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“I have a Korean presentation a few weeks later, and I have no idea how to prepare for it.” This is a common concern among international students in Hanyang University (HYU). Along with the increasing number of international students in HYU, various programs are being created to help these students. The Intensive Korean Writing Class (IKWC) is a special program made solely for international students by the Center for Creative Convergence Education, for those having problems writing in academic Korean. News H attended the first class of the second semester to take a closer look. IKWC, a stepping stone for international students As international students in HYU, they inevitably have to go through an obstacle of a language barrier. This could happen both in daily living and in lectures. However, a lot of these students recall their Korean assignments as the most difficult. When writing, various literacy expressions along with the correct grammar have to be considered. This makes writing for the international students a cause for repulsion. “Grammatical problems aren’t the only problems international students go through. They have difficulties with applying the unique traits only Korean has. I try my hardest to teach them these characteristics so that they could freely use them in their assignments,” commented Oh Se-jin, a lecturer from the IKWC. Oh gave an enthusiastic lecture to the students. “The most important element when writing is considering the reader. In your cases, it would be the professor,” Oh started off. She explained the overall curriculum of the class, dividing writing into the distinction of the literary and colloquial style to writing reports and resumes. The lecturer kindheartedly gave similarities and differences between Korean and the students’ mother tongue. “I believe that both spoken and written words have the power to move a person. So I tend to emphasize sincere writing and speaking when I teach. I wish the students would not fear writing in Korean by the time this class is over,” said Oh. Various reasons have brought these international students with different nationalities to this class. Zhang Yang Yi (Business Administration, 1st year) from China explained, “I don’t have any difficulties when writing in Chinese. I can write in long sentences including all I want to say, but it’s the opposite in Korean. I simply can’t think of what I should write when writing a report in Korean.” Another Chinese student, Zuo Jia Yu also expressed that she had difficulties with her vocabulary. “I first started learning Korean two years ago when I first entered this university. I had problems with Korean grammar and vocabulary during lectures, so I intend to improve my vocabulary skills through this class.” The students also concentrated through the whole class. The Center for Creative Convergence Education Behind this helpful program, a lot of effort was made by the Communications Clinic in the Center for Creative Convergence Education. This Clinic was constructed in 2012 to develop the Hanyangians’ creativity and their communicative competency. This center manages not only this IKWC, but also various programs such as the communication clinic, future humanities forum, debate competitions, English film festival, and English quiz nights. The communication clinic is the foundation of IKWC, allowing all Hanyangians to receive help in four languages – Korean, English, Chinese and Spanish. This center is working hard for the improvement of creativity and communication skills, and a lot of students are receiving help from it. The IKWC made its first step last year, made by the request of the Office of International Affairs, due to the need for academic help for international students as HYU is a globalized university. International students require a certain ability with their Korean writing skills to proceed with their academics in HYU; therefore, there was a need for a program that could help them get to a certain extent in their writing of Korean. The first year of the IKWC, therefore, came to an end with great satisfaction for international students. This second IKWC this year is already almost full of students wishing to improve their Korean skills, and they have started their first class off successfully. Students can receive their counciling in these rooms. (Photo courtesy of Communications Clinic) Chan Puthearath from Cambodia commented, “I have a Korean presentation two weeks later, and I wish I can prepare it well to give a great presentation. I don’t want to be a harm to my Korean teammates, and I will do my best!” Anyone who is in need of help with their language skills, whether it is Korean, English, Chinese or Spanish, can freely visit this clinic and receive help. Why don’t you visit the clinic and express your confidence in the language you wish? On Jung-yun email@example.com Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
Hanyang University will hold a ceremony called "Sea-bong (Service to make the world beautiful) Kimchi Sharing Volunteer Activities" in front of the Lion Statue of the New Administration Building at 9a.m on Saturday, November 11th. In this event, Hanyang University plans to carry out Kimchi making and packing event along with 150 applicants. Kimchi is delivered to the single elderly family, child breadwinners and recipients of national basic livelihood living in Seongdong-gu, Seoul. For more information, please contact the Office of the Secretariat at 02-2220-2004.
Professor Kim Dong-rip (Electrical Engineering) is one of the many scholars of the field who seek to create a new material that can efficiently store and release heat energy. His new approach of integrating metal or graphene with erythritol, a phase change material, was a significant breakthrough in this endeavor. The details of his research, "Fabrication of three-dimensional metal-graphene network phase change composite for high thermal conductivity and suppressed sub cooling phenomena" were kindly explained to a great length by Kim. Introduction to Kim’s research field To simplify Kim’s research, it is conceptually an attempt to create a “heat” battery. Just as the common battery stores and provides electricity, Kim is in the process of creating a heat storage device that can absorb and release heat. The underlying motive of this research was the observation of an irony in two types of industries; one field focuses on cooling temperatures, while the other endlessly work to bring temperatures up. For example, a car factory uses a significant level of heat in shaping and wielding various car parts. However, this heat needs to be constantly in check, since overheating of the factory can cause extreme dangers. On the other hand, a facility that provides heat to households are in forever need of more heat to circulate. Now imagine a device that can absorb the heat from the car factory and deliver it to the heating facility. Kim’s three-dimensional metal-graphene network provides the foundation for what material this device will be made up of. Kim explaining the details of his research This field of technology has received a great deal of attention from the international society in recent decades. Similar to Kim, most scientists turn to the development of a new material for achieving efficient heat storage. The three key standards that a heat storage material or a heat storage device must have, are high energy density, high conductivity, and stability. Historically, the traditional material used for this purpose was water, which lacks efficiency in all three standards for commercial use. To elaborate on these standards, energy density refers to how much energy a material can absorb and retain, which in this case would be heat. High conductivity is the speed at which the material can pass on the energy, vital for efficiency in terms of time. Finally, stability is the ability for the material to maintain its’ initial form after repeated use. As the nature of the material’s task involves repeated heating and cooling, it is imperative that there is no degradation after use. Current research in the field has made somewhat a progress concerning energy density, but has not seen satisfactory achievement in the two other standards. The distinction of Kim’s breakthrough The title of Kim’s research explains the breakthrough in this area word by word. Quite bluntly, he has succeeded in the "Fabrication of three-dimensional metal-graphene network phase change composite for high thermal conductivity and suppressed sub cooling phenomena". In the other term, Kim has found a way to create a material (phase change composite) out of metal and graphene, that has high thermal conductivity and stability (suppressed sub cooling phenomena). The term, “three-dimensional” refers to the manner in which metal or graphene is spread throughout this material. The reason for the use of metal was due to its’ high thermal conductivity and general use in the field of mechanics. However, the problem with metal was an inefficient level of energy density. To overcome this limitation, a material called erythritol was introduced. Erythritol is a phase change material (PCM) that is characterized by high energy density and conductivity. It has received a wide range of attention from scholars of various fields for its’ endless potential for utilization. An illustration of how the new material was formed (Photo courtesy of Professor Kim) By mixing granules of erythritol with metal paste and subjecting it to hot pressing, a new material composed of 3D metal network was made. This alteration of metal had high energy density, high thermal conductivity, and stability. Furthermore, the same experiment was done using a material called graphene, which had similar results. Specifically, a 3D graphene network had 95% of energy density as pure erythritol, and thermal conductivity was 4.7 time higher than the conventional graphene. As for stability, experiments were carried over 100 times to reveal that the network was stable and the material solid. Furthermore, the metal and graphene network has high flexibility, which indicates a wide scope of utilization methods while maintaining endurance. In fact, this network is stable enough to be put into commercial use right away, and Kim is currently working with different research facilities and companies to explore how this new material can be put into use. The significance of the results Ultimately, the efficiency of this newfound material will contribute to environmental preservation. As previously mentioned, some industries strive to create heat, while others try to release it. Linking these two fields will create a symbiotic relationship that can also reduce energy costs and help preserve the environment. For example, the average car emits the greatest amount of polluting gases in the process between ignition and waiting for the car to arrive at a certain temperature. If we could use a device that can heat the car up, these gases would decrease significantly. Even electric cars, this heating process is very significant cost of energy. In the end, it all comes down to energy efficiency, which Kim has made a great contribution to. Kim described the positive mind as the ability to find the smallest good thing in the midst of a depressing situation. In retrospect, Kim pointed out that having a positive mind had been the most helpful support in carrying out his research. When others fall into despair after repeated failures, a person with a positive mind tries to find the silver lining in all of these moments. Kim emphasizes this virtue in all aspect of life. He was especially concerned with many of the students who came to him for counseling. “Today’s students often feel that they are not enough. When writing resumes and giving self-introduction, they feel that they lack fancy achievements to make them stand out”. However, once he gets to know them, they all have distinct talents. Kim explained that seeking room for improvement is indeed important, but to the extent of self-criticism is poisonous. The one thing that he wants to tell his students is that the greatest drive for success is the positive mind. Lee Chang-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Choi Min-ju
The Hanyang University Institute for Euro-African Studies held 'The 42nd Colloquium' at 3 pm at Seoul Campus College of Social Science Building on Monday, October 23. In this colloquium, Emma Isumbingabo, Ambassador of Rwanda, gave a special lecture on "The Role of Culture in Rwanda's Sustainable Development".
The term ‘crowdfunding’, which refers to the practice of funding a project or venture by raising a small amount of money from a large number of individuals, typically via the Internet, has become one of daily vocabularies. This year, Hanyang university’s Startup Support Foundation has collaborated with a global crowdfunding online platform to provide fund raising opportunities for growing ventures in Korea. The Indiegogo Pilot Program started on the 8th of August, and the duration is approximately four months, having the product launching in early November. Poster informing applications for the Indiegogo Pilot Program, details are written below. (Photo courtesy of Center for Business Incubation) “Indiegogo runs this program every quarter, and Hanyang applied this time,” said the manager in charge, Joe Jong-hyuk. Five companies chosen by HYU were provided with online crowdfunding coach programs made by Indiegogo. Then, their business items were analyzed thoroughly to decide which companies should be in the final list of support. Two promising companies survived this process: Zero Founders and Brilliant & Company. Portable fine dust measuring device, Brilliant & Company Founded in 2015, Brilliant & Company developed a portable fine dust measuring device that can be linked to mobile phones. The company successfully raised funds through Wadiz (a Korean crowdfunding online platform) and Kakao story funding in 2016. Based on such know-hows and technological experiences, the firm created a new device called ‘PiCO’. PiCO is a living environment monitor that detects not only fine dust but also temperature, humidity, and CO2 level around the user. PiCo from Brilliant & Company. It also has it's own mobile application that can be paired with cellphones. (Photo courtesy of Brilliant & Company) “We applied to this program thanks to the manager Joe,” mentioned Yoon Jung-yoon, CEO of Brilliant & Company. According to Yoon, Hanyang Startup Support Foundation provided a lot of support and help to the ventures occupying the building. For example, whenever the Brilliant & Company had issues on their prototype, the center would suggest solutions based on their abundant experiences, or even introduce consulting firms when it comes to financial issues. Yoon ambitiously said that they are aiming to raise a million dollars through Indiegogo pilot program. “You always have to aim high, don’t you?” chuckled Yoon. Nevertheless, capital is not the only thing a venture can acquire through this program. The business can also find global IT retail partners such as Home-Bau in Germany. Check how your skin is today with Zerofounders The other company which made it to the final Indiegogo support venture is Zerofounders. This global beauty technology company has two main products related to the pilot program. The first one is INCO which measures body fat from the user’s abdominal thickness. ECLAIR measures one’s skin condition, especially the balance of oil and moisture based on the user’s biological cycle such as sleep time and work out regularity. Zerofounders aims to make the betterment of women’s lives. Therefore, they research and develop devices that can help women manage their outer beauty whenever needed. Zerofounder's products, INCO (left) and ECLAIR (right). (Photo courtesy of Zerofounders) Jung Hannah, CEO of Zerofounders said, “crowdfunding is a platform where early adopters looking for innovative products are concentrated.” Jung was planning to promote their new ECLAIR through such a platform when she received an email from HYU. One of the many benefits of participating in the Indiegogo Pilot Program is that the venture companies can acquire deep insight in the whole process of crowdfunding, from making promotion videos to the actual launching of the product. Joe mentioned, “Hanyang Startup Support Foundation is supporting the financials of the video making and marketing for now, and we plan to provide more aid when needed.” With the help of Hanyang and Indiegogo, Zerofounders targets North American and European markets. Specifically, they aim to collaborate with cosmetic brands or to have offline stores. Startup Support Foundation operates and organizes numerous programs like this to support growing ventures and start-up businesses regardless of the CEO's school backgroud. For more information, anyone may visit the Center for Business Incubation's website (click). Kim So-yun email@example.com
Today, we live in the world where everything is becoming mechanized, meaning the field of electronics and mechanics are infinitely evolving. Conspicuous or not, there are small and big changes around us that make our lives more convenient and more efficient in various ways. Professor Hong Jung-pyo (Department of Automotive Engineering), in his paper, “Simple size determination of permanent-magnet synchronous machines” has established a milestone in the field of both electronics and mechanics, by proposing a means of simplifying the process of designing and developing machines. Hong’s research can determine the direction of the process of motor’s development. When designing and producing an instrument, engineers go through trials of experiments, trying to pick the best formula by observing the results of each experiment. Such a process demands laborious amounts of time and cost, which under certain circumstances can be unaffordable. A perfect, well-constructed device or motor has been made through stages of trial-and-error so far, being tested on their performance in each stage. However, with Hong’s proposal of simulation experiment, this entire step could be greatly reduced, simply by executing the experiment with the simulator. When working on a motor, it is important to harmoniously combine the techniques of both the electrician and the engineer. However, what is more important is, the two fields should not be seen separately. The two perspectives commingled as one will bring the best result, whereas if they are regarded separately, failures can arise, and it would be difficult to figure out where the problem originated from. The simulator Hong proposed in his paper acts not only as a catalyst in making the process of developing machines faster, simpler, and easier by exempting the trial-and-error step but also allows to preview an outcome of integrated viewpoint. “For a better understanding, imagine this picture. There is a device I’m trying to make, and I want to equip this circle-shaped part. After doing so, I still think I can improve the final product somehow, so I will try dismantling the part I just added and equip this oval-shaped part. When doing so, I have to carefully remove the circle-shaped part and re-equip the oval-shaped one and then compare the two results to see what the best combination is.” This process of trial-and-error and comparison, which is time-consuming, is what Hong wanted to resolve with his research. With the simulator, engineers can simply enter the input and compare the different outcomes and go for what is the best much more conveniently. Everything that moves, including cars, elevators, and airplanes, are all powered by electric motors. In the future, the range of usages will increase infinitely which means there will be experiments after experiments for the development of motor-based objects. In each case, Hong’s research can greatly reduce the development process and offer the direction of choices for better outcomes. His future research goal is to create a unified solution of electronics and mechanics, which will boost the usability of the machine itself. Hong’s research will be a constructive contribution to engineers. Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Park Young-min, Kim Youn-soo
Hanyang University ranked 3rd (ERICA 9th) in '2017 JoongAng Ilbo University Rankings'. On October 23, Joongang Ilbo released the results of 'Comprehensive Evaluation', which evaluates the comprehensive competitiveness of 4-year universities, 'Department Evaluation', which assesses the competitiveness of departments and 'Reputation Survey', which is conducted by human resources managers of various companies and institutions. This comprehensive evaluation was conducted for 61 4-year comprehensive universities with four or more departments among humanities, social science, engineering, natural science, medicine, arts and physical education. Four evaluation criteria (professor's research, educational conditions, student performance, and reputation) and 33 detailed indicators (professor's research achievement, educational conditions, student education, etc.) are evaluated out of 300 points. Universities specialized in science and engineering, such as KAIST and POSTEC, were excluded from this comprehensive evaluation. Hanyang University showed strengths in student education and performance. Seoul Campus is ranked 1st in 'Student Performance' (58 points), 3rd in 'Professor's Research' (70 points), 4th in 'Educational Conditions' (60 points), 5th in 'Reputation' (24 points), and 3rd in overall rankings with total 214 points. ERICA campus ranked 9th overall by achieving 6th (49 points) in 'Student Performance', 10th (62 points) in 'Professor's Research' category. The rankings of Seoul and ERICA campus dropped one stair from the previous year. On this comprehensive evaluation, Seoul National University (237 points) ranked the first this year as well as last year, followed by Sungkyunkwan (222 points), Hanyang (214 points), Korea (205 points), Yonsei (202 points), Sogang (189 points), Chung-Ang (184 points), Inha (182 points), Hanyang University ERICA (181 points), Kyunghee (180 points). This year’s department evaluation was divided into four categories: humanities, social science, engineering, and natural sciences. The evaluation index and score were applied differently based on the characteristics of the departments. In 'Humanities·Social Science Department Evaluation' the Seoul campus ranked 3rd in the humanities(179 points) and 2nd in the social sciences (188 points) category. ERICA campus ranked 14th in humanities (143 points) and 20th in social science (140 points). According to the Joongang Ilbo article, "Seoul Campus focused on finding a job suitable for student's aptitude through field placement (field placement participation rate, Humanities 3rd·Social Science 6th)". "Professors consulted continuously with many students and connected them to the training sites, and lots of students worked for the same company after six months of employment (Maintenance employment rate; Humanities 4th·Social Science 3rd)". Article added, "Hanyang University also established Industry Advisory Board (IAB) composed of incumbent workers including entrepreneurs, politicians, and civil servants and had a meeting with them twice each year to propose necessary training courses on the spot and participate in job mentoring." This evaluation was conducted for 50 universities in the humanities department, 57 universities in social science. In the evaluation of the humanities department, Seoul National University was ranked in the first, Sungkyunkwan University was ranked in the second, and Korea University (Seoul) was ranked in the third. In social science department, Seoul National University ranked the 1st, followed by Hanyang University (Seoul) and Korea University (Seoul). In the evaluation of 'Natural science and engineering department', Seoul Campus ranked 5th in the natural sciences (174 points) and 3rd in the engineering field (206 points). ERICA campus recorded the ranking of 10th in engineering (176 points). This year, Seoul Campus showed strengths in ‘startup support’ in the natural science and engineering sector. According to the Joongang Ilbo article, "the number of technology venture companies, certified by Technology Guarantee Fund and identified from which university the founders graduated, was 13,947. Among the founders of these companies, 498 people are from Hanyang University in Seoul Campus, second only to Seoul National University (525 people) ". The article emphasized, " Hanyang University focuses on entrepreneurship education, and the number of students who received entrepreneurship training last year was the highest (6580, including redundancy) among the evaluated universities”. In addition, 'Hanyang Startup Academy' was introduced as a program to support this. This program selects students and alumni with entrepreneurial items and develop this into a profitable model and support the cost (30 million ~ 150 million won). It has been running twice a year since 2012. "Half of the 500 start-up academy graduates have succeeded in establishing their business and their annual sales reach 150 billion won," said Kwon Tae-yeong, a team leader at Hanyang University. KAIST occupied the 1st place of the evaluation of natural science department among 49 universities. 2nd place is POSTECH, 3rd place is Seoul National University. 58 colleges were evaluated for engineering department with Sungkyunkwan University and POSTECH jointly ranked first and Hanyang University (Seoul) ranked third. In addition, Hanyang University received a good score in the 'reputation survey’ conducted by the JoongAng Ilbo with 61 research universities surveyed by the research institute ‘Research & Research’. First, according to a survey of "University you wish to recommend for admission" conducted by 550 human resource managers in companies and public institutions, Seoul Campus was ranked the 5th in natural sciences and 9th in liberal arts field. Seoul Campus occupied 4th place in natural sciences and 6th place in liberal arts field for a question "University you wish to recommend for admission", surveyed by 550 high school teachers. Seoul Campus was ranked 6th and ERICA campus was the 9th for the question "university with a high potential of development." ▶ 2017 Joongang Ilbo University Rankings- Comprehensive Evaluation (only in Korean) ▶ 2017 Joongang Ilbo University Rankings- Liberal and Social Science (only in Korean) ▶ 2017 Joongang Ilbo University Rankings - Natural Science and Engineering (only in Korean)
The autumn festivals brought out different atmospheres from the spring festivals. The quiet campuses were filled with students' laughter here and there, and with atmospheres of the students enjoying the performances at dusk. The autumn festivals offered relaxation and romance to students who were tired of school life. Despite the relatively small scale of the autumn festivals, experience booths and performances went off well on both campuses. Enjoying at booths during the time in-between classes The autumn festivals started on the 26th and lasted for three days on both campuses. On Seoul Campus, the festival was held by the student body ‘Hanmam’ and ‘Aehanjae festival planning committee’. The concept of the festival was ‘temporary holiday’. It came from an intention of being a festival feeling like resting for Hanyang students. On ERICA campus, the festival was held by ‘student club alliance’. ERICA campus gave a theme of ‘It was good, Autumn’in a sense that gives students a rest and colorful memories like autumn leaves. (Source: student club alliance) On the first day of the festivals, ‘exhibition of small groups’, ‘individual booths’, and ‘festival planning committee boots’ were set on Seoul campus. By the main gate ‘Aeji-moon’, exhibition bulletin boards, which introduced various small groups, were installed attracting students. At Hanmadang, ‘rabbits on the moon’ booth providing rice cake - making experience and delivered the rice cakes to student cafeteria workers, and ‘Paradise VR game’ booth providing VR experience were attracting students. Especially, ‘You and Me, Slime’ booth caught popularity. They targeted a young market where Slime, a kind of had fumble toy like a jelly, was popular. Nuclear Engineering Department of ‘what-is-nuclear-engineering’ booth, postcard sale booth, and Korean archery booth were also installed. On ERICA campus, 'flea market’ booths and food trucks were installed. At the flea market booths which had already appeared a few years ago, Hanyang University students were selling their handmade products. Accessories, clothing, as well as mini flowerpot, incense burner, cell phone cases, and a variety of products were displayed. Lee Hyun-joo (Sophomore, Ocean Convergence Engineering) who participated in the flea market booths for the cost of food and health checkups for alley cats, said, "It is a very good system that students can run their booths with good intentions through festivals". Colorful contents stood out On the second day, at the Seoul Campus Open-Air Theater, cheerleaders Luters and student club performances continued. Particularly, this year’s festival had a new stage of ‘Maybe-useful, Mysterious Encyclopedia for anything and everything.’ which was a parody of the recently gone-off entertainment program ‘Not-so-useful, Mysterious Encyclopedia for anything and everything.’ The students who came to the stage showed unusual and novel talent and provoked laughs. At ERICA Campus’ Lake Park, there was a song festival ‘It was a good song, Autumn' at which students showed off their singing skills. On this day, singer Han Dong-geun appeared as a surprise guest and sang a song with the final winner. A seminar by Hong Seok-Chun, the Hanyang University alumni, was held in the student hall. He gave a lecture on entrepreneurship and gave warm comfort to students as a life senior. On the third day, a famous Youtuber ‘himkong’ visited ERICA campus and held a sports competition with students. ‘Yellow Ribbon’ 416 Family Drama company consisted of members of family of the deceased from Sewol Ferry incident performed a play ‘Living in a Neighborhood, Dying in a Neighborhood’ at the welfare center. A night of Autumn, a feast of romantic performances When the sun set, the festival was getting more and more heated. The stage of invited singers was by far the highlight of the festivals. On Seoul campus, starting with ‘Urban Zacapa’ on 28th, ‘Epic High’, and ‘Cheong-ha’ on 29th continued the heat wave. Students who gathered at the open-air theater responded with a hot cheer. On ERICA campus, performances of singers matching with the sensibility of autumn such as 'Munmoon', 'Day Break', and 'Yoon Jong-shin' continued the festival’s nights. The lineup contrasted with the last spring festival, where hip-hop and dance singers were mainly performing. Lee Jin-oh (Department of Economics, 4), the chairman of the student club association, said, “I was hoping to give a space to sit down with friends and enjoy performances and chatting.” It was also noticeable that the festivals went orderly with less alcoholic beverages and drunk people. There was no liquor booth on Seoul campus. On ERICA campus, only one beer booth operated by the student club association was held. In addition, 20 security personnel composed of students were selected and placed in the festival main place, and they also worked on the safety management of students. However, some students responded that ‘liquor booths are a culture in college festivals”, and said, “it is natural that the participation rate is low because there are no liquor booths in this small autumn festival.” Also, some students from business school, and Economy Finance students on Seoul campus complained about the fact that Hanmadang and the open-air theater are so far away from each other that it is not easy to enjoy. We are looking forward to more developed Hanyang festivals, which will be developed not only through close communication between school and students, but also through various attempts.
On October 16, Paiknam Memorial Association held ‘The 3rd Paiknam Prize’ at Paiknam Music Hall in Hanyang University, Seongdong-gu, Seoul. Paiknam Prize was established to honor Dr. Paiknam Kim Lyun-joon, the founder of Hanyang University. The winners of the 3rd Paiknam award are ▲Engineering: CEO of Nano Co. Ltd., Shin Dong-woo (57), ▲Music: former director of the National Chorus, Na Young-soo (79) ▲Human rights and service: former president of Ireland Mary Robinson (73) ▲ Engineering sector winner, Shin Dong-woo and his wife are taking a commemorative photo with Kim Chong-yang, Chairman of Hanyang Foundation. ▲Music sector winner, Na Young-soo and his wife are taking a commemorative photo with Kim Chong-yang, Chairman of Hanyang Foundation. ▲ Human rights and Service sector winner, Mary Robinson is taking a commemorative photo with Kim Chong-yang, Chairman of Hanyang Foundation. ▲ The National Chorus members are performing commemorative performances.
"Biomass is the only replacement for fossil fuels," said Jeon with certainty. Biomass is defined as living or recently dead organisms and any byproducts of those organisms, plant or animal. It can be used to produce renewable electricity, thermal energy, or transportation fuels (biofuels). In his recent review article, "Recent progress in microalgal biomass production coupled with wastewater treatment for biofuel generation," Jeon reviewed the technologies required to successfully integrate the two seemingly different areas: wastewater treatment and cultivation of microalgae. Jeon is enthusiastically explaining his recent article and progress of related fields. In order to generate biofuel, a substantial amount of biomass is required. Biomass is found in the natural world, such as in food crops. However, and often times, they are rare and have a low energy yield. Microalgae overcome all of the stated shortcomings. Known as one of the fastest growing life forms on earth, microalgae are found in fresh water or marine systems but can also survive versatile environmental conditions. In other words, microalgae have optimal conditions to be converted into energy. This potential energy source requires abundant Nitrogen and Phosphorus along with diverse minerals, and surprisingly enough, wastewater is a source of such nutrients. With the adequate pre-treatment of wastewater, a sewage disposal plant can turn into a ground for the mass cultivation of microalgae. This particular review article written by Jeon and his colleagues discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of recent progress and research around the world on such point. The reason why Jeon's research team can write such a review article concentrated on the relationship between microalgae and wastewater treatment is because the very research team discovered that wastewater can be used as a type of microalgae farm. "I personally dream to change such disposal plants into energy plants," said Jeon. He mentioned that 0.5% of the national electricity is spent on the wastewater treatment facilities. What if that facility can generate the amount of resource they use? Or even better, utilize the infrastructure to produce even more energy? "Sewage plant is located in every other neighborhood, unlike other power plants such as nuclear or coal plants. If sewage plants can create energy, the town will be a self-sufficient town." A chart explaining the relations among microalgae cultivation facilities, microalgal biomass and how water is purified while generating biofuels. (Photo courtesy of Jeon) In becoming one of the leading labs in the field, Jeon emphasizes looking through the keywords. As a college student, Jeon believed that ‘environment' and ‘energy' are going to be one of the most conversed topics in the future. Environmental engineering and eco-friendly energy came naturally into his pathway, which led Jeon to where he is now. Mentioning the fact that Korea can produce only ca. 0.3% of biogas than that of Germany's, Jeon suggested that the environmental engineering field in Korea still needs further research and development. "The field is very future-oriented," said Jeon. "Among the many topics that are and going to be significant in the coming days, renewable and environmentally friendly energy are some of the areas that engineers can contribute to." Jeon plans to keep working on his dream to convert wastewater facilities into energy-independent, and energy-creating social infrastructure. Jeon is holding a cylinder with microalgae in his lab. Kim So-yun email@example.com Photos by Choi Min-ju
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