PRESENT POSITION
  • Professor (Tenured): Department of Robotics Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu, Korea.
  • Co-Director: DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center (DE-MRC), DGIST, Daegu, Korea
EDUCATION
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Aug. 2007, Washington State University (WSU), Washington.
    Dissertation topic:Fabrication, Characterization and Modeling of K31 Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (pMUTs).
    Co-Advisors: Dr. Jow-Lian Ding and Dr. Amit Bandyopadhyay
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, August 2003
    WSU, Pullman, Washington
    Thesis topic: Integration of Multiple Human Models into a Virtual Reality Environment
    Advisor: Dr. Sankar Jayaram
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, February 2002
    Yeungnam University, Korea
  • Professor (Tenured): Department of Robotics Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu, Korea.
  • Co-Director: DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center (DE-MRC), DGIST, Daegu, Korea
EXPERIENCE:
  • Chair, Department of Robotics Engineering, DGIST, Daegu, Korea, July 2019 – present
  • Professor (Tenured): DGIST, Daegu, Korea, March 2018-present.
  • Co-Director: DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center (DE-MRC), DGIST, Daegu, Korea, November 2013-present.
  • Associate Professor (Tenured): DGIST, Daegu, Korea, March 2014-Feburary 2018.
  • Assistant Professor: Department of Robotics Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Engineering (DGIST), October 2010-Feburary 2014.
  • Senior Researcher: Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), February 2009-September 2010.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar: University of California, Davis, November 2007-February 2009.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate: Bioengineering Research Center, MME, WSU, September 2007-October 2007.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
  • 1. Best Paper Award, Korean Society of Medical Robotics, Dec. 2020.
  • 2. Industry-Academic Cooperation Award, The Society of Micro and Nano Systems, Aug. 2020.
  • 3. Prime Minister’s Commendation for Science, Information and Communication Day of Korea, Apr. 2020.
  • 4. National Intellectual Property Award (Co-chairman’s award), Presidental Council on Intellectual Property, Korea, Sep. 2019 (two such honors are awarded per year in Korea).
  • 5. Best Preclinical Manuscript Award, International Society for Cardiac Robotic Navigation, Nice, France, Sep. 2019 (one non-clinical paper per year receives this award at the annual meeting).
  • 6. Distinguished Research Award, DGIST, Korea, Sep. 2019 (five awards per year).
  • 7. The Young Investigator Award, the Korean Society of Medical Robotics, Korea, Aug. 2019.
  • 8. Prize of The State of Geneva (Surgical bed with the integration of magnetic control and X-ray systems), 47th International Exhibition of Invention of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2019.
  • 9. Special Award by Taiwan Invention Association (Ultrasonic cell stimulation system), 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2019.
  • 10. 3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver medal (4 Inventions), 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2019.
  • 11. Best Poster Award, The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers Spring conference, May 2016.
  • 12. Faculty of the Year, DGIST, January 2016.
  • 13. Distinguished service award, DGIST, September 2015.
  • 14. Best Poster Award, The Korean Society of Medical & Biological Engineering Spring conference, May 2015.
  • 15. Rising Star Award, The International Society for Nano Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement (3M-Nano), October 2014.
  • 16. Best Poster Award, The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers Spring conference, May 2014.
  • 17. Research results of microrobot exhibited at Korean National Science Museum, 2013.
  • 18. Top 5 national bio related research in Korea by Biological Research Information Center (BRIC), December 2013.
  • 19. Best Poster Award, The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers Spring conference, May 2013.
  • 20. Research & Education team got Excellent Award, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, January 2013.
  • 21. Distinguished service award, DGIST, 2012.
  • 22. Best Poster Award, International Symposium on Nature-Inspired Technology, 2009.
  • 23. Student Travel Award, Organizing Committee and the Technical Program Committee of IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 2006.
  • 24. Travel Grant, Graduate School, WSU, October 2006.
  • 25. Registration Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, WSU, October 2006.
  • 26. Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, Graduate and Professional Student Association, WSU, April 2004, (one of fifteen recipients of this honor in entire University).
  • 27. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, MME, WSU, April 2004, (awarded to one out of thirty-five TA’s per year).
  • 28. International Scholarship for exchange program at WSU, Yeungnam University, Korea, August 2000-May 2001, (awarded to two students from entire University).
  • 29. International Scholarship for exchange program at WSU, Yeungnam University, Korea, August 2000-May 2001, (awarded to two students from entire University).
  • 30. Academic Excellence Scholarships, Yeungnam University, Korea, Fall 1993, Fall 1997-Spring 1999, (awarded to the top 5% of the student body per semester).
  • 31. Frank & Genevieve Scholarship, WSU, August 2002-May 2003.

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