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On a typical breezy morning, the News H visited the oldest architectural firm in Korea, Samaseung architectural firm. The walls of the antique office room were filled with old books stacked orderly on the shelves and a brown sofa in the corner illumed signs of old age. The head of the firm, Jang Soon-yong (Department of Architectural Engineering, ’72), greeted the reporters with a gentle smile. Jang unraveled the story of donating 13,252 Korean ancient architecture documents and data to Hanyang University (HYU). His generosity is a gift to enhance the future quality of architectural education. Traditional Architectural Material On October 10th, the HYU President announced that Jang made a large contribution to the Department of Architecture by donating historical resources and material to the school. As the head of Samaseung, founded in 1965, Jang has been involved in numerous architectural projects, and the processes and details of them are recorded in the donated documents. “While I was organizing the office and the storehouse, I noticed thousands of unnoticed documents and blueprints. I considered giving it to a museum, but then there was a chance of them being kept mostly unseen by students and experts,” said Jang. “So, as an architect, I wanted these valuable historical documents to be sought and looked at by people who actually needed them for their studies. Hanyang University was the perfect place.” Jang is the head of Samaseung, an architectural firm. The materials that Jang donated to the school comprise of ancient Korean architectural data that preserve the history of unique buildings and historical sites. The bestowed documents include materials relating to the rebuilding of Suwon Castle and the construction of Andong Dam in the 1970s. “Today, we use computer-based storage system to save documents. Before the 1990s, there was no such system and we had to manually map out the architecture with a pencil,” said Jang. The history of the sources go all the way back to the Japanese colonial era when Jang’s father started to study architecture. Therefore, the value of these materials exceeds numerical worth. One Family, Three Architects As the head of Samaseung architectural firm, Jang is currently continuing the legacy of his father, Jang Ki-in, who established the firm. The influence Jang received from his father was immense, leading him to actively participate in architectural projects for the government. Those projects include the reconstruction and maintenance activities of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bulguksa Temple, Gwanghwamun Gate, and many more. Jang’s son, Jang Phil-gu, is also involved with architecture as a university professor. Surprisingly, all three of them have graduated from Hanyang University, sharing a common passion in both architecture and alma mater. Jang said, “Having the same identity of being a former student at Hanyang, I am proud of my son for his decision to continue the family legacy.” Continuing what Jang’s father had created was not an easy job. Initially, Jang did not have complete knowledge of Korean traditional buildings. “When I was at university, there wasn’t a course on Korean architecture. I had only learned Western-style architecture,” Jang explained. “After experiencing what it was to work in the field, I began to study more of what was Korean by collecting data from abroad.” Jang realized that studying was the fastest way to success. The historical site maintenance work gave him the opportunity to obtain knowledge on the science of preservation, such as chemical and lumber treatment. “For me, architecture is fun because I learn something new and interesting each time I commit to a project.” Providing Sources for Learning “The reason why I decided to donate the materials relates to my passion for learning architecture,” said Jang. “I want the data to be openly used by students. When those materials were kept in my storeroom, the necessary cataloging was not done. Once the Architecture Department building completes its renovation, I hope the school will provide adequate space and service for easy access to donated materials.” Akin to his valuable contribution to the school, Jang’s warm-heartedness was evident during the interview. His love for architecture is the perfect example of Hanyang’s pride. Jang's legacy in architecture is hoped to be continued for more generations to come. Jang's contribution to the school will enhance architectural education at Hanyang University. Park Min-young firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Moon Ha-na
Cervantes, the Spanish writer, once said that “Where there’s music, there can be no evil”. Music with positive vibes has strong impacts on people. Do Boo-min (Department of String and Wind Instruments, '82), a cellist and businessman, runs the famous restaurant 'Yoyoma’s Kitchen' in Seocho-dong, Seoul. Although Do is currently more in the field of business than orchestral music, he has successfully combined the two to create a unique restaurant. Opening the Restaurant In Yoyoma’s Kitchen, Do owns a workshop with string musical instruments such as the violin and the cello in the basement. He retained this workshop for 15 years and before that, he used to play for the Korean Symphony Orchestra, one of the most renowned orchestras in Korea, as a cellist. After Do retired from the orchestra, he started wondering about what to do next and went traveling to Hong Kong. While looking around there, he saw some cellos from a shop window and went inside. While talking with the owner of the shop, Do was offered a business partnership. Although he got back and researched musical instrument shops, waiting to be contacted, the anticipated call never came. Do Boo-min, cellist and restaurant owner Do started off small 15 years ago, just opening up an instrument workshop on his own. Because the business did better than expected, he thought of starting up a new workshop along with it. “I thought my business would continue to sell this many instruments until the end,” said Do. However, he was faced with the global economic crisis around the year 2008, and could not keep maintaining his workshop only as it was. “Since there was too much space in the workshop, I thought of starting a café for efficiency.” After having opened up his café and run it for over a year, Do was given the idea to change it into a restaurant. “An interior designer came up to me and commented that it would be great for a restaurant and workshop to be combined in the same space instead of a café, and I agreed to that idea,” said Do. Since Do admired the famous cellist Yoyoma, Do named the new restaurant after him. That is how Yoyoma’s Kitchen came to be. Music and Restaurant After opening up Yoyoma's Kitchen, the restaurant became very famous for its interior, as well as the food it served. Because a restaurant with a music workshop was not a common concept, it worked quite well business-wise. “My place was filled with customers who wanted to enjoy their meals and gaze at the musical instruments around them,” said Do. It is located in Seocho-dong, close to the Seoul Arts Center (SAC), which is a frequented spot for many musicians. “A lot of musicians come to my restaurant to and from their way to the SAC, and others just stop over to look around the place,” explained Do. Do, proud of the interior of Yoyoma's kitchen Yoyoma’s Kitchen has a special distinction from other restaurants, in that small music performances are held there. House concerts, meaning concerts held inside the restaurant, takes place twice a month. Sometimes the profits made through the concerts are used for helping the needy. Performers are mostly professors from universities and musicians who are affiliated with Do from orchestras or through recommendations. Sometimes Do also plays the cello himself as a performer. Do mentioned that the cello has its charm in creating sounds similar in tone to the human voice. “It has the vibration that resonates inside people. The deep sound of it draws me in every time I hear it,” said Do. Do, as a musician, plans to volunteer through his amateur orchestra, and as a businessman, wishes that his restaurant becomes more widely known. Due to the love that he has for music, Do says that his future businesses will also be somehow related to music. Do has practical suggestions for students in the music department. “It is a blessing to be a musician, but often economic circumstances do not allow many to become or stay as one. You must become the best in the field or it would be better to just enjoy music as a hobby, since it is realistically very hard to live as a professional musician,” said Do. Kim Seung-jun email@example.com Photos by Choi Min-ju
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Engineering is fundamentally about solving human problems. There is a continuous need for engineers who are capable of solving societal problems such as clean water, diverse and sustainable energy sources, and improved health care. In the United States, there is an independent federal agency created by the Congress called the National Science Foundation (NSF), which supports the states’ education and research. This week, the Internet Hanyang News (IHN) introduces Kang Sung-pil (Education ’95) who won 2 million dollars of research funds from NSF with his team in the University of New Mexico (UNM) to renovate the university’s chemical and bio engineering curricula. Chemical Engineers to Transform Society Kang is working as an assistant professor at the department of Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) at UNM. After graduating from HYU, he attained a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology (IST) in the United States. His major and interest are closely related with human performance technology, instructional design, change management, and school reforms. Kang worked with many global companies and inter-governmental organizations like the Bank of America, McDonalds, Samsung, LG, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). While his earlier careers were largely relevant to increasing the effectiveness of workers at corporations, the project he and his team are working on is to revolutionize how undergraduate engineering is taught in the US and to attract more groups that are currently under represented in the discipline. ▲With fellow professors at UNM, Kang worked as a social scientist and agent to monitor and manage the overall process of the project. Photo courtesy of Kang Sung-pil “In the last two years, there has been an attempt to improve and develop a new curriculum of chemical engineering at UNM. Then professors from the department submitted a grant proposal last year to NSF but was rejected because the processes of revolutionizing the education system was unclear. In that period, I was asked if I wanted to join the team to work as a social scientist and agent to oversee the process,” said Kang. Today, there are three professors from chemical engineering, and two from OILS including Kang. They started to work on the project again, beginning last summer in 2015. It took them several months to improve their grant proposal. During the process, Kang and his team held workshops to reflect the feedbacks and opinions of other professors, students, and corporations onthe engineering curriculum. Last December, the team submitted their proposal and won the grant among 60 other university teams. “The average amount of grant funds that NSF usually awards is 160,000 dollars which shows how much expectation the US government has toward the project.” “It could be regarded as a burden somewhat, by receiving that much money. I was glad that our research had that much value and potential. Our team is now greatly motivated to further our research based on the proposal,” said Kang. Focusing on Practical and Communal Values “In next three years, curriculum will be changed in steps, by focusing on increasing the practicality of engineering education the university with two core ideas called ‘design challenge’ and ‘badge system’,” said Kang. Conventional engineering education in the US emphasizes fundamental knowledge, and students do not get to practice engineering in the late academic years. They end up learning tons of concepts and equations but not much on how to actually utilize the theories in different situations that requires critical and creative thinking. As a result, many students drop out because they cannot make the connection between their courses and the real work of engineers. ▲Kang and his team focused on 'design challenge' and 'badge' systems to be set as core components in the new chemical and bioengineering curricula. Photo courtesy of Kang Sung-pil “The design challenge requires students to actually solve problems by utilizing learned concepts in classes. It will be comprised of tackling challenges that the regional society, chemical and bio engineering industries face in real life, including research subjects that are popular at a certain period of time. Badges that are given to students who accomplished certain design challenges will be able to officially prove students’ abilities to industries and corporations.” Kang and his team also wanted to focus more on engaging students who are female or from the lower classes of society. “Conventional researches show that male students are more inclined to do better in the fields of math and science, but when we test female students using the method of the aforementioned design challenge, female students show better problem-solving skills, being more flexible than their male peers,” said Kang. With the new education approach, Kang hopes there will be a break in the glass ceiling in the field of engineering. “In addition, it is a fact that students from the middle or higher social class are more likely to perform better at schools. It is due to what is called cultural capital, giving them an invisible but a very powerful advantage compared to students who are born in poorer families. We wanted the new curriculum to interest students from different economic classes by planning design challenges that can effectively motivate them to be engaged,” explained Kang. To Be a Better Educator While Kang chose to continue his studies in the US to delve into the fields of his interest such as corporate education, it took him much effort to adjust well to a different working environment where language and culture are dissimilar with that of Korea. “I was able to overcome many challenges up until now because of good teachers I have met in my life. Many of them are from the Department of Education at Hanyang University. I learned how my attitude should be and what values I should hold in my life as an educator. Every day when I go to work, I remind myself that I should live my life to benefit others which I believe connects to Hanyang’s spirit, love in deed,” said Kang. ▲Kang mentioned how he always reminds himself of Hanyang University's motto- 'Love in Deed'. Photo courtesy of Kang Sung-pil Yun Ji-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org
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