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2020-05 22

[Alumni][Attention, Hanyangians!] Alumni Lee Young-kyu Chairman of Welcron Group Becomes a K-Quarantine Leader

Lee Young-kyu, chairman of Welcron Group, a medium-sized company that maintains technical skills in functional material fields such as microfiber, is a matchmaker. He transformed the crises which others said were difficult, the 1997 and 2008 financial crises, into opportunities by making aggressive investments. As a result, Welcron, which started as an industrial textile company, now has Welcron Healthcare and Welcron Hantec under its wing, with last year’s sales reaching 391.9 billion won. ▲ Alumni Lee Young-kyu poses in an interview with Maeil Business Newspaper (Photo by:Maeil Business Newspaper) Lee graduated from Hanyang University's Department of Organic and Nano Engineering in 1992 and started his business. While he was working at his second job at Yakjin Trading Corporation after the Tong Yang Nylon Corporation, his participation at the Japanese textile product exhibition served as momentum. Seeing that microfiber was only being used to create high-end textiles, he proposed using it as a cleaning cloth. He thought “the added value would be great if I make cleaning tools such as mops and dishcloths with microfiber.” Lee focused on the added value of the commercial microfiber field from the start of his business and devoted on developing microfiber post-processing technology. As a consequence, he created a highly absorbent composite material that has better absorption and cleaning power than ordinary fabrics, and which has become acknowledged as an environmentally friendly product across Europe. However, all of a sudden, the IMF financial crisis broke out. Lee went to the bank before the financial crisis . “We decided to export the microfiber cleaner to Germany and Sweden” and asked the bank to “lend us money to build factories and buy machines as we wanted to handle all of our customers' orders.” Even the company faculties said it wouldn’t work, but after persistent persuasion, they were able to borrow 350 million won. Thanks to the money to buy factories and handling all the orders from foreign countries, their sales tripled from 2.8 billion won in 1997 to 8.8 billion won in 1998. The second crisis came along with the 2008 global financial crisis. As the global economy stagnated and exports decline, Lee turned his eyes to domestic markets and concentrated on developing bedding products using microfiber. In his interview on May 17 with Maeil Business Newspaper, he said that “60% of current sales of Welcron is from the bedding and living industry sectors” and that “We would have stayed at as a small and medium-sized company if we hadn’t taken on new challenges at the time.” Also, he added that “Our company has grown during the two crises” and showed confidence that “We also see a possibility in COVID-19.” Verifying his statement, Welcron’s living business sector has been slowing down due to the aftermath of COVID-19, but the meltblown felt, which is the core material for mask filters, and their masks are playing an important role. The amount of production of the meltblown felt rose to 50t per month. In the past, Welcron has had a history of success in developing a KF94 level mask filter that was accredited by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety by developing a HEPA filter through the meltblown complex radiation construction method in 2008. Lee said that “The mask factory production line located in Bucheon is now producing 1.2 million masks per month, and we are planning to add one more production line by the end of this month” and that “If we have a chance, I would like to export masks around the world and play a role in promoting the "K-Quarantine." Currently, Lee is focusing on expanding the business scope by using the material business as the next growh engine, including the high-efficiency filter projects using the meltblown method and defense projects using composite materials. Lee showed his will by saying that “the defense industry is growing five times the size of its plant located in Gimhae,” and that “We will start various material industries such as multi-material applied products and PTFE artificial vascular tubes in the coming future.” Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-05 19

[Alumni][Attention, Hanyangians!] Having Applied for 1,000 Patents over 23 Years, Kim Dong-won's Inventions Continue

▲ Kim Dong-won Alumnus Kim Dong-won, Hanyang alumnus and Director of the H&A Based Research Lab of LG Electronics has applied for 1,000 patents over the past 23 years. He is also the person who developed the clothing quality caring appliance, the Styler, and a laundry machine called the Twin Wash that has a combination of a drum washer and a top-loader washer. Kim received the Invention King of the Year award in 2019, which is the highest honor among all engineers, for the achievements that he has made in developing industrial competency. Kim graduated from Hanyang University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, finished his masters and doctorate at KAIST, and entered LG Electronics in 1996. Rather than studying pure academics, he wanted to use the knowledge that he acquired and provide an easier life for people through the creation of new products. The first team that he was assigned to was a group that was developing clothing equipment such as washing machines and dryers, which allowed him to focus on clothing-related home appliances for the next 20 years. The Styler that he developed came from a thought about how to make fewer visits to the cleaners. Considering that people could reduce the daily inconvenience of going to the cleaners and then having to return to pick up their clothing, he researched at least 5~6 times a day, and sometimes up to 10 times. After 9 years of research, the Styler was released in 2011. While in the beginning, its selling profit was not very high, in the end, it created a new market called "clothing quality caring appliances" and reached its highest selling volume in February. Moreover, Kim is also the developer of the Twin Wash, a laundry machine that has a combination of both drum washer and top-loader washer. The Twin Wash was a great success, recording 10 thousand sales within just 12 weeks. There have been more than 1,000 patents including the Styler and the Twin Wash, both of which he applied for after entering LG Electronics. On average, Kim has applied for a new patent every week. His numerous inventions led him to receive the the Invention King of the Year award. This award is only given once a year to one inventor that has highly contributed to industrial development and national competency through technology development, and is considered the greatest honor among all engineers. Then, what is the secret to his inventing skills? At an interview with the Seoul Press on May 5th, Kim mentioned that "every time I want to give up, I ask myself whether the product that I am working on truly holds value from the perspective of customers." He added that "while asking myself this question over and over, I come up with the confidence that I can provide customers with better benefits and values." He also mentioned that "I also tell my younger co-workers that if they are confident that a product will be valuable to customers, then they should not give up on it despite the difficult process." Kim still does not know the word "pause." "Washing and drying clothing is one of the most tedious house chores," Kim continued, "but I want to persist in developing clothing-related appliances so that they can help reduce the working hours inside the house and make the chores more convenient so that customers can use their time more valuably." He also mentioned that he is "planning to create an appliance that can create a brand new field of demand in kitchen appliances, which can be called 'the 2nd Styler.'" Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-04 07

[Alumni]The World's First 'Bloodless needle' by Alumnus Shin Mi-kyung

Alumnus Shin Mi-kyung (Divison of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering,'07), who won the 2020 L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for developing the world’s first 'bloodless needle,' was cheered on by her female juniors through a media interview. Shin developed the world’s first bloodless needle by using coating technology with mussel mimicry adhesive hemostatic polymers. Anyone who gets an injection will bleed, but it can be dangerous for patients with hemophilia or diabetes, and children whose bodies perform hemostasis poorly. If they use this needle, their bodies will be able to stop the bleeding effectively. While taking a Ph.D. course at KAIST, Shin thought of a substance that would stay on the needle when getting an injection but help to block the skin injury when taking out the needle. She coated the needle point with keto aid, which contains catecholamine in mussels, a bioadhesive agent. After repeated daily experiments, in 2016, she completed the world’s first bloodless needle by finding the optimal time for the polymer to properly coagulate and coat the needle. Subsequent research is currently underway for commercialization. Shin is a rising scholar in the medical materials field. In February, she won the 22nd L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science (International Rising Talent). It is an award given to 15 rising female scientists who have made outstanding research achievements or engaged in high-publicity activities. In 2018, she won the 17th Korean L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Sciences fellowship, which is a domestic award given by L’Oreal Korea and the UNESCO Korean Committee. Shin is paying attention to medical innovations using natural resources. She said that she wants to develop effective materials that can be used right away by doctors working in the field. She is currently striving to develop various adhesive biomaterials using plants. Tannin, an ingredient that produces bitter tastes in fruit peels and seeds, is one of them. In an interview with the Dong-a Daily, Shin recalled the fact that a female student from another major came to her and said that she realized that a woman can become a professor in the engineering department and thus had hope for herself. Shin said , "There aren’t many female experts in the science and engineering field yet," but that “I hope this will be a great motivational opportunity for my juniors at Hanyang." Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr

2020-03 19

[Alumni][COVID-19] Beating COVID-19 with a "Happy Virus" from the love of colleagues

