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2018-05 14

[Alumni]Healing Hearts and Minds

The psychological realm of human beings has always been full of unsolved mysteries that attract people in attempts to figure out what goes on in the hearts and minds of others. One’s mental state can affect one’s life to the point where it becomes necessary to see a consultant just like how we need doctors for health checkups. Kim Ji-in (Department of Art Psychotherapy, ’17) works as a psychotherapist through artistic measures to touch the hearts of those in need. The root of Kim's passion According to Kim, working as a therapist has long been her dream, as she has been interested in psychology since she was a high school student. Unfortunately, the field was not well-known in Korea, which discouraged her from boldly diving into it. Instead, she read many books related to psychology and philosophy to quench her thirst. Things all changed when she went on a trip to Nepal with her husband as a volunteer in 2009. She was there as an educator, and while teaching the kids, she felt that they were psychologically pressured. “It was heartbreaking to see young children who are supposed to be innocent and carefree suppressed like that. However, there were no professionals to help these children. I was also in a bad place back then, so I decided that I should take on that role.” In 2012, Kim started studying educational psychology as soon as she returned to Korea. Kim Ji-in (Department of Art Psychotherapy, ’17) at Korea Art Treatment Association, 2016 (Photo courtesy of Kim) When she first started out, psychology was not a field that interested many people. It was relatively hard to find a specific major that dealt with psychology. Many people found it peculiar that she was even interested in such a thing. However, this did not stop Kim from giving it a try. “While I was interested in psychology, I was also into music so I studied music composition when I was a senior in high school. Studying music allowed me to meet many different people, to whom I would always recommend different musical pieces to depending on their current psychological state.” Art psychotherapy During her masters as an art psychotherapy student, Kim recalls that most of her professors were art majors. They introduced her to numerous works of art that allowed her to somehow understand, relate, and analyze the psychology of the artists. She says that it was the most helpful thing she had discovered in university, since it was a skill that was not only based on foundational psychological theories, but was also always applicable to real life situations, even today. Aside from being academically passionate, she was also an active volunteer which allowed her to meet many different people in many types of situations. “The session always has to be client-oriented. I’m not afraid to prescribe medication along with the artistic therapy sessions, because I think it is of utmost importance to try to find realistic ways to help these clients.” Upon graduation, Kim started working as a psychotherapist who treats clients using artistic measures. Her clients include a wide range from children to adults, but most of them are children around the age of five, who show symptoms of separation anxiety from their mothers. There are also quite a few teenagers who also show signs of anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior who sometimes personally reach out to her for help. Kim would use different artistic measures, such as drawing, role-play, working with play dough, storytelling, and listening to music to help these clients build trust and toheal. “Back in the 90s I used to use classical music, but nowadays people just can’t relate to it. Some people much prefer drawing over talking, while some much prefer creating their own music. I even provide raps from High School Rappers, a popular Korean TV program, so that her teenage patients can change the lyrics to them, or use the beats to create their own pieces. Then I try to analyze their works to better understand them.” As a therapist Currently, Kim is working at a Good Neighbors (NGO) center. She also has experience in working in public sectors, psychiatric wards, and as a therapist giving lectures and therapy sessions to teenagers. Kim recalls her proudest moments to be whenever a mother or the head of a center decides that the child is now free to end therapy sessions. “Upon the end of the session, the child who had been suffering from separation anxiety has now completely changed so that he doesn’t need his mother to be next to him all the time. He trusts other people and can actually have fun like any other child does on the playground.” She notes that after the sessions have ended, the parents also go through a major change with the help of her constant advice, as it is crucial for the parents to change in order for the children to change as well. “All the moments – from the beginning till the very end of the session, fly before my eyes like a film.” When asked about some of her hardships, Kim instantly said, “whenever I meet a child with a devastating background.” “This child I remember, her parent couldn’t really take care of her and her drawings always broke my heart. Knowing what her mother was also going through, also pained me because there was nothing I could do to realistically help them out of the situation.” Kim mentioned how she sometimes cried while driving home and felt the need to practice separating her life as a therapist and her personal life, because it was just too emotionally consuming. “In the end though, it’s all still worth it and I am very happy with my work. People always said that I’m a very hopeful person, and they’re right because I always had a dream or a goal. I strongly believe in returning what you’ve learned. I would love to learn more even in the future, to put my knowledge to good use for society.” Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-05 06

