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2018-01 24

[Alumni]The Recognition of a Hard Working Soldier

With great hopes and expectations as we move into 2018, excellent news has already shown itself within mere days since the beginning of the new year. Congratulations are in order, as our proud alumnus Lee Sang Chul (Department of Economics, 90’) was promoted to a brigadier general on January 3rd. To use a term more familiar to the public, a brigadier general is also known as a one-star general. As much as this advancement is a great honor, News H interviewed Lee to ask how he felt about the promotion as well as some recollections from his days as a university student in the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). The newly appointed brigadier general An intense air of responsibility lingered in every answer that Lee had about his new position. Taken with a heavy heart, he referred to his promotion as a strict order from the country to achieve “defense, prosperity, and unification.” He also took the moment to newly engrave his attitude as a soldier, reorganizing himself to fully take on his mission. “This promotion is not a simple rise in ranking, but a delivery of an immense role and responsibility to promote national security and military development.” Regarding his specific position, Lee will now serve as the education-training director of the Second Operational Command. He will supervise the various educational trainings conducted on military bases and camps below the Chungcheong province. As a person directing the complete process of planning, conducting, and circulation of the trainings that will maintain the combat capabilities of our troops, Lee is burdened with an unmeasurable responsibility. Lee with President Moon at his promotion ceremony (Photo courtesy of Lee Sang Chul) Despite this intense pressure of the position, Lee answered that he is extremely happy to receive numerous words of congratulations and encouragement from people around him. After the promotion ceremony held on the 3rd, he visited the Hanyang ROTC as well as the president of the university to share his honor. He also recollected the opportunity to attend the Hanyang new year ceremony, where he met with the chairman of the board and the president of the Hanyang alumni association. Furthermore, he is also taking the time to visit his hometown, Yongin, to get together with family members and friends. However, now that the ceremony and education as a brigadier general is over, he wishes to focus wholly on his new duties. Regarding his aspirations, he does not wish to use his newly granted authority to initiate an abrupt change. “As the social paradigm constantly changes, so does the military." Lee aims to steer this change with a “noblesse obliges” mindset by acting as a role model who fulfills his ethical responsibilities. Lee as a student One thing that he had set clearly from his freshman year was his goal of becoming a soldier. His grandfather passed away while fighting in the Korean War. Lee's father also fought in the North Korean Guerilla Invasion in Uljin and Samcheok, returning home through a hardship discharge. Although his family influenced him greatly in forming his aspiration to become a soldier, Lee also thought that the opportunity to commit himself to national security was a great honor, a belief he holds to this day. Since entering the ROTC in March of 1988, he has served in the military for nearly 30 years. Lee considers himself extremely lucky, as every advance in his military rank was successful on the first attempt. Furthermore, of the 3533 officers commissioned from the 28th class of the ROTC, he was the only person to advance to a brigadier general. "I feel privileged to be able to serve my country, and I consider myself an extremely lucky person." (Photo courtesy of Lee Sang Chul) Lee as a soldier Regarding the ups-and-downs of being a soldier, Lee answered that he shares the same hardship of every other professional soldier, which is the constant necessity to move. He had moved a total of 19 times throughout his service. He was most concerned with his children, who had to move from schools and neighborhoods with him. He felt that his life as a soldier was also forced upon his children, who sometimes complained of never having a “hometown friend.” On that point, he was apologetic and also very grateful to his children for having grown up with young minds and aspirations. Meanwhile, Lee had a long list of answers for the “ups” of his profession. He answered that he always feels a warm sensation whenever he thinks that his service provides the groundwork for which the nation can live happily and comfortably. “My heart still pounds when I recall my days in the Gangwon province as a company commander. My subordinates and I circled around security posts in the front lines, where the winter temperatures dropped to minus 20-30 degrees Celsius.” Lee also provided military security in grand national events, such as the G-20 Summit or the World Championship in Athletics. He replied that nothing felt more proud than having supported the successful hosting of an international event that advanced his country. His life lessons As a word of advice for students of Hanyang, Lee referred to his previous answer about him being a fortunate person. Although he considers himself lucky, it never dawned on him that the course of his life was a debt to coincidence. During his past 30 years of military service, he always regarded his duties as top priorities. He also constantly worked to his limit and attempted to achieve harmony with his surroundings. Lee referred to the quote, “God helps those who help themselves,” and encouraged students to do the best they can in every moment. Lee recognized that for students, it is a time to form life goals and values that they will pursue throughout their lives. “People in their 20’s have health and energy like no one else, so there is nothing they cannot achieve if they have a dream and work hard to realize it.” However, he also desired to add that that goal will shine even more when it aligns with a humanitarian value. “In other words, I wish for students to establish goals not only for themselves but for the society, and to a larger extent, humanity.” Lee Changhyun

2017-12 05

[Alumni]Convergence at its Finest

Convergence and interdisciplinary research is a hot issue in academics recently. If there was anyone who had predicted this trend ahead of time, it would be the co-representative of MediBloc, Lee Eun-sol (Medicine, '09). As a scholar in the field of medicine and computer programming, Lee’s plan to become an expert in both of these fields, and to ultimately converge them into creating a new field dates back to his high school graduation, nearly 15 years ago. With a high school friend, who himself is an expert in the field of computer programming and dental medicine, Lee’s plan is now in action, with the company MediBloc introduced to the world in August. Lee carried an air of passion and enthusiasm, which made it quite obvious how he had become an expert on two of the most challenging fields of study. The initiation of Lee’s life-long plan, MediBloc MediBloc is a start-up company that has created a program, in the form of an application, that aims to transfer the basis of medical information from hospitals to personal platforms. The status quo is that our medical records are scattered over the hospitals that we have visited throughout our lives. Our blood tests, x-ray visuals, CT scans, and such are kept in the database of the hospitals that provided these procedures. This infrastructure creates unnecessary costs for both the patients and hospitals. For instance, when a patient is skeptical with a diagnosis from a hospital and wants to refer to a different one to confirm it, he or she will have to go through, or more correctly pay for, the same procedures and exams. An existing method to avoid this unnecessary cost is to visit the former hospital in person and make a formal request of a particular record, with the signature of the hospital to confirm its authenticity. By providing the ownership of every record and document, MediBloc eliminates the need to do so. Furthermore, with a life-long record of medical history at hand, doctors can come up with a more accurate diagnosis and prescriptions. The idea of personalizing medical records has existed for quite a while. However, the biggest issue concerning the realization of this concept was trust. Individuals were not deemed reliable enough to be trusted with medical records. If people could find a way to modify or tinker with their records, it could be misused to demand large sums of money from hospitals and insurance companies. Until now, hospitals were the most reliable entity to be trusted with the safe maintenance of medical data. This obstacle has been removed with the introduction of the 'Block chain technology'. Block chain is essentially a system of a shared ledger, which makes it impossible for an individual to unilaterally modify a body of record. It has been the crucial technology behind the use of Bit Coins, a form of virtual currency and is used largely in the financial field for the security of financial ledgers. By introducing Block chain technology into medical records, Lee has sought a way to transfer storage and management of medical information to the individual, just as we can keep track and use of our bank accounts without having to consult the bank. MediBloc aims to bring the storage, access, and management of medical information to a personal platform, much like how we conduct and manage bank transactions through our smartphones. (Photo courtesy of MediBloc) What the future could look like The biggest expectation is the true realization of individually customized medical treatment. This concept has been continuously repeated and emphasized among many hospitals, but the reality is that this has been no means to realize this concept. Over the years, although most of our hospitals have changed much in the exterior, in terms of facilities, tools, and technology, the interior makeup and system are pretty much the same as in the 90s. Through MediBloc, Lee hopes to create what he calls a patient-as-a-platform system of treatment, with all information about the patient conveniently accessed and thus more thorough and “customized”. As with any form of great change, there are forces against MediBloc, mostly those in the medical sector. According to Lee, the role of the storage of medical records for some hospitals is seen as valuable assets. For one, it allows a hospital to “keep” patients, as the collection of medical data would make it the most informed, and, thus, the most trustworthy source of medical service. Second, the records could be used for further research conducted in individual hospitals. In addition, hospitals even now are reluctant about exporting their medical data, as it would be disclosing indicators of its competence as well as general practices. Lee argues that in truth, there are more benefits. When information is personalized, small hospitals can attain more patients since they would now have just as much information and, consequently, reliability as large, major hospitals. Meanwhile, large hospitals would still maintain the upper hand in terms of advanced facilities, services and so on. Steady, planned steps Lee had deep interests in the field of computer programming as a high school student, having competed in several competitions as well. However, he could not let down the expectations of his parents, who desired the path of medicine for Lee. It was then that he decided that it still wouldn’t be too late to pursue programming after receiving a doctorate in medicine. Furthermore, he believed that convergence would be something of a major trend in the future and expected that his choice to study both fields would eventually pay off. Lee emphasized this idea of looking into the future in all aspects of life. A business that thrives now may not necessary do so in the next five to ten years. It was this manner of thinking that led him to establish MediBloc; he believed that personalization of medical records was a dawning change, and that his company would play a major role in several years. Lee jokingly added that having talented workers was an immense asset as a start-up company, and that he welcomes anyone willing to contribute. The most significant advice that Lee leaves to students of Hanyang is something that he is living every day. For many young graduates seeking a “stable” job, he raises the question of the essential meaning of the word. “I believe that stability rises out of our capabilities. It doesn’t matter where we start, or how many times we have moved from jobs to jobs--If we can prove our worth, there will always be a demand for us.” For Lee, giving up a “stable” job as a doctor was never much of a struggle, as he knew that a profession as a doctor is not so stable anymore. They too, need to continue to improve practices, expand research, develop procedures, and so on to keep up with new demands. Rather than that, Lee simply decided to pursue his interests in the field of programming and business. As a last message, Lee expressed his hopes for bringing positive changes to the public, financial, and medical sectors through his project. Lee Chang-hyun Photos by Choi Min-ju