she had organized and wrote about the dispersed cases of government intervention. “I realized a lot of things while writing this book. I learned how pervasive censorship is and the role I play as a critic. The book also helped me find and secure my voice.” “My philosophy in writing is to “write easily.” More than anything, the readers should be able to read with ease. I had the privilege to visit the late critic Yeo and asked him how I should write.” His answer was to write in a simple and clear tone, and since then, it has been the guideline for Kim. She confessed that she rewrites her pieces several times, focusing on how she can shorten her sentences. “The key point in critic writing is empathy. Readers need to relate to the message that I aim to deliver. It also needs to be alive. Because plays are very much alive.” Life as a play critic According to Kim, her decision to become a play critic came very naturally. She majored in Korean literature, specializing in Korean plays. Therefore, she had many opportunities to see theatrical performances as a student. Furthermore, personal mediums such as blogs and social networking portals had just come into existence at the time. “I had plenty of things to write about and the perfect place to write on. It all just came very naturally.” During her years as a student, the Department of Theater and Film belonged to the College of Humanities, giving her more opportunities to get involved in the arts. It was also an era of demonstrations, so students spent more time on the streets than in classrooms. According to Kim, there were many seminars back then and many discussions and debates. She received much constructive feedback and ideas during her seminar sessions. Her life as a student was very active, participating in photography clubs and traveling. “I did everything with passion. I don't think I could live so actively if I had the chance to go back.” "I traveled, took photos, wrote, watched performances, and just had so much fun." (Photo courtesy of Lee Eun Kyeong) The future of Korean plays and Kim's role “Up until the 1980's and 90's, the writer held the most power and influence over plays. After that, it was the era of directors. Although the text was given, the manner of delivering the piece unto the stage was most important, a task best suited for directors. The trend these days has turned to production theaters. Until now, theaters were merely hardware. Always rented and reserved.” Now the tide has turned to production theaters. Theaters regularly decide on the themes, adapting the stage to cater to it. Then the directors and writers are casted, creating a line-up for the season. According to Kim, the influence of ideas and social issues has grown stronger. The trend has also begun to provide performance opportunities abroad. She sees it as a development, giving productions more independence and power. “Plays in the past had too much intervention from the Korean National Drama Company." "I think this is the last step of democratization for Korean theaters." (Photo courtesy of Lee Eun Kyeong) Kim sees the field of play productions as going through a period of struggle and development. With the recent scandals concerning sexual harrasment and inequality, the theatrical arts is going through a tough period. Kim has also expressed great remorse over the course of events. “Many people devoted to this form of art are devastated. The pillars that we cherished and celebrated had been rotten from the start.” Nevertheless, Kim was hopeful, as she sees it as a step towards a better society. “It hurts, very much. But it was something unacceptable, and the people are moving towards change." Kim was determined to cover every inch of this change as a person researching this field. “I have an obligation to keep a certain distance, and record this moment in history as objectively as possible. It is a time that requires much wisdom and courage, and I am optimistic for the future we will approach.” Lee Changhyun Photo by Kang Chohyun

2018-02 22

[Alumni]Demonstrate the academic value of foundation education

Most universities conduct foundation supporting education. In the short term, it presents options other than employment to students, and in the long term, helps to pioneer their own work. However, skeptical views exist as to whether this education, within the framework of education, develops students’ practical, entrepreneurial abilities. Lee Young-gun, a graduate (Business Administration 08), shattered this prejudice to win the grand prize in the foundation thesis through his submission of a paper proving the substantial effects of the foundation supporting education within the university. Passion and commitment bring out achievements "I am incredibly happy that I have received the grand prize in the ‘2018 foundation thesis’ after a year and a half since I began studying Foundation Studies,” said graduage Lee Young-gun, after receiving this prize. While receiving the prize, he became more profoundly affectionate and responsible about previous foundation studies and showed a firm passion and will for his studies. "I would like to make substantial contributions to the growth of Korean small and medium-sized enterprises in the future and become a leading foundation scholar who will strive for further research to make Korea brighter." The conference that gave him the grand prize was ‘USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship),’ an annual academic conference hosted by the American Small Business and Foundation Association. This association, established in 1981, and having a history of over 38 years, is the world's largest small enterprise and foundation association, boasting a membership of over 5,000 scholars. As a result of the many competitions and verifications at this academic conference, he was able to receive the prize. "In 2018 Academic Convention, 254 universities in 24 countries participated and submitted more than 400 papers. My thesis was chosen as the grand prize by competing with the winners in the ‘Theory,’ Substantiation,’ and ‘New Entry’ categories. After the nominations for the grand prize, I received the first prize in the ‘Education’ category," reminisced Lee. ▲ "USASBE", an annual academic conference hosted by the American Small Business and Foundation Association, awarded Lee Young-gun (Business Administration 08) the grand prize. (Source: International Council for Small Business) In addition to the award, he was promised to receive scholarships from the Kauffmann Foundation. Lee states, "The Kaufman Foundation is one of the largest organizations to expand the entrepreneurial spirit and entrepreneurial cultivation project. When receiving this scholarship from this organization, I will be so excited that a direct celebration greeting from masters in foundation and business." Better to know in advance and establish You cannot miss the story of the thesis that helped him to be awarded. He explained that he wrote a paper on the theme of ‘the influence of the university foundation supporting education on the improvement of foundation capacities'. "Through this paper, I have studied whether the entrepreneurial ability of a student can be improved through university education. With professor Patrick Kreiser, while my thesis was in progress, I considered the relationship between foundation and education,” explained Lee. ▲ Lee Young-gun (Business Administration 08) received the grand prize in the 2018 Foundation Study Award at "USASBE". (Source: graduate Lee Young-gun) He conducted a questionnaire survey of 927 undergraduates from the State University in the US and analyzed the curriculum and courses offered at the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering. As a result, the foundation supporting education provided by the university is to improve foundation abilities of university students. "The Foundation Supporting Education has actually helped foster university students' entrepreneurial ability, and there is a tendency to dream more about foundations with family members who have experienced foundations and from the students aiming for foundations to provide higher entrepreneurial abilities." Of course, these studies were not done easily. He cited numerous curricula as the greatest challenge in analyzing each curriculum individually and promote research, while comparing it with the undergraduate classes. I have spent a lot of time analyzing the curriculum provided by the Management University Certification (AACSB) and the Technical University Certification (ABET) and comparing it with actual undergraduate classes from American universities." However, he had reasons to do research on this topic. "As the interest in foundation education increased globally, I felt the necessity to research the substantial effects of foundation-related education. For example, I wanted to release empirically through papers on how foundation should be taught, and whether foundation education is substantially connected to the foundation of the students." His quest and passion for the current issue provided empirical results. To students aiming for foundation There are still Hanyang people who do not have any opinions yet even though they want to start a business and learn how to be educated by the Foundation Supporting Education. To these students, he gives advice to make full use of the support from Hanyang. "As an undergraduate, I was interested in various programs offered by Hanyang. Through the Capstone Design course, I had experienced consulting and had an opportunity to interview a representative of a cosmetic company, directly. Moreover, I visited a local factory in Indonesia through the overseas internship program and was able to experience the actual business environment. In these ways, my experiences gained through various programs of Hanyang University became the foundation for studying foundation. In addition, He said that the mental attitude necessary for entrepreneurship is also important. "According to a survey Lee had conducted last year that was administered to about 1,400 SME Executives, "business managers generally had high initiative, innovation, and challenge to take risks." Quoting these findings, “It is important to foster initiative and spontaneity," he further added. ▶ Believing that the foundation itself can become a discipline, graduate Lee Young-gun has asked juniors to accept the foundation as a discipline that is worth pursuing, not as a difficult task. (Source: Yonhap News)

2018-02 12

[Alumni]A Proud and Blissful Architect

“At the age of 85, looking back at my life, I am very happy and thankful,” began Yu. Yu Hi-jun (Department of Architecture, ’58) is a Hanyang alumnus and an emeritus professor who taught at Hanyang for 34 years. Having experienced, learned, and achieved a lot in his long journey of life as an architect, Yu has a shining story to share. An architect and an artist Almost every day, Yu goes to a coffee shop nearby his house alone and enjoys a cup of coffee for a good two hours. “I like to look back at my life to recall my deeds and ponder whether I’ve led a good life or not.” It all started with Yu’s hobby of drawing a continuous pattern on paper every weekend, which gladly and willingly imprisoned Yu in his room. Since he was in middle school, Yu unconsciously showed his talent in art. “One time, when I was a first grader in middle school, my teacher told us to draw a sketch of the school building. Afterwards, he would put every piece of work on the front board and let it be evaluated openly by all of his classmates. When he saw mine, he said it wasn’t just a mere sketch,” remembered Yu. From this and several other incidents, Yu began to discover his talent in art and architecture. There had been many ups and downs in Yu’s life before entering Hanyang’s Department of Architecture, such as being captured by the military troop, the Korean War on the 25th of June in 1950, and following months of starvation. Due to the war, Yu was not able to make it to highschool graduation. However, this did not stop him from going to university. During his years in Hanyang, his talent in drawing and architecture became more prevalent and outstanding that it attracted popularity and attention from in and out of the school. Eventually, during the days when going abroad to study was as rare as being nearly impossible, Yu went to America to extend his studies in architecture for graduate school in Iowa. He attempted to earn his tuition fee by getting a job in a design office. “When I was walking in Hanyang campus one day, I was determined to make Hanyang University a better school with my own hands," commented Yu. One thing that triggered Yu’s desire for studying further was the frustration he received when his professor frequently remarked, ‘there’s something great about this work.’ Yu was more than desperate to find out what that “something” was, which he quenchingly found the answer to after his research and studies in America and during his long years of teaching in Hanyang. The answer was brought to Yu by his accumulation of knowledge and skills as an artist and an architect. Building up on his talent, his hunger for studying and ambition for the future enabled Yu to overcome his past hardships, and that drove him forward. Having studied abroad, Yoo's fluency in English is not surprising. Built in the past, stands through the future “My philosophy in architecture is creativity. Regardless of the type of art, once seen, it should ring a pounding beat to one’s heart at the first sight. I was once requested to design a cathedral. After completing it, I imagined the situation where I had to put rows of mattresses because I was afraid people who saw it for the first time would scream and fall back,” said Yu, half jokingly. He revealed that his source of inspiration is his knowledge and all the theories he has studied. Yu takes a shower before starting his work to freshen up his body and mind. “The theories and concepts I’ve studied have become a great stimulus, and that’s where my inspiration comes from.” Being the receiver of the 21st Catholic Art Special Prize this week, Yu’s notable list of achievements goes on and on. Starting with the former president Park Jung-hee’s office, Yu turned out to be the one who designed the architecture of the Blue House’s (the Korean Presidential Residence) Reception Hall. In addition, after president Park’s wife had become deceased, Yu was requested to remodel her bedroom. He was even requested to design the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs by the president. It was evident that Yu’s sense of architecture was at the level of wide recognition and appreciation, even by the president, so much so, that he was almost single-handedly responsible for such tasks. From designing several cathedrals to numerous buildings and from writing a number of books, there have been countless achievements Yu has accomplished in his life. Yu remembers the day when he was in a bookstore in Canada looking for books related to architecture and feeling inexplicably happy. He was so happy that he was able to study and learn and be who he was. His passion for studying and architecture has never seemed to dwindle. From December of 2015 to December of 2016, Yu’s private exhibition by the name of ‘Passion’ was held, expressing his happiness and thankfulness of his life. His passion and devotion to art and architecture will remain enthusiastic in his works. The Reception Hall of Cheongwadae, the Korean Presidential Residence (Photo courtesy of Three of the paintings from Yu's 'Passion' (Photo courtesy of "You need to discover your own path. Otherwise, it won't open." Jeon Chae-yun Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-02 11

[Alumni]Touching the Hearts of Children

When asked what she aspires to become, Yoon Na-hyo (Media Communication, ’17), a young yet well-experienced voice actress of over 10 years replied, “I’ve always wanted to become ‘Santa Clause.' Simply because giving out ‘presents’ always makes people happy. Seeing a smile on their face means a whole lot to me.” Yoon continued to unfold the story of her passion in the small yet intriguing voice acting industry. A natural Yoon is currently a children’s voice acting content specialist who also works at a company for digital content marketing. Having graduated from Hanyang University (HYU) quite recently, she is already a well-known voice actress in the field as the voice of the “Catch the Mouse” song (KBS Happy Sunday: 쥐를 잡자) as well as over 500 different works, including animation dubbing, textbook CD covers, and so on. She also took part in the songs of ‘Pororo the Little Penguin’ (뽀로로) and ‘Tayo the Little Bus’ (타요), two of the most popular kids shows. Yoon at the recording studio (Photo courtesy of Yoon) While it is a rare case to find something you both love and have natural talent for, Yoon was fortunate to have found both at such an early age of 12. According to Yoon, she always loved singing in front of other people and with the support of her parents and teachers, she was able to perform on various stages as well as television shows as a part of the Children’s Choir. She had even won a long list of prizes at singing contests as well. As her voice received more and more attention from different producers, she was scouted and introduced to take part in voice acting roles. “The voice acting industry in Korea is pretty small, so everybody pretty much knows each other. In particular, once you start specializing in a certain role such as, a young girl of about 3 to 7, or a teenage girl’s voice, like me, then most of the time you’re given the opportunity to try out for that role.” Where true passion lies Although Yoon had started working and gaining experience from a very young age, becoming a voice actress wasn’t her dream from the very start. However, she says that she has never gotten tired of it before and wants to continue working in this industry. “It’s because I truly enjoy what I do. My life motto is to do everything I want to do. So no matter how challenging the task is, and because I genuinely love my work, I’m always happy and can continue to push myself to achieve my goals.” "My love and passion for my work is what motivates me in the end." Of course, even for Yoon, whose passion lies in the heart of her drive, an inspirational mentor had always been there to guide her along the path. A renowned children’s song composer, Kim Bang-ok (composer of “그대로 멈춰라”) has worked together with Yoon ever since Yoon took her first step as a voice actress. “We still talk and sometimes work together. She is my model because she is always passionate about her work no matter how big or small it is and never fails to give it her all. I always learn something from her and respect her very much.” A dream to accomplish When asked what she thinks her greatest achievement is so far, Yoon answered, “when I randomly catch children watching Pororo or Tayo, I feel proud. Also, knowing that a lot of children will grow up listening to my voice, especially through educational content, that is when I find meaning in my work.” As a voice actress, it is an inevitable fact that her voice will change with age. Yoon also admitted that she is well aware that her job as a voice actress specializing in children’s voice will not last forever. However, because her passion lies in working for children, she wishes to continue working in the children’s content field by expanding her capacity to content creation, marketing, and distribution through diverse media channels such as Youtube, Naver, and so on. That is why she is currently learning the whole process at her current company, in order to combine this knowledge with her first-hand experience in the field of production. According to Yoon, “especially, nowadays, where media is inseparable from our lives, I think the type of media content we've been exposed to plays a greater role of influence on all our lives. Since I am particularly interested in working for children, I wish to be able to reach out to them more and hopefully put a smile on their faces with the content I produce.” Pororo song (Video courtesy of Yoon) Park Joo-hyun Photos by Choi Min-ju

2018-02 06

[Alumni]Ekklesia: Under the Sound of Music

In today's competitive society, our lives tend to be labeled as either a failure or a success--two contrasting concepts that one wishes to completely avoid or achieve. But the simple truth that people fail to recognize is that there can be no great success without failure. A model example of this is Kim Jae-bin (Vocal Music, '13), the lead singer of a popera group called Ekklesia. On the rise Holding a long list of stage experience and media exposure, Kim is an active, rising star in the popera field continuously working his way up to success as the leader as well as the CEO of Ekklesia (Ekklesia Enterprise). Now a well-known popera group, it consists of three members including Kim himself. The term “Ekklesia” itself is a Greek word defined as “an assembly under God’s calling." It well incorporates Kim’s dream to perform songs that both singers and the audience can emotionally relate to and return with a bit of peace and happiness. However, it was not always a path full of bliss for Kim to get to where he is today. In particular, back when he first started out as a popera singer, it was one bumpy road that not many wanted to risk taking. “Popera,” also known as operatic pop, is a subgenre of pop music that is performed in an operatic singing style or a song. As it is a more popularized version of classic opera among the public, one would think that it is a positive trend in the classical music industry. However, in the beginning, it was perceived as some sort of heresy and received heavy criticism from the field. Likewise, Kim was also skeptical before taking this path until his life mentor and professor in charge at that time strongly suggested that he try out for a popera group called “UAngel Voice,” which would then provide him with abundant stage experience and financial support. After two years as a ‘Uangel Voice’ member, he did not want to quit as “it allows me to feel the instant connection with the audience as it has more interaction than classical opera performances. This ultimately led me to create Ekklesia," said Kim. UAngel Voice stage rehearsal, 2012 (Photo courtesy of Kim) Walking down the rough path Kim's background story was surprisingly full of rough patches that started out with “I had nothing more to lose as I was starting from scratch. Whatever I challenged myself with, even if there was a huge chance of failing, I knew that there could only be a way up for me.” At one point, Kim even had to work as a salesman in an insurance company to financially support Ekklesia. Despite these hardships, he never refrained from challenging himself to try new things. “I like the term ‘전화위복’ (转祸为福; misfortune turns into a blessing). My years of experience at the insurance company allowed me to truly understand all the hardships these people were going through everyday at work. I then incorporated it in my message to these people through the songs I performed for them. It was quite successful, and I was able to sign long-term contracts with other large companies to perform at their workshops and seminars.” Fear of failure: the only hindrance to reaching your dream For Kim, one of the most meaningful performances was from back when his group gave hour-long performances on stages in the metro stations. "One time, this mother and a child who had been watching our entire performance bought a huge cake and coffee for us. The mother thanked us for our performance and told us that her daughter who actually hated music, insisted that they stay and watch till the end. She had never seen her so happy. This was the moment when it really hit me, that I was doing something meaningful. From then on, my passion for music grew, and I have never hesitated to try something new.” Kim with a mother and her child after performing at Sadang station, 2014 (Photo courtesy of Kim) When asked if he thinks he is now successful, Kim said yes without a doubt. Kim’s definition of success was being able to proudly perform a piece that is not only the collaboration of pop and opera, but a collaboration of everybody’s heart: mix and intercommunication of our dreams and feelings. He added that, right now, he is truly happy only because he knows the starting point of his path – how it was before, his past experiences and so on, and also because he has a lifelong goal. “I hope that my popera successors will dream big but fear less. If we look carefully, there are many stages we can perform on although it may not be as financially rewarding or live up to one’s expectations. Don’t let your fear of failure blind you from all those chances out there and end up only looking for short-cuts to success.” Ekklesia performing "Love" (Video courtesy of Kim) Kim Jae-bin - Le Temps des Cathédrales (Video courtesy of Kim) Park Joo-hyun

2018-01 17

[Alumni]Passion to Learn After the War, Landing in America

Hanyang University(HYU) is now in its 79th year of establishment. Throughout these years, countless students have graduated from our school and are shining in their own positions all over the world. Lee Jong-hyeok (Industrial management, ’65) is one of these students, working in America as the representative of Lee Accountancy Group. Last November, Lee made his first visit to HYU since 1965 to receive an honorary graduation certification. An honorary graduation certificate and a development fund After attending HYU as an architecture major for three years since 1958, he passed an exam by the ministry of Education to study abroad. He then voluntarily enlisted himself in the Marine Corps before moving to another country. He changed his major to industrial management after he was discharged from military service, and therefore graduated from HYU as a industrial management major. After almost 60 years, Lee received an honorary graduation certificate of an architecture major last November. As Lee received his honorary graduation certificate, he commented, “I only wandered around the alumni of architecture since I graduated with another major. Now I can proudly call myself an alumnus of architecture to my colleagues.” Lee received an honorary graduation certificate in the office of the president in November, 2017. Lee also made a 40 thousand dollar development fund contract for HYU. 10 thousand dollars is being planned to be donated every year, for four years. He had a special reason he decided to donate this money to HYU. “I received help from the school in various areas and was occasionally exempted from tuition fees. I was the very refugee who moved from Hamgyong province to South Korea immediately after Korea was emancipated from Japan. I therefore decided to donate this money, counting this fund as my tuition fee for four years,” explained Lee. He also conveyed his words that he wishes his money to be spent on students with willpower to pioneer their own path. As a foreigner, as a pioneer With peculiar interest to learn, he not only graduated HYU, but continued on his degrees in America. He has a bachelor’s degree in California Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics, a master’s degree in Golden Gate Graduate School Business Administration major and a doctor’s degree in Argosy University Graduate School Business Administration major. He had his reasons for his passion to study. “After I fled for refugee after liberation, I was left alone during the Korean war. I continued my studies alone, to be accepted as a member of the society,” reminisced Lee. He first entered HYU’s architecture department with hopes to set up Seoul again after the Korean war, which ended in 1953. However, after he was discharged from military service, he changed his major with his interest in industrial psychology. Lee therefore continued on his studies in America, to study deeper into industrial psychology. In Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics, he had to study accounting in order to proceed on his major. Although it was then an unfamiliar field, he was captivated by the systematic and organized trait of accountancy. Afterwards, he received a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California, and worked as an adjunct professor in various universities such as Armstrong State University, San Francisco State University and East Bay California State University. Lee also worked as an economic consultant in California State Government and Oakland, and is now the representative of Lee Accountancy Group. Lee is now a proud representative of a corporation in America. (Photo courtesy of The Korea Times) The power of determination Oakland led the Thanksgiving Day for the lower-income group and the homeless, with over 2 thousand volunteers each year. However, the state asked Lee to support this event, as various problems occurred when the state led this event. “Due to the lack of budget, I had to ask for help from various corporations, social organizations, my fellow compatriots and the Marine Corps back in Korea. A lot of people lent their hands and gave donations to us. The basketball team, the Golden State Warriors also participated as volunteers and helped us out,” explained Lee. Oakland, therefore, announced ‘The Day of Lee Jong-hyeok’ on the fifth of May, 2004, to thank his contribution to the state. "Race is not important in achieving what you wish to do!" (Photo courtesy of Lee) “Some might say it’s just a lifelong regret of my adolescence. However, I wanted to show that anything is possible once you try it, even in the white society. More frankly, I solely wanted to reach the goal I had set for myself,” answered Lee, to the question of his motivation to achieve such a variety of results. He emphasized the word ‘enthusiasm’ to all Hanyangians during his interview. Lee explained that it’s important to set one’s goal straight and to stick to them. He also emphasized to hold on to self-actualization with a distinct willpower to achieve their goal. “Live hard, love hard, learn hard, and share hard!” On Jung-yun

2018-01 15

[Alumni]The New Head Coach of the School Basketball Team Expresses Confidence

Once upon a time, there was a shooting guard on the Hanyang University’s (HYU) basketball team who led the team to win the competition. Twenty-three years later, the player returned to his home team to teach his pupils. This week, News H met the new head coach of HYU's basketball team, Chung Jae-hun (Business, ’96). "I am deeply honored to come back home for teaching." About the coach himself A shooting guard is one of the five positions in a basketball game. He or she is the one who mainly attempts long range shots such as Stephen Curry in the modern NBA. Chung used to play as a shooting guard when he was in college. One of the moments that he remembers playing was his turn around shot against the Korea University team. 1995 was the year when HYU shared the top spot with Korea and Chungang University. After graduation, Chung became the founding member of Daegu Orion Orions, which is now called Goyang Orion Orions. The newly appointed head coach further explained his long passion towards leadership. “The frustration became bigger for me to lose a game as a coach, than to lose as a player,” said Chung. That is why he decided to retire from the court in 2002 after winning the 2001 season with the Orions. Now coming back to his home school as a head coach, Chung is inspired to grow the players as big as the alumnus already on the court. “I feel greatly honored and pressured at the same time,” smiled Chung. Hanyang's proud basketball team from last season. We ended up in 8th place last year. (Photo courtesy of HY-Ball) Prospects for the team Chung sees that the biggest strength of the team is speed. However he also recognizes its weakness which is the lack of height and defense. “We have many offensive options on the team but we lack defensive strategies.” Therefore he is planning to focus on improving the defense by emphasizing the centers to get more involved in boxing out, overcome the physical attributes by engaging in zone defense strategies and attempting to trap the opposition in the corners. Boxing out refers to blocking the opposition players from getting involved in rebounds, which is when the ball bounces back from the rim. Zone defense is when players mark the players according to their own respective areas. “Practice makes perfect,” said the head coach, looking determined. The only way to make up such shortcomings is to practice day and night. In the morning, the team is scheduled for weight lifting, defensive strategies in the afternoon, and personal skill training during the night. As Chung remembers his team back in the days in HYU, most players were able to do shoots, passes, dribbles and drives. Nevertheless, he feels like the students nowadays are less impressive, in terms of their abilities. “Still, by working to improve ourselves little by little, we will be able to have competitiveness through the use of various strategies,” mentioned Chung, with hope in his eyes. "Instead of fancy plays that catch the attention of the crowd, I will defend and rebound more to improve the team," said Bae Kyung-sik (Sports Industry, 4th year), the captain of the team. When asked what his goal is for next season, Chung replied with humbleness: “We aim to make it to the play-offs." A playoff is a competition played after the regular season by the top competitors to determine the league champion or a similar accolade. Once our team makes it to the playoffs, Chung believes that the team can possibly reach the final four. “Me and the whole team shares the goal of reaching the final four. Although people might think that we are not a strong team, we aim high,” Chung aspires. The new season starts from March. Let us keep our eyes on the upcoming games and the progress Chung will bring to the team. Kim So-yun Photos by Choi Geun-baik