While various activities are subsiding due to the impact of COVID-19, the Hanyang University class of ‘87 is delivering warmth through gift giving. On March 14th, a message was posted in the class of '87 Band (an online community) regarding the gift sharing event. The chairman of the alumni association, Han Ki-soo, would be sending presents to his colleagues. Healthy foods will be delivered to applicants who are going through hard times due to COVID-19. They also gave options such as a strawberry jam set, a Jeju hallabong set, and a Jeju natural herb set. The presents are more meaningful in that they are all products that are sold by alumni, and they are intended to help economic growth during the difficult situation. As of the 17th, three days after the notice was posted, the applicants exceeded 500. The announcement received grateful and inspiring comments such as “I think it will get rid of the stuffy and difficult feeling right away,” and “The class of ’87 organization is great.” ▲Han Ki-soo, the president of the alumni association of class of ‘87 Han Ki-soo, the chairman of the alumni association of class of ’87, who prepared this surprise gift said that “Because of COVID-19, planned alumni events have been reduced or canceled, and private gatherings of alumni intended to change the mood of the situation also have to be refrained from”, and added that “although it is not a fundamental solution, I hope that it will help us overcome the regrets and depression that the alumni can’t see often.” . Meanwhile, the alumni association of the class of ’87, sent masks by post three times to their colleagues who are residing in the Daegu and North Gyeongsang province, by launching a campaign to send masks around mid-February to February 29th. For this to happen, lots of alumni participated in the mission to supply and send masks and have been cited as an example of an active alumni association management using an online community to rapidly gather applicants. ▲ Masks were delivered to alumni in Daegu and Northern Gyeongsang province through the post office (photo by the class of ’87 alumni association). Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr

2020-03 17

[Alumni][COVID-19] Drive-Through virus test method suggested by Kim Jin-yong, alumnus of the Graduate School of Public Health

While Korea’s response to the Corona virus is the focus of attention worldwide, it was confirmed that the medical faculty who proposed the drive-through method that enables virus testing inside cars is an alumnus of Hanyang University Graduate School of Public Health. Kim Jin-yong, director of infectious internal medicine at Incheon Medical Center, was in charge of treating the first confirmed patient of COVID-19. Director Kim is also from the first graduating class of the Hanyang University Graduate School of Public Health upon it’s opening. Kim's major is in the field of medical science and health statistics. According to an article by the Hankook Daily on February 27, Chilgok Gyeongbuk National University Hospital first installed the container on February 23 and introduced the drive-through screening clinic before other districts. This started from his proposal at a conference to "Create selective clinics in a wide playground to protect the safety of both patients and medical staff while increasing the speed of examination and medical care." The installation is known to have been set up after Kwon Ki-tae, a professor of infectious internal medicine at Chilgok Gyeongbuk National University Hospital, heard about the idea and proceeded an internal discussion. Meanwhile, the number of drive-through method screening clinics nationwide reached 70 as of March 16. Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr

2019-12 20

[Alumni]Alumni Lee Hong-gi and Hwang Young-woo received ‘Grand Prize’ by the School of Business Alumni Association

The Hanyang University School of Business alumni association is hosting an awards ceremony on the 19th. The Hanyang University School of Business hosts the School of Business alumni association's ‘Businessman’s Night’ event on December 19th, in commemoration of the 60 year anniversary. The School of Business rewards not only graduates from Hanyang University, but all innovative leaders who have contributed to the growth of domestic industries. At this event, Lee Hong-gi, the CEO of the Goldline Group and Hwang Young-woo, the CEO of On The River, received the businessmen award. The Goldline Group, which leads the global logistics and equipment industry, is the first company in Korea to win the Ministry of Knowledge Economy’s certification of logistics standard facilities for manufacturing various materials of logistics equipment products. It started its business in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province in 1989 and has now grown into an international company that produces products in 4 Korean cities and exports them to more than 20 countries. Lee Hong-gi, chairman of the Goldline Group, is also known for leading the Goldline Group and investing in culture. He won the "Korea Art Mecena Award" in 2017 and has provided support for artists by setting up galleries near the headquarters of the Goldline Group. He is also paying keen attention to the sports sector, taking the role as the head of the International Federation of Trade Unions. In addition, On The River, a corporation that started as a clothing shopping mall, stood out in the online commerce sector by entering as a large department store and being selected as an excellent company in the social commerce sector. It formally established a corporation in 2015 and has continued its big growth the following year by winning the premium brand grand prize chosen by female consumers and selling more than 10 billion won in sales. CEO Hwang Young-woo did not stop here and established ‘Allrego Soft,’ and he provided a solution to automatically manage out of stock products by connecting an automatic image fusion formation program and inventory that various shopping malls besides ‘On the river’ can utilize. He developed the B2B platform and cultivated a large platform that has attracted over 1,400 company memberships. The Hanyang University School of Business alumni association commented, “We always reward the Business grand award through the Hanyang University School of Business alumni association each year, but this year’s business grand award is more meaningful in that it is the 60 years anniversary of the School of Business.” They expressed their enthusiasm to present an exemplary business model and excavate excellent businessmen who graduated from the Hanyang University School of Business. Global News Team Translation by: Kim Hyun-soo global@hanyang.ac.kr

2019-12 19

[Alumni]ERICA 87 Graduates Classmates Host 2019 Year-end Party

ERICA 87 Graduate classmates hosted a 2019 year-end party. 87 graduates held the year-end party at Scalatium, Gangnam on the 14th of December.

2019-12 18

[Alumni]President Kim Visits Alumni in North America and the Hanyang International Foundation Assembly

President Kim Woo-seung attended the year-end party and the general assembly of the Hanyang International Foundation for four nights and five days from November 29th to December 3rd. The trip was accompanied by President Kim Woo-seung, Oh Seong-geun, the head of the Office of External Affairs and Development, and Kim Jong-hoon, the manager of the Office of External Affairs and Development. On Saturday, November 30th during an agreement ceremony, Min Hye-kyung (Food & Nutrition, Class of ‘72) donated 10,000 USD and Hwang Gyu-bin (Electrical Engineering, Class of ‘58) donated 2 million USD to Hanyang University. On December 1st, a time to talk and cheer international alumni was prepared at the year-end party. Meanwhile, during the trip, President Kim Woo-seung attended the annual meeting of the Hanyang International Foundation held in San Francisco to discuss ways to discover new alumni branches in the Americas and manage the foundation. ▲ Participants are taking a group photo at the ‘2019 North America Alumni Year-End Party.’ ▲ President Kim and the officials of the Hanyang International Foundation Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr

2019-07 31

[Alumni]President Kim Woo-seung Visits Alumni Companies in Gyeongsang Province

President Kim Woo-seung vised alumni companies in Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday July 10th. On this day, the Dean of the Office of External Affairs and Development Oh Sung-geun, Vice Dean of the Office of External Affairs and Development Ahn Jong-gil, the head of the Secretary Team Kim Seung-joo, and the section chief of the Office of External Affairs and Development Lee Soo-yong were traveling with the president. First, the group visited Hanmaum Changwon Hospital and took a look around the construction site of the Hanmaeum International Medical Center. Afterwards, there was a luncheon, which the chairman of the board Ha Choong-sik and the director of the hospital Park Seong-soo (Emeritus Professor of the Department of Medicine) attended, along with the visiting group from Hanyang University. ▲Officials of Hanmaeum Changwon Hospital and President Kim Woo-seung (fifth from the right) and the visiting group from Hanyang University are taking a commemorative photograph. In the afternoon, the group visited President Ha Sung-sik (Department of Mechanical Engineering, '71) of HANKOOK Steel & Mill Co.,Ltd, visiting the factory and the chairman's office for tea time. ▲ Officials of HANKOOK Steel & Mill Co.,Ltd, and the visiting group from Hanyang University are taking a commemorative photograph. The group also visited the Korea Institute of Materials Science, guided by the chief Lee Jung-hwan (Department of Precision Mechanical Engineering, '76) and the vice chief Kim Do-guen (Department of Metal Engineering, '91) and other officials on a tour of the research laboratory. ▲ President Kim Woo-seung (fourth from the left) and the officials of the Korea Institute of Materials Science are taking a commemorative photograph. During the second half of the trip, after the visits to alumni companies, a banquet was held at the Chinese Hall of the Changwon Hotel for the executives of the alumni association of Gyeongsang Province. At the banquet, the visiting group from Hanyang University, the CEO of Kyung Nam Metal Park Soo-hyun (Department of Metal Engineering, '70), the president of Union Kang Dae-chang (Department of Civil Engineering, '66), the president of Central Kang Tae-ryong (Department of Business Administration, '66), the president of HANKOOK Steel & Mill Co., Ltd Ha Sung-sik (Department of Mechanical Engineering, '71), the chief of the Korea Institute of Materials Science Lee Jung-hwan (Department of Precision Mechanical Engineering, '76), the vice chief Kim Do-guen (Department of Metal Engineering, '91), and a member of Hanyang Development Supporting Committee Jung Oh-gyun (Department of Law, '83) were present. ▲ A banquet was held for the executives of the alumni association of Gyeongsang Province at the Chinese Hall of the Changwon Hotel. Translated by Jeon Chae-yun global@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-09 04

[Alumni]Hanyang University Hosted a 'U.S. Southern California Alumni Invitation Dinner'

Hanyang University President Lee Young-moo invited the alumni of Hanyang University who are currently living in the Southern California region of the U.S. to a dinner at the Yongsusan Restaurant located in the Los Angeles, Korea town neighborhood on August the 24th. This dinner was designed as a place to discuss the '2018 World Hanyang-in Meeting' event which will be held in Los Angeles from October 18th to the 21st as well as to share wishes to enter world top 100 universities in 2039, the 100th anniversary of Hanyang. ▲'The U.S. Southern California Hanyang Alumni Invitation Dinner convenes.' (image from the Yongsusan Restaurant in LA Koreatown) ▲Hanyang University President Lee Young-moo (Front row, fourth from the left) and the university alumni pose for commemorative photos of the event. (Photo=LA Joongang Daily)

2018-05 02

[Alumni]JTBC Reporter Yang Won-bo

Each year, hundreds of people prepare for the press examination as well as interviews to become reporters. Passing the whole process for each broadcasting company is such an arduous journey that people even refer to it as a type of state level examination. Yang Won-bo (Political Science and International Studies, ’04) is a JTBC political journalist of 13 years who overcame the challenge and is currently living his dream as a reporter. How it all started “Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to become a newspaper reporter. I started working for The Segye Times, a Korean newspaper company, in 2005, and for 13 years I’ve been working as a political journalist.” During those 13 years, Yang was also scouted by the JoongAng Ilbo, which is one of Korea’s three biggest newspaper companies. Now he is proudly working as a political journalist at JTBC, a broadcasting company which is also part of the JoongAng Ilbo’s cable TV network. “I always pictured myself going to the Blue House and interviewing people,” said Yang. Yang admits that becoming a news reporter was quite hard. Not only is the press examination itself a gruesome process, but even after you pass the exam, you won’t make it if you fail to appeal to the head of the broadcasting company. It is quite common to see someone who got rejected by one broadcasting company become a reporter in another. Luckily for Yang, he was able to get through the whole process within a year after graduating. Working as a broadcast journalist Yang worked as a newspaper reporter for six years. It was only after he started working at JTBC in 2013, that he became a political broadcast journalist. According to Yang, even though both professions are refered to as “journalist” or “reporter,” they are two completely different jobs. It took Yang by surprise when he was told to write a short article based on a phone call soon after he became a broadcast journalist. In his previous job, all articles were based on the number of manuscript pages. “I found out later on that I was only supposed to write a few sentences. In a way, it baffled me because I always thought that writing was an essential part of being a reporter. Only after I started working and gained more experience as a broadcast reporter did I realize that it is a respectable job as it requires you to really think like a TV program producer, picturing every single scenario possible when reporting on an issue.” Yang also emphasized how crucial it was not to make any news bloopers and to be prepared for all kinds of situations in order to properly and promptly deliver the message to viewers. He recalled last year’s Gyeongju earthquake incident, and he described how anchor Son, JTBC’s main anchor, was able to deliver the news on the spot without any preparation while it took much longer for other broadcasting companies to finally make a report. Yang ready to report in the JTBC newsroom (Photo courtesy of Yang) Unforgettable moments When asked about an unforgettable moment as a reporter, Yang right away picked the “Choi Sun-shil incident.” Yang believes that journalism is all about withstanding strong pressure. “The reason why I respect anchor Son so much is because he persevered through all the internal and external pressure that former President Park Geun-hye gave him to get him off the case. October 24th, 2016 was the historical day that JTBC reported about Choi’s tablet PC incident, which worked as a trigger leading to the impeachment of former President Park.” He recalled how that night, all the political journalists stayed up all night, anxiously waiting for a response from the Blue House. The next day, late in the afternoon, former President Park finally made an official apology, admitting her relation to Choi. This is the only case where a news report alone acted as a strong trigger to actually bring down a powerful authority. Of course, working as a journalist does not always carry benefits. According to Yang, there are times when you have to report a certain issue that involves someone you know. When you have to criticize them, it ruins your relationship with that person, and most of the time it is unamendable. This also happened to Yang, but he stood his ground as it is a journalist’s job to deliver facts and not get swayed by personal emotions. “I strongly believe that it is crucial for a journalist to remain unswayed by dichotomous logic and to take on the watchdog role of keeping authority in check,” said Yang. He ended the interview expressing a hope that there are more Hanyang students challenging themselves and not giving up on becoming journalists, as it is a job people can be proud of. Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myeong

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 pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr