Amidst the confusion of several key imminent issues (see page 1 and 3 of this volume for more), President Shin announced the ongoing four-month work of the Vision 2031 Committee (VC) for the first time on November 9 at the Creative Learning Building (E11).
On October 20, KAIST President Sung-Chul Shin attended the annual Science, ICT, Broadcasting, and Communications Committee (SIBCC) Inspection of the Administration, or also known as the National Assembly audit.
Professor Hyunjoo Lee from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has found a way to reduce the amount of platinum used as catalysts in oxygen reduction reactions. Professor Lee conducted the research along with a team led by Professor Jungwoo Han from the University of Seoul.
On September 29, the Head of the Information and Communications Team (ICT) posted an announcement on the change in the KAIST Patch Management Service (PMS). However, after many students complained about the new PMS Agent, the KAIST Undergraduate Student Council, PUUM, contacted IT-related student organizations regarding the PMS, conducted a survey on PMS in order to fully understand the problems of student use, and held a meeting with ICT on October 17 to discuss the problems this new agent is causing for the students.
Undergraduate Student Council (USC), PUUM, and the Transdisciplinary Fundamental Studies Deliberation Committee (Deliberation Committee) cohosted a public hearing to discuss what has been a highly controversial proposal to establish a new department/major: the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering (TSE).
Professor Sang-Min Bae’s team from the Department of Industrial Design has won a total of four awards, including one silver prize, at the 2017 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Word spread around campus about a merger between the Undergraduate Student Council (USC) and the KAIST International Students Association (KISA) being worked on behind the scenes. Such a merger could have closed the gap and broken the status quo. Unfortunately, the merger, alongside the possibility of a united student community, has fallen through.
Fabrication technology that may enable a more economical production of liquid-repellent surfaces was recently developed by a research team led by Professor Shin-Hyun Kim and Professor Hee Tak Kim from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.