Dear Colleagues and Alumni:
It is my pleasure to introduce the first KAIST Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) Departmental Newsletter. First, I would like to share some good news regarding our Department. As of Spring 2017, around 400 undergraduate and 380 graduate students have enrolled in our Department, making it one of the largest Departments at KAIST. Currently, the KAIST CBE Department is ranked 15 in the QS World Rankings (#1 in South Korea), and our reputation as one of the premier research/teaching universities is growing.
Continuing on with our proud achievements, our CBE undergraduate student team placed first (out of 41 participants) in the Chem-E-Car Competition at the 2016 Annual AIChE Student Conference. Powered by a vanadium redox flow battery, the team´s winning car came within 11 cm from the designated goal line. Great job to the Team!! From the faculty side, amongst many exciting news, we share just the few of them here. Prof. Sang Yup Lee was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this May and amongst foreign members, he is one of only 12 scholars who are members of both the NAS and the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was also a recipient of the 2016 James Bailey Award and gave his lecture at the AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco in November, 2016. Also last December at the Imperial College London, Prof. Jay H. Lee from our CBE Department delivered the Roger Sargent Distinguished Lecture in honor of his achievements in the field of the process systems engineering. Next, organized by Prof. Sang Yup Lee, KAIST opened a special session called "IDEASLAB" at the World Economic Forum. Two other professors from our CBE Department participated at this Forum with Prof. Shin-Hyun Kim delivering a lecture on his nanoparticle assembly and Prof. Sheng Li receiving the Young Scientists award.
With plethora of exciting news and development here at KAIST, I express gratitude to our faculty members and staff who worked hard to initiate the first KAIST CBE Newsletter. With the Newsletter, we hope to provide a glimpse of what is happening at KAIST CBE to the rest of the world. You may also check various departmental activities available in social media: e.g., Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CBE-KAIST-1983404068550045) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/KAIST_CBE).
Jae W. Lee