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Miryang Kang 강미량
  • B.S., Chemistry, POSTECH, 2018
  • M.S., Science, Technology, and Policy, 2020

Miryang is mainly in the intersection of disabilities and engineering practices. For her master's thesis, she looked into how disabled people and non-disabled roboticists and medical staff cooperated to engineer both exoskeleton robots and walking. Expanding this research, Miryang now delves into the development of walking technologies at the nexus of human bodies, robots, and infrastructures. Her aim is to write disability narratives from the STS perspective that appreciate disabled people as experts, makers, and designers of the world. She also conducts research on women scientist-engineers in Korea, the history of outdoor units of air conditioners, and telemedicine practices.

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JunSoo Kim 김준수
  • B.A., Sociology, Yonsei University, 2015
  • M.A., Sociology, Yonsei University, 2019

JunSoo has been working in the area of political ecology and urbanization theory. After JunSoo finished his master’s degree at Sociology, he worked as a researcher in the Center for Asia Urban Societies at Seoul National University. JunSoo has published various fields of nonhuman studies, more-than-human approaches, and the East-Asian developmental urbanization process in the regards of Geography and Sociology. Recently, JunSoo focusing his research on the contextualizing East-Asia Anthropocene regarding Urban Political Ecology and STS with the various case studies.

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Yena Chae 채예나
  • B.Com., Economics, University of Otago
  • M.A., Public Management, Korea Development Institute School (Concentration: Global Governance and Political Economy) Magna Cum Laude9

As Korea’s country representative for World Energy Council’s (UN-accredited global energy body, with member organisations in over 90 countries) future energy leaders, Yena envisions a greener tomorrow. Her interest largely lies in implementing the right green energy policies. She is passionate about sustainable energy developments and building a hydrogen economy in Korea. Yena’s work in the public sector has focused on gas regulations; her previous research includes certification standards for Hydrogen Vehicles, publications such as ‘Hydrogen an Enabler of the Grand Transition’, and contribution towards a G20 policy recommendation. Yena’s research interests include energy security & shale gas, low carbon energy economics, the role of ICT in energy efficiency management - smart grid & ESS, and renewable energy project financing.

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Donghun Kang 강동훈
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 2018
  • B.S., Technology Management, KAIST, 2018
  • M.S., Science,Technology, and Policy, KAIST, 2017

Donghun majored both in mechanical engineering and technology management as an undergraduate at KAIST, wherein he was very active in committee as well as volunteering work such as "Green in KAIST" (green campus committee in KAIST) and "EWB KAIST" (Engineers Without Borders). He also has a journalistic experience on wind power generation in Chongsong, South Korea and a research experience on factors influencing waste management behaviors, a focus on cohort differences. He is currently expanding his research interests to Anthropocene, demographic changes, and e-waste.

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Seung Hoon Yang 양승훈
  • B.A., Political Science, Konkuk University, 2005
  • M.A., Cultural Studies (Cultural Anthropology), Yonsei University, 2012

Seung Hoon studied political science and anthropology. He worked in a shipyard for five years and was in the in-house PR team and the Strategy and Innovation division in DSME. SH is interested in innovation studies, policy studies, and industrial sociology. He tries to understand the culture of engineers and sets the innovation policy from their view. SH is also interested in the process of industrial restructuring and tries to understand how industrial restructuring is operating in the societal and political sense. And he published a book, "The Utopia of Heavy Industry Family(중공업 가족의 유토피아)" in 2019 and got an award, "The 60th Award for the Best Korean Liberal Arts Book(제 60회 한국출판문화상 교양부문)".

최철, Chul Choi
Chul Choi 최철
  • B.A., Business Administration, Seoul National University
  • M.B.A., International Business and Policy, Seoul National University
  • LL.M., intellectual Property Law, University of London
  • LL.M., international Finance Law, University of London
  • Barrister at Law, England and Wales

Chul studied international business and policy at SNU. His research on the process of internationalization of Korean companies based on the concept of value chain led him to study intellectual property law in the UK. Upon completion of the LL.M. program and legal studies in the UK, he worked for an international law firm in London, Allen & Overy, as a lawyer in the field of international finance. He has been interested in combining IP and finance as a base for developing IP and innovation ecosystem. He joined STP in order to expand his research on IP and innovation through understanding the policy aspects of science and technology. He is also interested in the institutional aspects of science and technology development from policy and legal perspectives.

정한별, Hanbyul Jeong
Hanbyul Jeong 정한별
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 2012
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2014

Hanbyul studied mechanical engineering during his undergraduate years and later became interested in the societal impact of the ideas and performances of science and engineering. His primary research interest is in the dynamic influence of technology in making new knowledge, culture, and infrastructure. He now studies how education technology (Edtech) shapes the relationship between human actors and between humans and nonhumans around education policy, market, and practice in action.

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Joo Sang Park 박주상
  • BEc, Economics, Sogang University, 1998 (Minored in Business Administration)
  • MS, Computer Science, Sogang University, 2001
  • ABD, Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2014
  • Visiting Professor, Sookmyung Women's Universtiy, 2018
  • Visiting Researcher, Korea Electronics Technology Institute, 2018

Joo-Sang was a senior researcher of ETRI and has been dedicated for international standardization activities, serving as project editor, secretary, and convenor in working groups, sub-commitees, and technical committees under ISO and ISO/IEC JTC 1 since 2004. Also he has devoted to education of volunteers for Korean National Body's standardization activities. In 2013, he received Minister prize of Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy for standardization achievement. His research focuses on how to interpret the roles of a state in R&D and diffusion of ICT when the international constraints form hierarchical relations over the competing countries. In view of the results so far achieved, beyond typical arguments of developmental vs. regulatory states, there is much room beyond the existing argument of states' roles.

안오성, Ohsung Ahn
Ohsung Ahn 안오성
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 1992
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 1994

Ohsung has over 20 years of experience as a system integration engineer in various aerospace programs: Smart UAV program(KARI, 2002~2012), T-50 program(KAI,1997~2002) and for the commercial aircraft program(Samsung Aerospace,1994~1997). Recently he has been involved in 3 areas which are also part of his research interests: 5 year Plan for development of Aircraft industry in Korea and Strategic planning for national UAV development(as a supportor for MOTIE), and Government R&D policy support(advising NSF for R&D process manual, STEPI for R&D governance and autonomy of institutes, DAPA for military-civil cooperation in aerospace arena). His major research interestes are 3 areas : big science(aerospace, defense, energy), modeling of R&D policy for the effective foresight, government led innovation strategy and its environment.

조승희, Seung Hee Cho
Seung Hee Cho 조승희
  • B.S., Chemistry, KAIST, 2014
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2016

Seung Hee has majored chemistry in her undergraduate years, and shifted majors to science and technology policy to study the international politics of climate change and energy. She wrote her masters thesis about renewable energy policies and citizen participation in an urban landscape. Her research interest involves infrastructure, political inequality, ecology, and transnationalism. Based on anthropology and science and technology studies (STS), her recent project concerns island imaginaries of renewable energy infrastructure, where Jeju, the biggest island in Korea, is becoming a subjected place for energy experiments and a global show window of green energy futures.

정서영, Soyoung Chung
Soyoung Chung 정서영
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, KAIST, 2005
  • M.S., Space Technology, Universita di Pisa / Instate Superieure de I’Aeronautique e de II’Espace, 2008

Soyoung is interested in space policy at both national and international levels and hopes to understand it from the science and technology policy perspective within the broader social, economic, and political context. She currently works at the policy department of Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and provides support to the Korean government in establishing the national space policy.

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Sulaiman M. Al-Shandoudi
  • B.Sc., Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • M.Sc., Information Management and Finance, University of Westminster, London, UK
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management, Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands
  • Advanced Certificate in Leadership of Government and Not for Profit Organizations, Syracuse University, New York, USA

Sulaiman obtained the Korean Government Scholarship (KGSP) to undertake the PhD in S&T Policy at the STP KAIST. Before coming to Korea, he was working as a senior researcher at the Research Council of Oman, the main governmental research regulating and funding body in the country. His research is related to role of technologies in radicalization. He is analyzing how the technological platforms, both online and offline, have shaped and are shaping the process of radicalization. He is concentrating on the Jihadi Nasheeds as a main radical propaganda tool.

김선웅, Sun Woong Kim
Sun Woong Kim 김선웅
  • BHSc, Community Development, The University of Auckland, 2007
  • MPH, Health Economics, The University of Melbourne, 2013

Sun’s academic training has grown to embrace a wide variety of topics. For undergraduate and master degrees, he studied public health systems and health economics. His current research interest is focused on the political economy (comparative capitalism and institutionalism) of biopharmaceutical industry and innovation, with strong emphasis both on the Korean context and global value chain. His main research argument is predicated on that contrary to the common belief about detrimental effects of financial hegemony on industry R&D and innovation, firms in emerging economies could leverage on the liberal flow of capital to secure technological prowess and to engage in the global competition.

우태민, Taemin Woo
Taemin Woo 우태민
  • B.S., Molecular Biology, Pusan National University, 2008
  • M.S., Molecular Biology, Pusan National University, 2010
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2012

Taemin is mainly interested in standards and standardization in science and technology which have a strong influence on public health policy and biotech/pharmaceutical industry. At STP, she intends on studying history of medicine and public health, creation and proliferation of risk cultures, politics behind governmental intervention on health, and harmonization of regulatory requirements in medicine and pharmaceutical industry, especially in relation to science and technology policy. Furthermore, she is working on specific research topics such as tobacco litigation, changing paradigm in biomedicine industry, as well as the meaning of quality of life in this era of biopolitics.

신희성, Heesun Shin
Heesun Shin 신희선
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST, 2014
  • Minor in Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2014
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2016

Science and technology is often easily misunderstood as an exclusive property of the engineering field. However, Heesun strongly believes that a concord between science technology and humanity social science will bring sensual satisfaction beyond physical convenience. What she is most interested in these days is the social problems unintentionally caused by newly created technology or machines. She hopes to explore how science and technology and the society interact with each other, what the problems and respective solutions are, and ultimately propose the desirable direction in which science and technology should proceed.

양설민, Seolmin Yang
Seolmin Yang 양설민
  • B.S., Chemistry, KAIST, 2014
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2016

Korea has imbalance in relations between Science and the Society, and the imbalance might be a serious problem. Seolmin makes efforts to suggest better idea for actual healing to relationship between Science and Society. He thinks the genuine healing is to solve the problems related to the two fields through communication, not to focus on the problems of each field.

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Sungeun Kim 김성은
  • High School, Korea Science Academy, 2010
  • B.S., Chemistry, KAIST, 2014
  • Minor in Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2014
  • M.S., Science ad Technology Policy, KAIST, 2017

Chemistry, STS, and Design These are the three words that best describe Sungeun's interest. Even after finishing his study on chemistry, Sungeun continues to maintain a chemist's vantage point to constantly examine the micro dynamics of things and its relation to macro structures. Such interest is no only applied to chemical substances but also to human societies; he wants to understand the complex relationship between micro dynamics of STS and macro structures lying beneath societies. Finally, he always tries to present his understanding in any form of design: images, documents, presentations, etc.

박준혁, Joonhyeok Park
Joonhyeok Park 박준혁
  • B.S., Chemistry, KAIST, 2015
  • B.S., Computer Science, KAIST, 2015
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2017

Joonhyeok majored chemistry and computer science in undergraduate school. In this period, he felt that those scientific knowledge make big influence to our society. Especially, computer science course gave him big recognion that technological improvement can change the shape of human beings behavior and social acts. To improve this idea, he decided to study about the perspective of social science and humanities.

이인건, Inkeon Lee
Inkeon Lee 이인건
  • B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Sogang University, 2015
  • B.S., Economy, Sogang University, 2015
  • Minor in Philosophy, Sogang University, 2015
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2017

My primary interest is at how public R&D institutes and firms shape innovation policy, and in turn, how the policy and R&D programs affect the firms' innovation. I'm currently studying the policy process for science, technology, and innovation, focusing on a consensus building and funding system. Investigating an agenda-setting process on public R&D since the late 1990s of South Korea, I plan to understand how do the catch-up policy rationales in 1980s evolve into the recent policy goals for economic growth, which is overwhelming the majority of S&T policies.

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Dong Joon Lee 이동준
  • B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Underwood International College, Yonsei University, 2013
  • M.A., Public Policy, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, 2016

Dongjoon is mainly interested in designing efficient and comprehensive science and technology policies and strategies for sustainable growth. Thus his main research interests include national innovation system, bottom-up innovative ecosystem, cluster innovation and SME policies. Prior to joining KAIST, he has also worked in the nuclear energy sector thus his research area is not just confined to innovation policies, he also has a keen interest in nuclear policy as well.

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Sang Kyung Bae 배상경
  • B.S., Business Administration, English Language and Literature, SungKyunKwan University, 2010
  • M.S., Innovation & Technology Management, KAIST, 2016

Sangkyung is interested in policies for user-centered technology development aimed at resolving social issues. In other words, she has interest in how to expand the scope of beneficiaries of the technology for all the people. She currently works at the Human Resources Strategy Section of Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute(ETRI).

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Heewon Kim 김희원
  • B.S., Biological Science, KAIST, 2014
  • Minor in Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2014
  • M.S., Program in History and Philosophy of Science, Seoul National University, 2016

Heewon is interested in how scientific knowledge travel and adapt to diverse geographical locales and sociocultural contexts. In particular, she is interested in the interplay of medical knowledge and technology, policies, and perceptions of illness and human body. Her current project concerns how the idea of professionalism and expertise have been established among Korean doctors after the doctors’ strike in 2000. Other research interests include health issues of GMO and nuclear power plants in Korea.

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Hyejung Koo 구혜정
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Korea Military Acedemy, 2006
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University, 2016

Hyejung is interested in the innovation of the Republic of Korea armed development system from the perspective of the Fourth Industrial Revoluton. She is an military officer in the Republic of Korea Army and is teaching land warfare and operational art at the Joint Forces Military University. She tries to reduce the gap between the military theory and the management in battlefield, and the viewpoint of the civilian in the military and the viewpoint of the civilian in the military.

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Junho Lee 이준호
  • B.A., Spanish, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 2014
  • Double Major in International Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 2014
  • M.A., Development Policy, Korea Development Institute School, 2017 (Concentration in Public Finance)

Junho is a Ph.D student with multiple working experiences in institutions such as KDI, Organization of American States, SKnetworks, among many others. He naturally gained interest in the science and technology policy field through participation in multiple Government ODA including KSP with Honduras and Paraguay. His latest research topics while working in STEPI (Science Technology Policy Institute) were ‘Impact Evaluation of R&D Investment on Firms' Growth’, ‘Inquiry of characteristics of creative organizations’, ‘Inclusive innovation’.
His major research interests are assessment of R&D effectiveness, International Development (development of STI ecosystem) and Big data.

이빛나, Bitna Lee
Bitna Lee 이빛나
  • B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, 2015
  • Minor in Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2015
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2018

Bitna Lee studied chemical and biomolecular engineering and science and technology policy at KAIST. Studying at KAIST and meeting people in the science and engineering field, she became interested in the policies governing science and technology. Also, working as an intern at AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy (CSTSP), she decided to further study the political and social approaches toward science and technology. She hopes to study more about the implications of science and technology on biomedical, public health and social welfare to improve access and quality of care

전준하, Joonha Jeon
Joonha Jeon 전준하
  • B.S., Material Science & Engineering, KAIST, 2016
  • Minor in Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2016
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2018

Joonha studies the processes and mechanisms of and around knowledge production, the topic which is dealt within a growing discipline named Research on Research (also known as Meta-research, or Science of Science). He has conducted research on institutional attributes of the academic environment (mainly universities) and their changes while pursuing a master's degree in STP. Now his primary interest is research (e)valuation, and he is also interested in Critical Algorithm Studies that brings in his work experience as a data scientist and a software developer.

성두현, Richard Sung
Richard Sung 성두현
  • B.S., Physics, KAIST, 2016
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2018

Richard's primary interest is studying philosophical and methodological aspects of scientific inquiry. Since his enrollment in KAIST as an undergraduate physics major, he has been greatly interested in how thought processes evolve and interact to define, formulate, and change scientific inquiry. He believes that understanding such process can facilitate and strengthen the development of science and technology policy frameworks. Furthermore, due to his ongoing interest in operations research, military studies, and combative systems, Richard intends to study how science and technology shape strategic thinking as well as formulation of defense policies.

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HyeJeong Han 한혜정
  • B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, 2017
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2019

HyeJeong Han is interested in the impact of computer on human epistemology, and the interplay between scientific knowledge, contextual values, and public policy. Her current research interests include philosophy of computational science and machine learning, and applied ethics for computer and information technology.

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Daeun Lee 이다은
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, UT Dallas, 2012.
  • M.S., Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, 2015.
  • Researcher, Science and Technology Policy Institute, 2015~.

After receiving her master’s degree at KAIST STP, Daeun currently works on strategic research planning tasks at STEPI (Science and Technology Policy Institute). Her working experiences expanded her academic inquiry to the dynamics of policy making process and S&T policy governance in Korea. Government-funded research institute is an interesting research subject to see who are considered policy experts and how policies attain their legitimacy in Korean S&T policy governance. She hopes to connect her everyday working experiences to her academic project.