2017 December 5th – The University of Utah Asia Campus (Represented by Chris Ireland) located at Incheon Songdo announced that it successfully hosted ‘The 4th Annual Alumni Event’ at the Grand Intercontinental Parnas Hotel on December 2nd (Sat) 6 PM.
The alumni event, which has been held for the 4th time, was arranged to ensure cooperation and unity and promote amity and concordance among Korean alumni of University of Utah. The alumni event held this year received attention as it issued ‘Passing the Torch’ as its main theme. The theme celebrates University of Utah’s involvement in the 2002 US Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and the involvement of UAC undergraduates at the Olympic Broadcasting Services of Pyeonchang Winter Olympics. The University of Utah Asia Campus also delivered the message of superiors imparting hope and encouragement to the younger generation.
More than 200 alumni and undergraduates participated in the event and spent a meaningful time communicating and exchanging information with each other. The gathering was made even more special as UAC’s first graduates, who graduated in May this year, participated in the event.
Moreover, various key leaders in the industry attended the event, including Dr. Sungwan Kim, a Distinguished Professor at Hanyang University, and Dr. Yongseung Yun, a director of IAE, took part in the alumni event and drew attention. ‘The 3rd Annual Alumni Event’ held in December last year have also attracted attention as many important alumni figures, such as Sook Il Kwon, President of Korean National Academy of Sciences, Yongtae Lee, Honorary President of Sambo Computer Co. have attended the event.
In addition, a gratitude ceremony was held during the event to deliver the appreciation of the scholarships provided by the alumni. The University of Utah Asia Campus is providing diverse scholarship programs for students under various conditions. During the gratitude ceremony, a thank-you video of A-ram Jung, an undergraduate of UAC, was played to deliver her appreciation of the full scholarship she was provided.
Besides the gratitude ceremony, an alumni awards ceremony also took place to honor those who have contributed to the advancement of University of Utah.
The Alumni Achievement Award went to Dr. Yongseung Yun, who currently works as a director at the Plant Engineering Division of IAE. Dr. Yun majored in Chemical Engineering and received his PhD degree at the University of Utah in 1990. He has concentrated on CO2 capture technologies and has participated as a Korean delegate at the preparation workshops on CCS from 2007 to 2008 to reach the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Leaders Declaration. The second Alumni Achievement Award was given to Jaiwook Lee, the senior foreign attorney of Yulchon. Mr. Lee works a as a senior foreign counsel of the Intellectual Property Group and with his background in engineering, he also has expertise in e-Discovery, internal investigations and forensics.
And last, the Lifetime Alumni Award was given to Dr. Sungwan Kim, who is a Distinguished Professor at Hanyang University. Dr. Kim served as the Director of the Center for Control Chemical Delivery at the University of Utah from 1985 to 2006. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Utah under the guide of Professor Henry Eyring.
Chris Ireland, chief administrative officer of the University of Utah Asia Campus, expressed “through today’s alumni event, the UAC hopes both the alumni and undergraduates fully utilize the opportunity to establish a firm network. The UAC believes that all University of Utah students will lead the world under the ideology of the University of Utah.”
Meanwhile, established in September of 2014, the University of Utah Asia Campus is one of the first foreign universities to settle in Korea. The UAC is an expansion campus of the US Salt Lake City Campus, and all management of educational matters is executed by the SLC.
For more information, the alumni of the University of Utah include John Warnock, the founder of the prominent software corporation Adobe, Edwin Catmull, the founder of the animation production company Pixar, J.W Marriot, the founder of the luxurious international hotel chain Marriott International, Alan Kay, the computer scientist who worked on object-oriented programming, and Bill Gore, the creator of Gore-Tex fabrics. Among them, Korean alumni, including Taegyu Lee, the first Korean to become the candidate of Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Yongtae Lee, the Honorary President of Sambo Computer Co., remain long in history and are continuing to contribute to world society.
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