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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 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 Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-05 18

[Event][Photo] Hanyang University Holds its 81st Anniversary Founding Ceremony … Participates in the “Thank You Challenge”

On May 15th, a ceremony marking the university’s 81st anniversary was held at Paiknam Music Hall. This event was held on a small scale, with only a small number of people attending to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although the event was simplified due to the virus, all participants added significant meaning to the meeting by taking part in the “Thank You Challenge” to express their gratitude and support to the medical personnel who are struggling on the frontlines against the COVID-19 virus. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo

2020-05 18

[Event][Photo] Track and Field Construction Completion Ceremony

On May 15th, University's 81st anniversary, the ceremony for the completion of the Track and Field Artificial Turf Stadium and the Underground Parking Lot was held. Due to rain, the ceremony took place on the box seats and the completion was celebrated through the cutting ceremony and commemoration planting. The construction of the track and field took one and a half years, starting from November 2018. The artificial turf stadium that meets international standards with a width of 100 m and length of 68 m was constructed at ground level, along with two basketball courts, a jogging track, and fitness equipment around the stadium. Underneath, two underground floors of a parking lot were established with a capacity to hold up to 863 vehicles. The parking lot also has electric car charging stations and parking spaces for female drivers. Around the parking lot, 49 locations will be provided to students for the use of student clubs. Considering mobility difficulties, an elevator tower that connects directly to Paiknam Music Hall and the underground road to the FTC building were also constructed. The total ground area of the track and field and the parking lot is over 30,000 ㎡. Meanwhile, the Office of Facilities Management has solved the problem of a lack of parking spaces with this construction project. The office is planning to prevent access to vehicles in certain areas and create more green spaces on campus for students to be able to enjoy a safer and more comfortable campus. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-05 12

[Infographics][Statistics] Seoul Campus 2020 Spring Semester, A Total of 22,786 Students Registered

The status of the enrolled students of Seoul campus as of April 1, 2020 has been announced. With the number of students that are currently enrolled at 15,710 and 6,015 students on a leave of absence, a total of 22,786 students were found to be registered. According to the Office of Academic Affairs at Seoul campus, out of the total number of 22,786 registered students, 68.9% are currently enrolled for a total of 15,710 students. There are 6,015 students on a leave of absence, and 1,061 students who have delayed their graduation. The ratio between male and female students was 63 to 37. The statistics according to each department shows that the College of Engineering had the most enrolled students with 5,636 students. It was followed by the School of Business with 1,715 students, and the College of Social Sciences with 1,009 students. The School of Intelligence only has 18 enrolled students, as it accepted its first round of new students just this year. The College of Medicine had the fewest students who were on a leave of absence with 25 students. By looking at the number of enrolled students in each major, the Division of Business Administration had the most with 1,494 students, followed by the Division of Mechanical Engineering (874 students), and the Division of Economics & Finance (710 students). Excluding the Major in Computer (1 Senior Student) and the newly established Department of Data Sciences (18 students), the Department of Composition had the lowest number of enrolled students with 51 students. By year, the ratio of enrolled students was around 25%, and the ratio of Freshmen to Senior students was not much different, but the number of students on a leave of absence tended to lean towards Sophomores with 33.1% and Juniors with 32%. Additionally, the 85 students enrolled in Grade 5 are from the Department of Architecture at the College of Engineering. In terms of the ratio of male to female students by each college, the School of Nursing has 29 male students and 232 female students with the ratio of male students being lower than 0.13 for each female student. On the contrary, the College of Engineering has 4,368 male students and 1,268 female students with a ratio of 3.44. The ratio based on the total number of students is 1.39. According to the overall ratio of male to female students enrolled at the university, the ratio is from 63:37, while the ratio of students on a leave of absence is 77:23, with the ratio of male students taking a leave of absence being very high compared to the female students. When referring to the official reasons for the male students’ leaves of absence, while 51.6% of them took a general leave of absence, 46.4% of the male students took a leave of absence to enlist in the military. Hanyang Wiki:재적생현황/2020-1 Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo

2020-05 04 Important News

[Academics][Researcher of the Month] From Seawater to Fresh Water

Droughts and water shortages are serious global threats. However, many technical developments are in progress to resolve these problems, and one of them is desalination. Desalination is the process of separating the salt in seawater from the water in order to get usable fresh water. However, the currently available technologies have the problem of sustainability, for they require fossil fuel and costly factories to be constructed. To suggest an alternative, Professor Kwak Rho-kyun (Department of Mechanical Engineering) is researching electro-membrane desalination. Professor Kwak Rho-kyun (Department of Mechanical Engineering) has been working on the topic of electro-membrane desalination for 10 years. Electro-membrane desalination uses the division of positive ion and negative ion when salt dissolves in water. The positive and negative ions are drawn to each pole when voltage is applied. Intersecting the membrane that makes each ion between electrodes pass through, called the exchange membrane of positive and negative ions, salt ions can be collected and removed. What is left is fresh water with the saline ions removed. Kwak has been working on the topic for 10 years, since he was a doctoral student. He said he first began his research inspired by the idea from his Ph.D. advisor that the unusual migration phenomenon of biomaterials such as DNA and ions would also occur in the electric membrane desalination system. His first goal was building a system of electro-membrane desalination to check whether the migration of biomaterials such as DNA and ions appear in the system of electro-membrane desalination, and visualizing the migration of the ions inside. Based on the visualization research, Kwak studied various subjects such as improving the efficiency of existing desalination devices and of treating the produced water. Kwak expressed special gratitude toward his graduate students who have helped him throughout the research process. Kwak said the significance of the study lies in that it developed a promising futuristic desalination technology, enabling Korea to become a global powerhouse to solve the future water shortage problem. Kwak’s innovative research has been highly acknowledged, introduced in journals like PRL and JOFM and others on the topics of desalination and water research. Kwak also expressed gratitude toward his graduate school students who have helped him throughout the research process. “I really want to thank my students. Their hard work was what made it possible to achieve such good research results,” said Kwak. Hwang Hee-won

2020-05 04

[General][Photo] Track and Field, Three Weeks Until its Completion

On April 28, we checked on the track and field which is in the final stage of its construction process. The completion ceremony of the field will be held on May 15. ▲ A photo of the track and field taken by a drone. Along with the artificial turf, the school logos, and English letters are clearly visible. ▲ Looking at the track and field from the FTC ▲ Looking at the track and field from the stands ▲ Many underground spaces are in the final stage of construction. ▲ Parking lots have been built underground. ▲ Underground spaces have been built under the ground field. ▲ Going to the track and field is possible by taking the elevator on the side of the Paiknam Music Hall Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-05 03

[Academics][Excellent R&D] How Data Science Connects with Society

Data science is the use of the scientific method to obtain useful information from computer data. As it gives new insights into a vast amount of data, there exists an interdisciplinary approach in social science to compensate for what they might have missed through traditional methods with data science. Professor Cha Jae-hyuk (Division of Computer Science and Engineering) developed a platform that accelerates the convergence of the two disciplines. Professor Cha Jaehyuk (Division of Computer Science and Engineering) established a platform that merges data science with social science. Data science is expected to bring about a new horizon in social science as social issues are becoming more complex. “We are now in a hyper-connected society where small changes bring about significant ripple effects,” explained Cha. Traditional social research methods could easily result in biases as they rely on surveys which only take a small amount of data into consideration. Cha expects computational social science to contribute to the analysis of potential risk factors and to establish sustainable policies for vulnerable, multi-dimensional social issues. Cha is currently working to build a platform that integrates data science into social science. The platform consists of three subgroups that make social models through continuous monitoring and data collection. One deals with societal anxiety through analysis of social networking, whereas another group covers disability rights in relation to social mobility. The third digs deeper into public health issues, especially related to infectious disease control. Cha’s role is the general management of the platform. He added that the research is mainly done in association with seven social scientists and nine data scientists. There are the three subgroups which researchers use to create social models through monitoring and data analysis. (Photo courtesy of the Computational Social Science Center) Cha highlighted the importance of the platform as a channel for conversation. “Interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches open the way into problems that are difficult to address through the methods of traditional disciplines,” said Cha. This platform lets researchers from two disciplines share the outcomes and objectives of the study through visualization. Cha also revealed his plans as a director of the Computational Social Science Center. “I have seen researchers struggling due to academic barriers between the two disciplines,” said the director. Cha expects to foster interdisciplinarians who grasps the essentials of both data science and social science and can bridge the gap between the two fields of study. A breakthrough occurs when we bring down boundaries and encourage disciplines to learn from each other. Cha is opening the way to the resolution of social issues through the convergence of data science and social science. Oh Kyu-jin

2020-04 28
2020-04 23

[Policy]ERICA Campus Provides ‘BS-Care’ Scholarship to Motivate Students to Score Higher for the Basic Science Subjects

As part of the University Innovation Support Project, ERICA campus’ Academic Service Team revealed on the 20th that they will be providing a small amount of scholarship to freshmen and sophomore students that have improved their letter grades from C+ or lower as of 2019 to B0 or higher in the basic science subjects. The ‘BS-Care’ scholarship was enforced in order to motivate the students to improve their basic science subject grades in a short amount of time and to also increase the students’ learning capacity for other subjects in their major. The ‘BS-Care’ scholarship’s registration period will last from April 27th (Monday) to May 10th (Sunday). Possible recipients for this scholarship are the freshmen and sophomore students that are enrolled at the university from 2020 Spring semester to the Summer school (August) period that already have a letter grade C+ or lower and are re-taking the courses ‘Differential and Integral Calculus 1,2’, ‘Basic Physics 1,2’, and ‘Basic Chemistry 1,2’. The scholarship will be given after the 2020 Summer School, to the freshmen and sophomore students that have improved their grades to B0 or higher. Only those who are enrolled in school can apply, and students that are on leave of absence cannot. The number of students that will be selected is 80 students per each course, and each student will receive a scholarship worth 250,000 KRW in between late-July and the beginning of August in 2020. The selection priority will be as follows: 1st selection priority will be given to freshmen students, then sophomores, 2nd selection priority will be given to students who had lower letter grades previously (F → D0 → D+ → C0 → C+, within the same letter grades, the student with a lower score will take the priority in the selection), and 3rd priority will be given by registration order, based on the time when their registration e-mail arrived. Students can register for the following scholarship through ERICA campus’ Academic Service Team’s website, and more detailed information can be given by the Academic Service Team by calling them at 031-400-4218, or it can also be found through their website. ▶Academic Service Team (ERICA)’s Website ▶Application Guidelines for 'BS-Care' Scholarship (Basic Science Subjects) ▶ ERICA Campus’ Academic Service Team: 031-400-4218 Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo

2020-04 21

[Performance]ERICA, selected to Join the "2020 ASEAN Countries' Invitation Program for Science and Engineering Students’

Hanyang University ERICA announced that it has been selected to join the "2020 ASEAN Countries’ Invitation Program for Science and Engineering Students" hosted by the National Institute of International Education under the Ministry of Education. The "ASEAN Countries’ Students Invitation Program" has been operating for the past three years for the purpose of helping foreign students experience Korea’s science and engineering academics and industrial development and to secure resources to attract the attention of prospective outstanding science and engineering students from abroad. ERICA Campus is hosting a training institute in the field of the 2020 ASEAN Countries’ Invitation Program for Science and Engineering Students, which will carry out its education program in July with 30~35 excellent students. The students are foreign scholoarship students (GKS·Global Korea Scholarship) who were invited to participate by ASEAN countries’ local governments. They will experience a total of more than 200 hours of education programs such as lectures and experiments, visit cooperative institutions of industries and research laboratories, and experience Korean culture and history. ERICA Campus operates an organization that is dedicated to training programs with experience running English training programs, which led to its selection for this contest thanks to the excellent performance results with other ASEAN countries’ universities through building the foundation for the transfer of outstanding students to undergraduate departments and graduate schools after completing the training program. Meanwhile, the universities selected as this year’s ASEAN Countries’ Invitation Program for Science and Engineering Students are Hanyang University ERICA, Gyeongsang National University, Kyungwoon University, Chungnam University, and Korea Maritime University. Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-04 21

[Performance]Hanyang University ERICA, New AI Integrated Research Center

On the 16th, the Ministry of Science and ICT announced that a total of four universities, including Hanyang University ERICA, have been selected for the AI Integrated Research Center this year. It is a focused education and research center where the government provides intense financial support to nurture new, talented Master's and Doctoral students in areas related to artificial intelligence to conduct integrated research, according to the "Artificial Intelligence National Strategy" that the government announced last year. The AI Integrated Research Center emphasizes conducting creative integrated research and education, having an AI major at the center while cooperating with other majors. Hanyang University ERICA, which has been selected as a host of an integrated research center, will receive government funding of 1.1 billion won in the first year, and 1.5 billion won over the next three years. School is planning to nurture AI Integrated talents through University-Industry cooperation and joint research projects, connecting the medical and pharmaceutical areas, which are ERICA's strengths, and the local specialized industry. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young