[Alumni]Reinterpreting Korean Culture Through Fashion

“I love my design style because it is so direct,” smiled Jang Yoon-kyung (Jewelry & Fashion Design, ERICA, '18). News H met Jang, who is the designer for SET SET SET, on a chilly spring day. She was recognizeable even before she entered the café because of her unique earrings of her own creation and their catchy look. It was as if she was silently screaming, "I’m a fashion designer!" "The brand name means three things; the three members (three in Korean, pronounced 'set'), the set clothes as we often design, and Sse-sse-sse (a Korean traditional hand-clapping game)," explained Jang Yoon-kyung, in a café near her office on Sunday, May 6th. A Vancouver Fashion Week participating designer When asked how she felt about receiving the invitation to Vancouver Fashion Week in 2017, Jang replied “I thought it was a scam at first,” with a playful smile. Jang and her brand SET SET SET were invited to the Vancouver Fashion Show for two seasons in a row - 2018 Spring/Summer season and 2018 Fall/Winter season. SET SET SET is a designer brand that launched on July 28th, 2016. As the founder and the only designer for the brand, Jang places the emphasis of Korean culture as their core identity. “We use cultural aspects of Korea in making the textiles of our clothes. For example, our theme for last season was the new year’s blessing (bok) culture in Korea,” mentioned Jang. After receiving the dreamlike invitation to the international stage, Jang and her crew worked day and night for two months to complete the collection of 46 pieces. SET SET SET definitely made an impression on the fashion world, receiving love calls from Tokyo and Seoul after their debut. Nonetheless, it has not all been such an easy road for Jang. SET SET SET started out as a start-up club on ERICA campus with two other friends. Hanyang University provided a lot of help and supplies before they launched the brand, but after the business registration, it was all up to Jang. “The biggest issue was money, of course.” Despite of the precarious situation, Jang did not want to make clothes that would just "sell well." She emphasized that SET SET SET was and still is a brand that pursues her design spiri: kitsch and direct. “The invitation to Vancouver arrived when I was devastated and had almost given up,” reminisced Jang. Pursuing her identity through the brand, telling the story of Korean culture through clothes, Jang was able to seize this big opportunity. Left: Jang's personal favorite from the recent 2018 F/W collection. Right: A skirt and a t-shirt from the 2018 S/S collection. The theme was Samul-nori, a Korean traditional instrument, so the pattern of the skirt (enlarged in the bottom right corner) has traditional musical instruments such as Jang-gu or Book. (Photo courtesy of Jang) Do it to know it “I was only able to discover my aptitude for business after I actually started,” smiled Jang. She recommends people "go out and do something" to experience for themselves what they like - and even more importantly - what they don't like. Jang herself was able to realize that she fancies designing more than actually making the clothes after joining the ELAB (Erica Lab) club that required her to intensely make clothes. Her thought on this matter became even clearer when she took a yearlong break from school after her first year and studied fashion design skills in depth. The same applied to her entrepreneurship. Jang mentioned that she was only able to venture into the fashion business because she was so young and naïve. Her friends and seniors advised against her launching the brand without experiencing the industry as part of a company, but she thinks that a loss of innocent brought about by experience in the industry would have kept her from actually starting her own business. Is it for her experience-based career? Jang seemed like a person with ambition. She did not hide her passion and trust in her design style throughout the interview. “I want SET SET SET to be the first thing that comes into people’s minds when they think of Korean culture...I believe that my brand will grow big sometime in the future.” While striving to provide a unique and new standpoint in recreating Korean culture, Jang aims to debut in Tokyo, London, and New York in two years. News H also wishes Jang and SET SET SET success to thrive on a bigger stage. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-04 30

[Alumni]Don't Set Your Limits, You Can Become Anything

Have you ever wondered what kind of people work at Google and YouTube? For the amount of workload and the complexity of the technology involved, the workers must be geniuses, right? This week, News H had an opportunity to meet one of the geniuses, a proud alumnus of Hanyang, Jeon Joon-hee (Mathematics, ’95). News H had an opportunity to briefly interview Jeon Joon-hee on the 24th of April, right before his lecture for Hanyang students who are planning to start their own businesses. Although it was a short interview, Jeon passionately and energetically answered some questions. Work, work and more work! Jeon’s life so far has been a full-time, ceaseless factory. Starting his career with his college friends by developing software called 21st Century Word Processor, they founded a company named ESTsoft in 1991. At that time, there were no programs usng iKorean text that enabled people to open multiple documents at once or change the size of the fonts. To make matters worse, the length of a document was limited. “With the invention of the word processor, people started to switch from writing bothersome work such as papers for a class by hand to typing them,” mentioned Jeon. With the increasing demand for technology and the unexplored trait of the industry, Jeon detected a possibility. However, the barrier for the latecomer was higher than expected. “After pouring our lives into the poject for about a year and a half, we came up with version 1.8, right around the time when Hangul 2.0 was released,” reminisced Jeon with a bitter smile. Hangul emerged in the word processor market five years earlier than Jeon’s 21st Century Word Processor, and was also developed by college students. Jeon was not let down by the market barrier. He and his friend worked harder to encompass as many features as Hangul had and to develop original ideas as well. Also, they targeted a specific customer of computer academies who could not afford the expensive license of Hangul. ESTsoft Corporation still persists in the market with their leading product of ALZip, and Jeon still consults for the company with affection. To the unknown land of America Jeon is now working as an Engineering Director for YouTube TV, in charge of the whole project team. Surprisingly enough, he was not fluent in English nor had he planned to get a job in the states from the beginning. Jeon left Seoul to expand his online game business that he started with his friend after his second job at Hanmeoft Corp, with a million-pound investment from a Korean-British official. With the hope of succeeding in the birthplace of online gaming, Jeon found out that the investor had passed away due to a heart attack. “I called my wife and she told me not to come back,” he chuckled. Getting a job in a foreign land where you do not speak their language well was challenging. It was especially difficult for Jeon who had never written a resume nor gone to a job interview. “After some trial and error, I was able to understand and forecast the interview questions. I put down all the possible questions, memorized them to the bones, and then the interviews suddenly felt so easy,” smiled Jeon. The first job he had in the U.S. unfortunately was acquired by a larger company soon, with the economic recession led by the bursting of the dot com bubble. The second job was interesting but the task was somewhat repetitive. That is when he was offered a position at Google. “I wanted to do something fun and innovative,” said Jeon. Jeon is enthusiastically giving a lecture to Hanyang sudents on the 24th of April, as part of the Hanyang Global Startup Mentor Session, "Start Your Business Like Google." Setting the bar high When asked what enabled him to race so hard and so far, Jeon smiled and replied, “I don’t set my limits. I believe I can do or become anything.” Listening to his stories, Jeon’s life has had its ups and downs. He encountered a huge barrier with his first project, was devastated by the death of his investor, and had his company subjected to a hostile acquisition, but after all these setbacks he was able to dust off, stand up, and start running again because he had faith in what he could become. “I believe that who you are now is the collection of thoughts you had in the past,” said Jeon, with a bright, warm smile. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-04 23

[Alumni]A World Where Everybody is a Farmer

Food, clothes, and housing are considered the three essentials, the most basic factors of life. Kim Hye-yeon (Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, 04’), the CEO of N.Thing, argues that among them, food is the most important. “It’s a matter of fact that we can still survive without clothing or housing. But as for food, people can’t last very long without it.” There, a question was posed to Kim. With such dependency on food as a means for survival, why is no one these days willing to become farmers? Indeed, it is rare to see someone in the present day, dreaming of becoming a farmer. In fact, the percentage of farmers in Korea has decreased to less than 5% of the population. Kim’s solution to this rather contradictive situation was the company N.Thing. Created to increase public accessibility to farming, Kim explained his grand plan in great detail. Kim explained that his involvement in the technological and agricultural industry was a result of his past experiences. Introducing N.Thing The company name, N.Thing, refers to the n number of "things," or challenges that the firm plans to pursue in the future. Its futuristic tendencies clearly show that the company experiments with the latest technology, most notably Internet of Things (IoT), to fulfill its goals of revolutionizing every inch of the agriculture industry. N.Thing started off as a small start-up project among a group of friends, led by Kim during his undergraduate years. Their first product was a smart flowerpot by the name of Planty. It was a planter that could be connected to a smartphone, which would inform the user of the various conditions of the plant such as temperature, humidity, and air pressure. It could even be used to water the plant remotely. “Though the big picture of the firm and its plans were etched in my mind, the limited resources available at the time could only allow us to take such small steps,” answered Kim. Now, the firm has expanded to the scale of smart farms, integrating technology and farming on a scale and depth which has never been done before. Kim added that his ultimate goal was to create the first farm on Mars, a vision he hopes to achieve by the year 2020. To delve into the specific details of Kim’s business, the firm currently works to create a more efficient ecosystem for farming. Although their main products and services focus on providing the technological tools and data needed to reach the optimal productivity of farms, the company also makes an effort to change the organizational structure of current farms. The traditional structure leaves every process up to the farmers: the decision of which crops to plant, the entire farming process, and even the sale of their crops. Kim believed that this structure itself was inadequate and inefficient. First, it should be the consumers who place orders for the crops to be planted, thereby allowing people to take a bigger role in the agriculture industry. Furthermore, after the growing and harvesting of the crops, farmers should not have to deal with business interactions. In the same manner that mobile games are easily available to consumers via applications, publishing channels for farming should be developed to create higher accessibility to the public. With developments in each of these stages underway, N.Thing is devoted to creating an environment where everyone can take part in farming, thus becoming farmers. "Farming was an essential part of people's lives merely a few decades ago." In the process of pioneering a new field of agriculture, various difficulties naturally followed. However, Kim answered that there was no single striking memory of hardship. “Of course it was hard. Dealing with people, money, and regulations, nothing came easily. But I never dwelled on an issue more than was necessary. It was always just a natural part of building a company." Emphasizing the importance of individual perspectives, Kim answered that for him, an element of excitement was innate in every past obstacle. Furthermore, the hardships always led him to a valuable relationship with someone who helped him out of the ditch. Kim did, however, underline the intensity of the stress of leading a company. “Having worked in a company under a supervisor, I can confidently say that the mental pressure of leading one far surpasses the stress from simply working in one." As a result of his experience, Kim confessed that he never indulges other people to pursue entrepreneurship. “Rather, as entrepreneurship is closer to a lifestyle, people with the calling will naturally make the choices to that path." Life prior to entrepreneurship According to Kim, he had the dream of starting his own company as a high school student. Back then, he had a deep interest in web development, and had even managed the website for his school. In addition, he made a school club in which they would circle the local shops in the area and offer to design a website for them. In return, they would receive a small amount of money. In a sense, this was his first step in the field of startups. Hoping to meet a wider scope of talented people, he set foot in Hanyang University, a school he was drawn to for its deep devotion to technological advancement. There he achieved his initial goal, having met the people he now runs a company with. As he recounted his years as a university student, Kim confessed that he had been a bit of an outlier. Devoted to his belief that life should be a pursuit of his desires, he took many classes irrelevant to his department and increased interaction with people from other majors, which later on profoundly helped him manage his company. Adhering to his motto, he also took up jobs in entertainment, trend analysis, entrepreneurship, and agriculture. He added that where he stood now was a result of connecting the dots of his past experiences. Kim believes that without sufficient trials and errors, it is difficult for a person to establish a dream. As a word of advice for Hanyang students, Kim emphasized the importance of trial and error. “Though I had followed my passion, I always felt worried about straying from what was “normal.” Everyone around me was focusing on their grades, qualification exams, and employment. It took immense courage for me to break free from that frame." However, it was due to this transcendence that Kim was able to get to where he is now. In the same sense, Kim urged students of Hanyang to get out and try something they find the smallest hint of interest in. According to Kim, if something is given thought for too long, it will never lead to action. As the societal position of a university student is a very safe and stable one, it is easy to fall into this pattern. Kim’s advice is to get started on the exact day of the inspiration. “It’s kind of like playing golf. At first you swing hard towards the green, and then work on getting the ball in the hole. If you focus too much about getting the ball in from the start, you’ll never make the first swing." Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-04 23

[Alumni]Algorithm for Everyone’s Inactive Health

The word "IoT" is no longer an unfamiliar technological notion anymore. Standing for the "Internet of Things," we are in control of various everyday devices even without making physical contact. Nowadays, it’s not solely "devices" that are in control. Pieces of furniture are also being included to the list of IoT compatible objects. Cha Gil-hwan (Physics, 06’), the CEO of Algorigo, is leading this area by designing chairs that fit into the world of IoT. For better inactive life “We spend the majority of the day being inactive – sleeping, sitting down, or even doing a slight action like walking,” started off Cha. Cha’s startup company, Algorigo, is trying to help this very problem. “Algorigo is a company that has designed an algorithm that can help us live our lives in a more effective, healthier way.” This company, unlike other businesses, concentrates not on materialistic objects but on the algorithm - an unambiguous specification of how to solve a class of problems - required to improve our lives with the assistance of technology. News H met Cha in his office which held a variety of eye-catching chairs. As the first project of Algorigo, Cha entered into a partnership with the well-known chair company, Duoback, to incorporate their products with Algorigo’s technology. The Duoback On is a smart chair that they invented for children. By analyzing body pressure distribution measurements read inside the seat board of the chair, Algorigo allows users to have detailed knowledge of our bodies when we sit. Through the sensors in the chair, data is sent to an IoT platform named Smart Home which is managed by SK Telecom. This chair is the first piece of furniture listed on this platform. Once this data is sent to the platform, the user, or the child’s parents in this case, can view details about this inactive motion of sitting down. They can not only be informed about the length of time their child was in the chair, but also her or his sitting position. The sensors records whether the user is sitting down straight or slouching in any direction. Through continued use of this chair, the user can find out the most frequently made posture, and can use their awareness to change it later on if necessary. “Healthy posture is extremely important for growing children – not only for their physical growth, but also for their mental abilities such as concentration. Being able to receive detailed scientific feedback would definitely be helpful in this regard,” said Cha. A picture explaining the platforms this chair is connected to (Photo courtesy of Duoback) The algorithm of Cha’s growth Cha’s challenge in beginning his startup was planning it out ahead of time, just like an algorithm. “Unlike other people who start their own businesses right away, I realized I needed more knowledge and practical business experience to better run my company,” reminisced Cha. He studied overseas to improve his English as well as studying intensively in his major. Even though a lot of physics majors fail to study abroad, Cha was proudly accepted to an exchange program and experienced what his friends couldn’t. As he certainly had a definite goal with a detailed roadmap, he was able to work hard for his career. He graduated with honors, worked in a major firm for three years, and eventually started his company, Algorigo. Now he is planning to expand his company to include chairs for teenagers and adults, and eventually plans to design a standard Algorigo that can directly help improve people’s quality of life and health. Although this concept of sensors is still unfamiliar to most people, Cha continuously emphasized the health derived from still actions. “For a lot of students and businessman, almost two-thirds of the day is spent sitting or lying down. However, most health-related platforms are currently only concentrated on physical activity and sports. Solutions for the actions we spend the most time doing are not concrete, so I hope that I can offer help in this field,” said Cha. Cha still has endless passion to develop Algorigo. Cha also had his ups and downs as he pursued his career. However, through firm trust in himself, he is making it through with increasing realization in his work. He emphasized being desperate and urgent in what one plans to achieve. “To anyone who is planning a startup and also for those who are not, I wish all Hanyangians have a goal and reach for it with a mindset that it’s the only goal you wish to achieve!” On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myeong

2018-04 11

[Alumni]Jinbo, the 'Super Freak'

Bangtan Boys (BTS), Red Velvet, Twice, Beenzino, Shinee - these are all pretty successful and globally famous idols in the K-pop industry. What they have in common is that they have all had Jinbo (Economics and Finance, ‘09) feature in some of their popular songs. Jinbo is a talented producer and vocalist whose curiosity and passion keeps him open to all music genres and trends. Jinbo, to progress Jinbo is one of those musicians who has both talent and perseverance that has led him to where he is now. Luckily, he was born into a musical family where he was constantly exposed to different genres and trends of music throughout his childhood. He was heavily influenced by his two older brothers, who enjoyed both classical and revolutionary selections at the time. He was also made their practice partner, which got him used to performing in front of others from a very early age. What really got him to decide to take a musician's path was when he first listened to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. “Farrell Williams may not be exceptionally good at singing, rapping or playing an instrument, but he is fearless and daring as a producer and an artist. This inspired me to take on the challenge of being a producer and an artist as well.” (Photo courtesy of Jinbo) Although he graduated with an economics and finance degree due to his parents’ strong suggestion, it did not stop him from pursuing his dream as a producer and a vocalist. That was when he took on his stage name “Jinbo,” which in Korean means “to progress.” “I have five working principles. It is to be global, positive, futuristic, romantic, and progressive. I always want to stay open and be flexible, moving forward along with the changing times and trends. Hence, the name Jinbo.” Jinbo and Super Freak After diving into the industry, Jinbo successfully pushed his sense and style of music which later grabbed the attention of many different artists. He even created his own recording company called "Super Freak." His main focus genre may be R&B, but he is never hesitant when it comes to trying out or mixing different genres as well. As a result, many reached out to either collaborate with him, or even have him feature in their songs. “I’m not as interested in creating a whole new genre of music. Rather than creating something from the scratch, I’m more interested in creating a new mix from a variety of styles or genres that already exist.” “Music is like a language I am fluent in. But I hope one day I can proudly say that it is a toy that I can handle with fun and flexibility.” (Photo courtesy of Jinbo) Of course, even Jinbo went through some hardships. In his case, it was his health problems that got in the way. “I used to work overnight. But when I started having health issues resulting from it, even if I had a brilliant idea that I needed to quickly work on before losing it, the excruciating neck and back pain would prevent me. Now I try to have a more stable daily routine.” To the next step Having been awarded with Korean Music Awards (KMA) in both R&B record and song in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Jinbo wishes to continue working as an acknowledged producer and vocalist until the very end like Quincy Jones and James Brown did. “My dream is to have this name “Jinbo” become iconic so that people will think of it as a milestone in music history, rather than simply thinking of it as some political term.” When asked if he had any last words for his fellow Hanyang students, he said that as a university student, networking is important. As time goes by, the new generation will always experience something different and unprecedented. With that, combined with the experience and knowledge of the older generation, we will always be able to create something novel. That is why even he himself is always open to people regardless of ethnicity or age, so that whoever wishes to contact him, even just to share ideas with him, should not be hesitant. "봄이 오는 소리" - Jinbo (Video courtesy of youtube.com) Jinbo (SuperFreak Records) Instagram: jinbosuperfreak Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-04 10

[Alumni]Jack of All Trades

It is hard for one to imagine a person who majors in piano writing articles based on art for a newspaper. Kim Soo-hyun (Department of Piano, '11) has pursued her interests in both fields by not only majoring in piano, but also publishing serial articles in the Kyungnam Daily Newspaper. Through her activities which transcend borders, Kim works persistently to bring art closer to the public. Kim as a pianist Kim first started playing the piano when she was five years olds with her younger sister Kim So-yeon (Department of Piano, '10). From then on, the two sisters were both friends and rivals as future pianists. However, according to Kim, it was her younger sister who always came first in concours, due to her personal anxiety of going up on stage. She also added that such stage fright also had an impact when entering Hanyang University, which is why her younger sister entered the university one year earlier than Kim. A photo with professor Lee Dae-wook (left) (Photo courtesy of Kim) After entering Hanyang University, Kim had many opportunities to pursue her dream of becoming a pianist. Hanyang’s various facilities in the Music Department, such as the practice room and the music library, provided an ideal environment for Kim to nurture her interests. The meetings held with Professor Lee Dae-wook (Department of Piano) are still meaningful in her life. It was Professor Lee who helped Kim realize the importance of classical music and deeper study into the field. According to Kim, the memories of her first concert never get old. Starting from renting the concert hall to designing the concert poster and pamphlet, everything was prepared by Kim herself. Although it required 7 hours of travel roundtrip, as the concert was held in Jeonju City, Kim devoted every minute of her time to preparing for the concert. The concert was meaningful in that it was devoted to her parents. It contained not only a solo by Kim, but also a duet with her younger sister. Life as a music teacher While pursuing her dream of becoming a pianist, Kim also found her interests in the academic field. She completed a course in academic profession, with the belief that her experiences as a teacher would be helpful in the future. For Kim, teaching students was difficult as she had to follow a particular class schedule and prepare tests for her students. Kim believed that her students becoming friendly to music was more important than simply learning music theories. Kim during her days as a music teacher (Photo courtesy of Kim) Providing various opportunities that allowed the students to listen to music in a more comfortable environment was Kim’s main concern as a music teacher. She came up with class agendas such as expressing emotions after listening to music and drawing cartoons of the history of popular music. Kim believed that having such experiences through the activities attracted the students' interests and enabled them to increase their enthusiasm about music. In addition, Kim learned that music can serve as a powerful tool in the process of interactions between people. The Netherlands as another home Although the Netherlands is not a popular country that most classic-majors go to study, Kim chose to go to the country based on her personal experiences in Europe. While traveling in Europe for three weeks after graduating from Hanyang University, Kim decided to go back and pursue her studies in the European nation. The fact that 80 percent of the Dutch use English, which would lighten her burden of having to learn a third language, convinced Kim to choose the country. In addition, her interest in the representative Dutch painters Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Mondriaan were another important reason she chose the Netherlands as her destination. Kim first started her pursuit in the field of arts due to her belief that collaborating art and music would help her gain a better understanding of the respective fields. She stated that “When researching about a particular artist, they were somehow related to the musicians who performed in a similar environment." In order to inform people of her findings in the Netherlands, Kim started to publish serial articles in the Kyungnam Daily Newspaper. Kim's article published in the Kyungnam Daily Newspaper (Photo courtesy of Kim) WIth the initial intention being to introducte the Netherlands to her readers, Kim now hopes that her writings make the Netherlands a place that one wishes to visit. As the Netherlands is a relatively uncommon destination for Korean tourists when compared to other countries such as France or England, Kim hopes that her writings help widen the opportunities for tourism in this country. According to Kim, “There are so many wonderful places in the Netherlands, yet tourists tend to simply stay in Amsterdam. However, other than Amsterdam, there are many other cities that have various attractions for traveling.” Future plans Kim is currently developing social contents through which people can easily understand works of art and music. While preparing a tour program on The Van Gogh Museum and The Rijksmuseum for Korean tourists who travel to the Netherlands, Kim is expecting to gain more professionalism by pursuing studies in museology. Furthermore, she has the goal of publishing a book, in her own name, based upon her writings. Kim ended the interview by adding, “I hope that I can contribute to art's becoming closer to the public”. Choi Seo-yong tjdyd1@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-04 09

[Alumni]Providing Hope for Students

According to a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Korea’s youth unemployment rate was calculated to be 10.3 percent as of 2017. In comparison to other countries, Korea is ranked as the 16th highest, and has more or less maintained this level for the past five years. However, despite the fact that the rate of youth unemployment has remained at a similar number for a while, the difficulty of unemployment felt by young people was recorded to be the worst. As always in times of hardship, no matter how devastating they may be, there is hope. Two exemplary cases of employment by Kim Na-young (Department of Media Communication, 13’) and Lim Yu-jin (Department of Policy Studies, 10’), offer a ray of hope and encouragement to Hanyangian students. The Hanyang Work Experience Program Among the number of programs that Hanyang University has employed to address the challenges of employment for its students, one of the most prominent initiatives is the Hanyang Work Experience Program (HYWEP). Simply put, HYWEP can be explained as a program for providing students with internship opportunities. Every semester, a list of corporations with internship openings are posted online, along with the job description, number of positions, and the pay rate. A competitive edge of HYWEP is that as the program is co-established with the school, students can earn academic credits through the internship. Through this system, students can save a significant amount of time, since they do not have to take time off school to pursue work experience. Furthermore, the internships could lead to potential employment opportunities. Lim felt that her first three months of internship had not been sufficient enough to learn about the job of an accountant; this led her to return for a second internship. The path to employment There are a number of similarities and differences between the stories of Kim and Lim. To begin with the differences, Kim works at an advertisement company. After completing her exchange student program in the United States, she applied for an internship through HYWEP. Although Kim’s aspiration as an undergraduate student was to become a television show producer, working in the advertisement industry was a dream she had held as a child. “I consider myself very lucky. I tried something I liked, found I was good at it, and one thing led to another”. On the other hand, Lim works as an accountant. For Lim, a career as an accountant was a goal that had been set some time ago. After having completed an internship in an accounting department situated abroad, she felt the desire to work in Korea. Through the HYWEP program, Lim was able to find a firm that suited her conditions. After two consecutive internships, she was offered a position at the firm. Kim and Lim also shares some significant similarities. For one, they both work for an international company. The two students both pursued an internship period of six months in their respective firms prior to their recruitment. Finally, they both made extensive use of the Hanyang Career Development Center and the HYWEP program. Some advantages of the HYWEP program that Lim mentioned were the kindness of the employees at the Career Development Center. When she had been contemplating which company to apply for, she brought a list of potential companies to the center, where one of the managers gave an analysis on each of the potential firms. After receiving counseling on her career path, she was given a final recommendation. Furthermore, since the internship was done through the school, she felt that the “Hanyang” title was attached to her throughout her experience. Thus, she had to work with a firm sense of responsibility. Kim added that another advantage of HYWEP was that it was a good source of information. Often times, internship possibilities require some research, and personal effort is necessary to find good openings. However, the list of openings that the HYWEP program provides is itself an extremely helpful source. Furthermore, as the application is done through the school, there may be a lower level of competition for the position. Kim answered that working at an advertisement firm was an unexpected fortune. Working on the promotion of movies, every project was new, so she never felt bored. Some room for improvement as suggested by Lim and Kim was that a wider array of positions from more industries would be desirable. According to Kim, although there is some variety in the offered openings every semester, there still lacks a fundamental variety to the types of industries that are open for application. She also added that an assessment of the firms would be extremely helpful for those contemplating which company to apply for. Although she was fortunate enough to have worked in a friendly work environment, she had witnessed others who having to work overtime, and generally be mistreated. Kim believes that having an overall assessment record could prevent such happenings. Meanwhile, Lim suggested that an interim evaluation would be helpful for students. In the current state, the Career Development Center does not engage with the students after the internship begins. However, some follow-up services thoughout the duration of the internship could greatly benefit the students. Advice for students Both alumna stressed the importance of a long-term internship. “Internships usually come in 3, 6, and 9 month terms, but 3 months is too short a time to really learn anything,” mentioned Kim. Lim also added that for foreign companies, an internship period is an opportunity to prove one’s competence. “Foreign firms especially have a tendency of not hiring people lacking any work experience. Therefore, the period of internship can act as a great window to prove your capabilities.” The two graduates also emphasize the importance of internships themselves, as there are striking differences in how a school and a company approach the same thing. “The academic and practical approaches to the same phenomenon are very different in terms of attitude and purpose,” added Kim. Lim also agrees that her internships were a great chance to learn the realities of a student’s desired career path. Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-03 19

[Alumni]Where Brands and I Meet: Brandi

Shopping online is no longer magical for most people. E-commerce has bloomed and blossomed in our computers and mobile phones, too. Now there are thousands of personal sellers through their Instagram and blogs. Seo Jung-min (Business, ’07) pondered two questions: Why do all markets have to be scattered all around the internet? Why not make a platform for all markets? Brandi, a marketplace for no-brand apparel Brandi is a mobile application and platform launched in July 2016, which provides a gateway between individual merchandizers and consumers in the female clothing market, especially the ones without a brand. The application enables consumers to easily purchase clothes without logging in or making accounts on individual websites, which saves a lot of hassle for the buyers. The reply from the consumers was great, recording over 20 million accumulated downloads and 12 million users so far. Brandi, designed for a mobile environment that emphasizes a simple and catchy user interface, allows consumers to look through what is new and trending as if shopping is their hobby. Screen captures of the Brandi application. Filters enable customers to find products in the desired price range and popularity rating. The last picture shows that you can view the rankings of individual stores. (Photo courtesy of Brandi) More than 3000 sellers from blogs and Instagram markets are listed in Brandi, and that has led to over 400 milllion won in transactions to be made just last year. The reason behind such progress seems like Seo’s emphasis on the quality of service. All sellers are subject to internal standards that give penalty points whenever a delivery is late or there is no regular update on the market. Also, Seo strived to create unique characteristics of Brandi that differentiate it from other competitors. First, the application has a clear focus on women’s clothing. “If an application covers too many categories, a user would have to scroll through several pages to find exactly what she or he is interested in. If that experience is repeated, the user will not click the app again,” mentioned Seo. That is the reason why the company recently launched another application called HIVER for branded clothes. Moreover, Brandi simplified its purchasing process, which connects all the markets on the application seamlessly. Yet, through its diversity of sellers, the application still provides a wide variety of options for customers to choose from. "The first three years of venture was extremely hard, because I basically knew nothing. But after three years, I think I understood what I had gotten myself into," laughed Seo. A Young Entrepreneur Seo’s first adventure in the venture world started right after his military discharge, while he was still a third grade college student. “My immaturity gave me some hard times, but I was able to throw myself into the world as there was not much for me to lose,” smiled Seo. The business he started at that time was also in the fashion industry, where customers could select their own design of t-shirts. The business was operated by Seo himself for seven years and was then acquired by a big corporation. After two years working in the company, Seo decided to take off on his second journey, Brandi. “I always knew I was meant to be a businessperson,” said Seo, determined. Behind all the success and progress he made, there was hard work. Seo worked as an apprentice in Hanyang Venture Alumni since his third year of college, when at that time there were only people in their mid-30s or 40s in the alumni group. He participated in the Hanyang Start-up Competition in 2007, too. “I was always an enthusiastic student back in the days. Eager to learn and challenge myself,” mentioned Seo. When asked if planning to put men's apparel in Brandi, Seo shook his head, determined. Seo considers simplicity and focus the key of a mobile appication. Because Seo himself is a start-up businessperson, he tries to create a company culture where “founders like me would also want to stay and work.” He said, “Young people these days, including myself, cannot stand the rules and stiff conditions, especially when they seem unnecessary.” Therefore, Brandi does not regulate its employee’s working hours, usage of holidays, dress codes, or even workspaces. “You can take your work downstairs to Starbucks if you want to,” smiled Seo. Instead, the company is operated around work objectives set by individual employees and Key Performance Indicators (KPI). The environment Seo created is "no matter where or how you work, what matters is that you do your job." Seo aims to grow Brandi to the extent where it is acknowledged as Korea’s number one fashion-tech company. “There are not many fashion-tech companies in Korea as there are overseas,” lamented Seo. He believes that it is time for Korea to follow the global trend. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

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 pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun