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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