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2017-12 04

[Faculty]A Professor and a CEO

The two nouns, professor and CEO often do not go along too well. It is because the two jobs require two distinct traits, such as a rigorous academic interest for a professor and innovation for a CEO. There are few who manage to bear the two titles, but Park Jai-koo (Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering) is one of them. In one of the busy Saturday afternoons of Park, News H visited his office to take a closer look at his recent accomplishment. Park is holding a sample of his insulatio, explaining with pride. "Technology is what led to the invesment," smiled Park. Hang in there, that is what makes difference in the end ‘Congratulations’ was the word that started the interview. Park and his company, Micropore was able to draw a huge 3 billion won investment to mass produce his original insulation. The type of insulation Park has developed is specifically used in the process of assembling displays, which is one of the most important industries in the modern world. Park’s insulation is different from the Japanese and German products mainly in two ways. First, it creates less dust. The invention is made of Silicon dioxide, commonly known as Silica. It is one of the most commonly found minerals that originates from underground. “Most insulations are made of Silica, but the root technology of processing it creates vastly different results,” said Park. The second specialty is that it protects from heat very well. The statement may sound awkward as all insulates should prevent heat. Nevertheless, Park mentioned that the imported materials are not specifically made to be used as semi-conductor display insulates. Therefore, Park’s invention with countless pores inside serves the purpose much better. To the question, ‘what was the core factor for Micropore to receive such investment?’ Park answered ‘technology’ without a second of hesitation. Park told us that his past 20 years of working as a professor and a CEO was burdensome as it sounds. Despite the Act on Special Measures for the Promotion of Venture Businesses in 1997 that gave birth to dozens of ‘professor-start-ups’, Micropore is one of the longest living ventures of its kind. “Right earlier this week, I took off from the metro to visit my factory and realized that my shoes were worn out so much. That is how much effort and energy was required to keep up the work,” smiled Park. When asked what is the key behind all this, Park replied, "You just hang in there. There is no special skills or knowledge required. What you do is to pour your everything and hang in there. In the end, the one who endured the longest will make difference.” "A social atmosphere encouraging college students to explore and make companies should be created." Manufacturing industry as the engine of Korea As an engineer professor, Park laments at the reality where not many companies own domestic factories. “Manufacturing industry should revive. That is the way for Korea to grow its competency,” said Park, filled with certainty. The root of such industry is mineral. In order to be utilized, a mineral requires to be located, mined, and processed. Park focuses in processing but also in Urban Mining. “There is more gold in your phone than in a 1 ton of mineral,” mentioned Park. Urban mining retrieves disposed cell phones or PCB (Printed Circuit Boards, found in all electronic devices) and selectively processes them in order to retrieve rare metals such as Au, Ag and Pt. Park now looks forward to acquiring another title, an author. With his abundant experience in both business and engineering, he would like to give advice to fellow professors who are starting his or her own business or planning to have one. “They all need to hold up until the company actually makes progress and profit. I wish Hanyang, as one of the leading engineering schools in the nation, should have a signature company that has our name on it,” wished Park. For the short-term goal, Park plans to list Micropore on KOSDAQ. With the recent investment, may the wind blow to his path. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2017-11 13

