Professor Lee In, an aerospace expert at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology will be appointed as the next head (dean) of Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT)

By Yoon Sung-won |

Lee In, 67, an honorary professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has been named as the head of a national research center in Ethiopia, according to KAIST.

He will be presented as the head of Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) in Ethiopia in August this year. His term will expire on July 31, 2018 but it can be extended for up to five years, the Korean science institute said.

KAIST said Lee’s appointment is being made as the Ethiopian government is eager to promote science and technology.

“Under the goal of fostering AAiT as a university specialized in science and technology, the Ethiopian government last year requested Korea to recommend a qualified figure for the position,” KAIST said in a statement. “Ethiopia recognizes that the country’s future depends on the advancement of science and technology.”

AAiT is research center specializing in engineering education and research. More than 5,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students attend the institute.

KAIST said African students have shown more interest in Korea’s engineering technologies and have sought opportunities to learn in Korea. It said 32 students from Africa registered for master’s and doctoral degrees at KAIST in 2014, alongside five undergraduate students.

About Professor Professor Lee In

Lee received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aviation engineering in 1972 and 1979, respectively, from Seoul National University. In 1986, he was awarded his doctoral degree from the aerospace engineering department of Stanford University in the United States.

Lee started his career as a researcher at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Research Center in California, and later taught at KAIST. He also headed the Korean Society for Aeronautical & Space Sciences and KAIST’s satellite research center.

Recognized for his contribution to the advancement of science and technology, he has been awarded prizes not only from Korea but also China and the United States.

Source: The Korea Times
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2 Responses

  1. sam

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    With due respect, I am not an opponent or something, but I was trying to search Professor Lee In on google but the only website that site him is only the one that you refereed “”.
    I am a just a normal guy with normal concern…please don’t take to politics…as a graduate student I was just concerned if he is really a professor…because normally professors have at least some published papers…and I cant find his papers online…may be I am wrong I don’t know…who cares

    • EthiopiaOnline

      Dear Sam,

      First of all, we thank you very much for you concern. And, honestly, that is very nice of you that you are concerned about, and tried to check, the validity of the his (Lee In) profession. I personally think that since you are a graduate student, you feel like it is your due (or kind of professional responsibility) to check a person’s profession when that person was about to take a big position [whether you are Ethiopian or not].

      Just like what you did we (Ethiopia Online) also tried to check the trustworthiness of Lee In’s profession. We did that for three main reasons (1) We are Ethiopians so that we wanted to check who is going to lead one of our country’s institution. (2) Just like you, we (who work on Ethiopia Online) are [were] also graduate students and we have got the same feeling as what you got – like, checking his work, his publications, his research, whether he has/had graduate students, etc. (3) Finally, what we post on Ethiopian Online MUST BE valid, trustworthy and something that people would read or watch. As much as we can, we NEVER POST something FAKE or TRASH. If someone is interested to read trash, there are other ‘silly’ websites, NOT Ethiopia Online [pardon us if we used rude phrases]. Thus, before we posted that news about Lee In, Phd we tried to check about both the news as well as Lee In’s background. Even if we we didn’t find any reason to suspect the validity of the news (as Korea Times newspaper is one of the biggest in the country), unfortunately we didn’t find that much about background of Lee In. We are not saying that there is nothing. may be it is due to the language discrepancy (English vs. Korean). We checked that his name exists in KAIST website and mentioned as “Emeritus Professor”. As you can see from the website, his academic history is exactly the same as what is described in the news we posted. (

      Many apologies for unusually long reply. Again, thank you for visiting our website and thank you very much for being a concerned citizen.


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