[Alumni]88 Ways of Speaking: To Keep Myself

“Tigers die and leave their skins: People die and leave their names.” This is a famous proverb that points a great master’s name that lives on. Son Hwa-shin (Korean Language & Literature, ’09) as a high school student thought she also wanted to pass her name down, especially through her writing. “The idea that you eventually die, but your work lives for eternity is so fascinating,” said Son, with her eyes glowing with enthusiasm. News H met Son, a beginning essayist who just published her first book through Daum Kakao’s amateur writing platform, ‘brunch beta’. "I wish to write an essay that can be called a masterpiece." “He was a person who knew exactly what he wanted.” Son always had a passion for writing, and that led her to major in Korean language and literature. Nevertheless, she did not realize that writing can also be a breadwinning career. While having a minor identity crisis, Son went to an exhibition to clear her head during the summer of 2015. That is when she read the quote: “He was a person who knew exactly what he wanted.” “I was genuinely stunned by the words,” said Son. That was the moment when she realized that the root of her crisis starts from ignorance of her own wills. Son said what comes between ‘I am just a’ and a period truly represents oneself. Son thought ‘writer’ fills her blank. "I am just a _____ ." What fills your blank? Luckily enough, she encountered the notice for ‘brunch project’ online which promised its first-place winner with an opportunity to publish his or her book through Kakao. “This is it,” thought Son. She wanted the blue ribbon so bad to quit her job and focus on writing. “It would be a lie if I say I was never worried, but I had faith. The blue ribbon felt like mine, and I wanted to turn my life around with this award,” mentioned Son. However, life gave her a lemon. She did not make it to the first place but to second. Son, however, turned it into a lemonade instead. Second-place, unlike the first, is awarded with some funds to support the writer to publish a book on one's own. The process of writing a book proposal, sending them to several dozens of publishers, and having meetings taught her a lot. “Come to think of it, I feel lucky to win the second-place instead of first,” reminisced Son. The book 88 Ways of Speaking: To Keep Myself (2016). Click the image to purchase the book. (Photo courtesy of Sam and Parkers) Writing as a way to love oneself Son’s book ’88 Ways of Speaking: To Keep Myself (2016)’ contains 88 brunch posts that tell everyone to ‘talk like oneself’. “I felt like in this fast-changing world, people keep losing and forgetting who they are. In that context, I perceive life as battle to keep who you are.” Son strongly asserted that in order to talk like yourself, you first have to know yourself, which can be accomplished through writing. For most of the people who are afraid of writing due to various reasons, Son recommends them to write about what you like. It might lighten your burden by writing on an external subject, but in the end, all writings encompass the thoughts and logic of the writer. Once you get used to writing, Son emphasizes having one’s own style is also important. Left is Amedeo Modiglian's 'Portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne in a large hat (1918)', and the right piece is Edvard Munch's 'The Scream(1893)'. Both paintings uncover the essence through distortion. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia) Wanting to have excellence in writing, Son also studiously develops her own writing style. She aims at highly connotative, contextual writings through writing less. “I often think of art when I write,” said Son. Amedeo Modigliani or Edvard Munch reveals the essence of a subject not through depicting it in a realistic and specific way, but rather through simplifying and distorting it. Son also enjoys adding her literary touch to her news articles. “If you think of an article, it feels cold and simply informative. But an article can ironically provide a better understanding through literary approaches,” mentioned Son. This technique is called ‘not tell but show’. For instance, Son could simply write ‘the reporter met actor Hong at a café in Samchung-dong’, but by adding ‘a café with a beautiful chandelier’, readers can instantly picture the place where the interview took place. Son is a young dreamer with an affection and enthusiam for writing. Son definitely plans to publish more essays in the future. “I’ve never really thought of myself as an essayist, but by being called as one, I am even more motivated to write more essays,” said Son with excitement. Throughout the interview, Son turned into a young dreamer whenever she talked about her writing. With such passion and diligence, News H is looking forward to reading more of her works. To catch up what has already been uploaded, click HERE. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-11 06

[Alumni]Blocks of Opinions Making the Hall of Fame, Glowpick

The cosmetic market in Korea has been booming for a long time, releasing numerous new brands and products. Unlike in the past, where ‘road shop products’ and ‘department store products’ had a clear division in their quality and price, many consumers are now lost in the wide array of choices available. CEO of GLOWDAYZ, Kong Jun-sik (Journalism & Mass Communication, ’11) proposed a solution in this confusing era. Kong wanted to make Glowpick as a medium of wise cosmetics shopping for consumers. Honest reviews as road signs “Glowpick is a mobile application that provides information to consumers in the form of a ranking, 100 percent based on their reviews,” said Kong. Realizing the fact that people are lost in the sea of information, Kong decided to collect reviews from ordinary people, the actual consumers of makeup. “Making a choice must have been difficult, especially when many beauty shows or blogs have accepted paid advertisements in order to flourish, without providing straightforward suggestions” lamented Kong. Therefore, unlike many review applications, Glowpick does not sensor customer reviews, even if they may seem extreme or contain swear words. Kong mentioned that he wants to create a comfortable environment as if the users are talking to their friends offline. The standard of a ‘good cosmetic product’ may differ for every person and every beauty application. Some value the components, and others value the professional’s opinion. In Glowpick’s case, Kong believes the product that has been recommended the most by the largest number of people is the best product. That is why Kong had striven to collect more than 2 million frank opinions from the past. Through such effort, Kong was able to bring the attention of major brands and marketing operators on the importance of consumer reports. “Now we can process and provide the information to cosmetic companies so that they can consider the public opinion in developing new products,” said Kong, proudly. A screen capture of the Glowpick (Photo courtesy of Glowpick) Now more than just a ranking application When the two reporters from News H had congratulated him on making Glowpick’s first offline store in Shinsegae Gangnam, Kong waved his hands with modesty. Now GLOWDAYZ has made its first step in the offline distribution channel, but Kong has bigger dreams. “It’s only part of the plan,” said Kong. The ultimate goal of the company, he mentioned, is to equip its own distribution channel. He aims to develop Glowpick to provide accurate information that fits with individual skin type, and the consumers can conveniently purchase the product without having to leave the application. Behind all the glowing success, Kong has experienced two times the bitter failures. Kong first grew his interest in IT business in his first job at a media company. Media trend at that time was changing from traditional newspapers to mobile news, so Kong created new media contents in the company. Then, after graduation, Kong started his own venture both in Korea and in the States. “Both didn’t really work out too well for various reasons. But thinking back, those experiences became stepping stones for me,” recalled Kong. He also asserted that Korean society has to be more open to failures. "That way, more people, including the younger generation, should feel safer to bring their ideas into the world, which they should. I myself wouidn't be able to overcome the obstacles I faced," said Kong with a warm smile. The offline store of Glowpick in Shinsegae Gangnam (Photo courtesy of Glowpick) Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-10 02

[Alumni]Don’t be Afraid to Follow Your Values

The third top box office hit in the history of Korean documentary films, Our President (2017) is directed by a Hanyang alumni, Lee Chang-jae (Policy Studies, ’94). He studied engineering before coming to Hanyang, and studied law in our school. After graduation, he worked in the field of journalism, then media. Now he is a documentary movie director, a writer, and a professor. News H visited Lee this week to have a closer look into his past and recent work. Lee is enthusiastically explaining how leading one's life by oneself is important. What seems like a winding path “If I look back, it was not all so meaningless after all,” said Lee, thinking back to his past. Lee studied law because of his parent’s will. He originally wanted to study history, but his parents told him he would never get a job majoring in history. During his college years, he wanted to discover and prove what he liked and was good at. He figured writing was his path, and applied for numerous competitions, all of which he did not win. Dramatically, he won first place in the Hanyang Literature Competition. “Thinking ‘I wanted to walk this path’ in my mind only seemed like it would fly away so easily. I had to prove myself before really going into the other direction.” After being discharged from the military, Lee felt that he must climb the tree to eat the fruit. Hoping to study journalism, he desperately felt the need for more information. There were not a lot of graduates, nor peers to help him. Therefore, he knocked on the doors of the Executive Vice President and Head of the Office of Planning. He demanded a preparation group for the press exam, which is now the preparation course for the press examination. In his first and second job, he felt he lost the dominance over his life once again. Leading a hectic life and being promoted fast, time flew, and he had sipped his bridle away. Hence, he went to Chicago to learn film. Poster of Lee's latest movie, Our President (2017) One step forward at the edge of a cliff There is a saying in Buddhism, ‘百尺竿頭進一步’. It means to take a step forward at the edge of a hundred ‘chuck’ (a traditional measure length of a hand, 33.3cm.) cliff. Going to Chicago and coming back to Korea was a big step for Lee. Making a movie took about three years, and with him having nothing left in Korea made him feel heavy. That’s when he was offered a position with the school. Lee makes movies on the topics he is interested in. The movie, On the Road (2013) was based on the reflection he had 20 years ago, seriously considering entering the Buddhist priesthood. The latest movie, Our President (2017) started on Lee’s hope to remind Korean citizens that we once had a time when people chose their own presidential candidates and the president. “Just like superheroes go and save the world when they are told of their super-power, I wanted to give our citizens a reminder that they own their country.” Lee mentioned that because another documentary movie on the late Roh’s life was released just a few months before Lee’s movie, he had to look for the clips that were not used in the other movie. Looking through the 60 hour long material, the last moment when Roh says, “I am Roh Moo-hyun” and turns his back caught Lee’s eyes. “It felt like the clip was left unused for me.” That’s when he decided the ending moment of the entire film. “Out of 9000 minutes of the interview, only 40 minutes are used in the documentary. That’s why I need to look back at the materials and take some time for myself to contemplate.” Lee always notices himself being changed after a film. “I have to be completely immersed into one’s life in order to make a documentary film. Change in my perspective is almost inevitable,” said Lee. He pointed that introspection and learning has to be balanced to form a truly dimensional self. That is why he always writes a book after a film. Lee plans to start on another project around the upcoming December. “Whenever I make a new movie, external success is not my goal. Only my inner values that I pursue truly fulfills me,” said Lee with a peaceful smile on his face. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-09 26

[Student]Two Brave Hanyangians Saving Lives

Stepping into emergency situations requires a great deal of courage and training. This week, News H met two of the brave lions of Hanyang, Lee Mok-wang (Division of Sport Science, 3rd year) and Lee Beum-hee (Chinese Language & Literature, 1st year). Both students saved a man’s life by operating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Lee Mok-wang is explaining the situation. Q1. Could you explain the situation when you found the patient? Beom-hee: I was on patrol in the Dongdaemun area with a police lieutenant as usual when a couple walking in front of us reported the patient. The man was laying on the ground and his body was stiff, breath being short. His eyes were flipped, so I immediately felt something was wrong with him. Mok-wang: An evening before Memorial Day, I went to Korea Integrated Freight Terminal for a one day part time job. While I was working, a man about five meters away from me collapsed while grabbing a bar. Nobody knew he was having cardiac arrest. We all just thought he was taking a break. I had my eyes on him because I felt something was going on. Then I realized his breath was abnormally rapid and deep. Q2. Why were you around the area? Beom-hee: I am serving as a tourist police, and a tourist policeperson patrols tourist attractions such as Dongdaemun, Myung-dong, and Hongdae in rotation. I have never seen a person passed out on the ground on my past patrols, though. Mok-wang: I was working in the terminal as a daily part timer. I was planning to donate the daily wage to the Ansan Shalom Welfare Center because I always wanted to share with people in need. I find it very lucky for someone who can perform CPR to be there at the moment to save a man’s life. Q3. What was the first thought that came into your mind? Beom-hee: To be honest, I was scared at first. I am a policeperson but I have never seen anyone like that. But the uniform gave me a big sense of responsibility. Q4. What were the people around you doing at the time? Beom-hee: The police lieutenant that I was accompanied with told me that we have to tilt the patient’s head to open the airway. That’s when we realized his head was bleeding. As there were no more people than us and the initial reporters, I asked them to call for the ambulance. But they were already calling. The couple explained the situation to the paramedic on the phone and told me what he said. Mok-wang: They were in a state of panic, not knowing what to do. I asked a person to call the ambulance while performing CPR. It took about 10 to 15 minutes for the ambulance to come. Lee Beum-hee is holding an award from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. (Photo courtesy of Lee) Q5. How long did you operate CPR? What thoughts did you have during the operation? Beom-hee: It took about four to five minutes, but I wasn't so sure. Performing CPR was harder than I thought because I had to put all my weight to my arms. During the operation, the patient’s wife and young daughter came and were crying. Looking at his family being so worried, I couldn’t stop. Mok-wang: I performed for about 10 to 15 minutes, and it was tiring. But, because I major in sports, I work our regularly, and I think it helped a lot. Q6. When did you know that the patient would be okay? Beon-hee: As I was performing CPR, right before the ambulance arrived, the patient’s eyes came back to a normal position, and he was able to breathe on his own. I could feel he was coming back. I was so relieved. Because for the past four minutes of operation, he did not move or react at all. I was also frantic at that time, but I still remembered hearing an old gentleman saying, ‘oh, he’s alive now.’ Q7. When did you learn how to perform CPR? Beom-hee: I learned CPR in the army recruits’ training center. I couldn’t remember everything I learned at the moment, but I did everything that I remembered. Mok-wang: I learned it for the first time when I entered the military in the army recruits’ training center. After I was discharged from the military, I had an opportunity to learn once again in school. (Left) Lee Mok-wang is delivering his daily wage to the Ansan Shalom Welfare Center. (Right) Lee recieved an achievement award from the Dean of College of Sports and Arts. Q8. Did you get in contact with the patient after they got better? Beom-hee: Unfortunately I didn't. About two weeks after the incident, I heard that he was a professor in Macau through a news article, so I tried to find his contact on the university homepage. However, I could not find him. I did ask for his contact in the hospital when I saw him for the last time, but his wife told me they don’t have any contact in Korea. Mok-wang: I did not personally get in touch with him, but I heard that he is living in a tough environment. I am not expecting any thanks because I did what I had to do. I just wish he gets well soon. Q9. Is there a thing you would like to mention to others? Beom-hee: I would like to say something to the people who will learn CPR in the future. You might wonder if you will ever perform CPR in your life, but unexpected things happen in life in unexpected moments. I recommend you teach CPR to your family members, as anyone can have cardiac arrest, even at home. Mok-wang: Please pay attention during the CPR education. Many people disregard the precious education and let it pass by. However, if you learn the operation properly, someday you will be able to handle emergency situations well. We need to be conscious that cardiac arrest can happen to your family and friends. "I was able to realize the weight of a uniform through this incident. I hope I can manage future emergency situations better and more calmly." Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo and Park Young-min

2017-09 19

[Faculty]Robotics is for Everyone

“I will be riding a huge robot like in the cartoons in 100 years, and I’ll live forever,” smiled Professor Han Jea-kweon (Department of Interdisciplinary Robit Engineering ). Han in his office in the late afternoon gave two vastly contrasting impressions of a pure child and an agile scholar. News H met with Han to hear more stories about his recent developments and insight in robotics. Han is explaining how much experience is valuable. Get out of the library “It’s really sad that most students ask me the question because it implies how much the young generation of our society is suffering from uncertainty, especially on their future.” When asked, ‘What made you become a robot engineer?’, Han answered both sarcastically and empathetically. He did have a special reason on becoming the person who he is now, but he wanted to make sure that the readers do not fall into the frame of thought that a person needs ‘the moment’ or ‘the reason’ to decide what to do in the future. Han went on to explain that a person passes by hundreds and thousands of opportunities in his or her lifetime, but it is what gives them fun and joy that they are truly attracted to. And ‘the thing’ is not found in books but in experiences. Han himself has also accumulated abundant experiences as a foundation of being one of the leading scholar in the field. Han has always wanted to make robots, but due to the lack of opportunities in Korea at that time, he proceeded with his study in graduate school in automobiles. Then, he got a job in a major company as mainstream society had told him to. “But there was always this unfulfilled thirst inside telling me, ‘this is not your life! You are not born to do this, go on and do what you really want to do,” recalled Han. So, he chose to study in the States to overcome such lack of opportunity. “At that time, I did not foresee my salary to be cut in half,” laughed Han. Geek in the lab Han expressed the most enthusiasm and seriousness when he talked about his work. “I really was a geek before. Watching robot animation is still one of the most important parts of my day,” said Han. The first robot he ever made was a ‘Humvee’, a transformer-like robot. The Humvee was made over the course of one week, during my summer vacation back in 2007, when the movie Transformers (2007) was first released. Han and his wife rebuilt an RC car ‘hummer’ and gave it arms and legs. The Humvee video ‘Real Transformer NO C.G. Upgrade Version -Humvee Bioloid-‘ uploaded on Youtube hit more than 342,000 views to this date. Han’s passion for robots only grew over time while he studied in the United States for his doctoral degree. After coming back to Korea, Han participated in DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge that lasted for three years from 2012 to 2015. Coming back from the States, Han was bitterly surprised at the situation of the Korean robotics field. The biggest challenge he felt was the lack of intelligence. “The people we had, one by one, were brighter than the ones I’ve seen in the States, but the absolute number was too small.” Han compared the situation with the professional baseball league, where other countries such as Japan or the US have lots of back up players to change in every match, but we do not. That is the moment when he decided to get involved in education. EDIE, one of Han's robots. EDIE is a type of Human Robot interaction robot, intricately structured to communicate and bond with humans. Robots WILL create jobs “Humanity has been worried about robots and machines taking their jobs since the 1760s,” smiled Han. He advised that we need to search for what we can do ‘with’ the robots instead of being worried about what they will take from us. Traditional elites good at calculation and memorizing will lose jobs. But people with intuition, sense and creativity will flourish in unlimited possibilities. That is because robotics requires people from all fields with the aforementioned qualities. For instance, it took a designer, psychologists, and screen play experts in creating a Human Robot Interaction (HRI) robot EDIE. “Robot is a tool needed in our daily lives. Students now need to contemplate on how to progress one step ahead with robots and create social values.” Han plans to focus on three main topics in robotics; humanoid robots, HRI and disaster inspection robots for the short term. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park Yong-min

2017-08 14

[Student]Spreading Awareness Through Entertainment (1)

A team named Game In Love (G.I.L) won the 2nd place in the Contest for the Good by Prudential Foundation of Korea recently. News H met the team leader Jung-woo Jin (Culture Contents, 4th year) and one of the team members Park Myung-yong (Culture Contents, 4th year) to hear about the details and motives that made such result possible. Team G.I.L is receiving their award from the Prudential Foundation. From the left, Myung-yong Park (Culture Contents, 4th year), Jung-woo Jin (Culture Contents, 4th year), Ho-suk Yang (Culture Contents, 4th year), and Dong-hyuk Kang (Computer Science,3rd year). (Photo courtesy of Jin.) Have you ever heard of hematopoietic stem cell before? This is the question both Jin and Park has been repeating on and off line for the past 4 months. To raise awareness of hematopoietic stem cell donation and change the common perception that the process must hurt, the G.I.L team went through a lot. After spending 14 days in Jeju just to complete the proposal and to present it in front of the executive members of Prudential Foundation, the G.I.L team made it to the top 10%. Then they had to carry out their actual plans such as developing mobile games or organizing offline campaigns. “We were very hurt when people think we are a bunch of weirdos asking for blood donation,” said Park, thinking back of the offline campaign in Sinchon. The G.I.L team also went to Hanyang ERICA Campus, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Hyupsung University during the festival season in May. Thankfully, many students were interested in the offline games they had in the booth and gladly joined their campaigns. “I still remember that there were a lot of people willing to register as a donor without any prize” reminisced Jin. Through such hard work, the team was able to have 191 people register as donors and make countless people aware of the patients looking for the 0.00005% chance of finding a matching donor. The G.I.L team is running its offline campaign on ERICA Campus. (Photo courtesy of Park) Changing the world slowly yet surely through games “I know it may sound cheesy and even absurd, but that is my motto.” Said Jin, proudly. After graduating Korea Game Science Highschool and coming to Department of Culture Contents, Jin naturally grew interest in social issues due to the geographic location of ERICA Campus. “I wanted to learn more and even solve the social problems through games because that is what I can do,” explained Jin. He is now working as an intern in a welfare foundation to pursue his roadmap. While offline campaigns definitely improved the general public’s awareness of the hematopoietic stem cell and the donation of it, the team’s main focus was an online game called ‘cell in love’. The player must solve mini quizzes to acquire ‘seeds’ to play the actual game, and if the player gets one quiz wrong, they must read related information on hematopoietic stem cell donation. This might look like one of the ‘educational mobile games’ which are in most cases nothing more than a digitized book in disguise, ‘cell in love’ is actually fun and even a bit addictive to play. As an adorable hematopoietic stem cell, a player has to go through cholesterols in blood veins and reach the girl who is waiting for the player’s donation. From the left, the main page, quiz page, study page, and game play page of ‘cell in love’. The game is available on google play store. Unlike Jin who had passion in social issues and resolving them, Park initially had not had much interest in such issues. “At the moment I was off school, I was looking for some experience. That was all,” said Park. However, a four-month long journey made him acknowledge that doing what one can do to make the life of others better and happier can be fun and inspiring, more than he initially thought it would be. “Now we both feel thankful that we can help others with my not-too-great talents,” said Park. Jin and Park now plans to work on various social issues in the future, utilizing games. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-08 07

[Alumni]Engineer Publishing a Dictionary

Living in a country where you do not speak the language can be one of the most challenging things in the world. There is a proud Hanyangian who overcame the difficulty and even made a dictionary of the foreign language. Kim Woo-taek (Department of Automotive Engineering, '02) published ‘Cambodian-Korean- English Korean-Cambodian- English Dictionary’ which contains more than 40,000 vocabularies in September 2014. First person in the world to publish Korean-Cambodian dictionary “I never dared to make a dictionary from the beginning,” said Kim. Coming to Cambodia without speaking the language, he had to study hard to communicate with the locals. As private education was not an option at the moment, Kim chose to learn the language by himself and started reading newspapers. Kim symbolized the letters in his head while reading the paper. “I still get some pronunciations wrong because I learned the langauge through reading”, reminisced Kim. After a while, he was able to read documents without having to look for dictionaries. He kept notes on the vocabularies he does not know while studying in such way, and his notes became a valuable asset in publishing the dictionary. Kim and his wife, Som Sopheap is holding Kim's three publications. (Photo courtesy of Kim) One day, he wanted to make a good use of all the data he has. He visited every bookstore in Cambodia and bought 20 dictionaries, then typed them page by page for four years. It took much longer than his initial estimation, but with passion he invested his nights in the work. For a person who has no professional background knowledge, it was not easy to match Korean and Cambodian dictionaries with the accurate nuances. One of the most arduous works in the progress was writing pronunciations of Cambodian words in Korean because the two languages are phonetically different. Kim and his friend are standing infront of a church in Kampot, Cambodia. (Photo courtesy of Kim) ខ្ញុំស្រឡាញ់អ្នកកម្ពុជា។ (I Love you, Cambodia!) As an answer to the question ‘Who helped the most in publishing the dictionary?’, Kim told it was his wife without any hesitation. Kim’s wife, Som pronounced the words and edited the dictionary with Kim for about a year. “She helped me with all the hard works,” said Kim. It is not only his wife he loves about Cambodia. Kim explained the country as the place where you “give and help, instead of fight and win”. Leading a happy life being his utmost goal, he has been living in the country since January of 2009. From the love of the country, Kim published three other books ‘Cambodia Tour Guidebook (2005)’, ‘Cambodian Tourist Attractions Through The Lens (2017)’, and ‘Guidebook on Cambodian Agriculture (2014)’. His publications are popular in both countries, and the dictionary is considered as a must-have among Koreans in Cambodia, and Cambodians who are aiming to get a job in Korea. Transferring agricultural technology While running a tourism business in Phnom Penh, Kim is also keeping himself busy with KOPIA (Korea Program on International Agriculture). He works as a PR agent in the organization, transferring advanced Korean agricultural technology to Cambodia. Also, under KOPIA, Kim operates Cambodia Agriculture Information Center. “I am happy that there is something to do and someone who needs me” said Kim. As an engineer, CEO, husband, PR agent and publisher, Kim blueprints a future where he can be a bridge between Korean and Cambodian agriculture. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-07 19

[Student]Early Bird Catches the Market

There is an old saying “early bird catches the worm”. In this case, the early bird caught the market of software education. Son Jin-ho (Department of Mechanical Engineering, 3rd yr) and his company Algorithm LABS was selected in one of the forty college start-ups by Hankyung’s Campus Job and Joy magazine. Focusing on Algorithm leading into successful results “I have never made it to the ranks for seven years in the regionals. I barely won the encouragement award. People like me are called ‘encouraged-ever-afters’,” chuckled Son. In 2002 when he began studying algorithm, there were not so many people studying the subject. Until he won the second prize ranking 13th in Korea Olympiad in Informatics, he never considered himself as elite in Algorithm. Even after coming to college, his GPA was never summa cum laude level. But the reason behind his recent success was focusing on one road. A professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering was looking for someone who could analyze data in his company, and Son opened his office door, trying to consult on his GPA. Son was scouted to the company as an intern, where all other employees had Ph.D. or equivalent level of education. Prior to the internship, he never knew where algorithms are used for. Through further experience in Samsung Membership program and more, he began to realize there is a demand in the market of algorithm experts. "Knowing that the education we provide will open many doors for the students motivates me the most" said Son, reminding of his students. Young CEO revolutionizing the way of software education Being taught how to program and construct the algorithm for as long as a decade, Son always thought the quality of education depends too much on the ability of individual instructors. The size of the class was too big for the teachers to give enough feedback to students, and the traditional method of education was highly passive and inefficient. Also, most of the institutions taught only coding, which does not meet the needs of the society. Therefore, Son came up with a system called ‘Flipped Learning’, which was designed to literally ‘flipp' the way of learning. Students study the rudimental concepts via online platform resembling MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and come to class no bigger than five to actually practice what they have learned already. This process enables students to freely ask questions and receives active feedback from the instructor. As algorithm questions tend to be highly complicated and require at least three hours to solve one, Son thought such style of learning would suit the condition of software education better. Son believes Flipped Learning is much more effective for the learners to completely understand and utilize what they have learned. “Students learned algorithm in this particular method for only four to five months are now winning the Korea Olympiad of Informatics.” says Son, proudly. Son is promoting his curriculum to students and parents in a classroom. (Photo courtesy to Son) Software education market’s wing beneath the wind of public education As the importance of coding and algorithm education is being emphasized now more than ever, Algorithm LABS provide a full package of original contents and platform. Attracting customers both in private and public sectors, Algorithm LABS seems like it is going to grow more in the coming year. Software subject will now substitute the Informatics subject in middle school and high school curriculum in Korea. Elementary school students will also be learn computer software starting 2019. “For the rest of the year, expanding our influence is our top priority” said Son. As a long-term goal, Son expects Algorithm LABS to provide full online courses and to even reach to the overseas market such as Vietnam “We’re still building our references,” said Son. Slow but steady, with a plausible goal and focus was how Son became the person who he is now and the way Algorithm LABS will grow further. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju