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Nationality  South Korea
Name  Shin Sung-chul

Shin Sung-chul
Fields  Spintronics, nanomagnetism
Institutions  Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
Institution  Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology

Alma mater  Northwestern University

Shin Sung-chul (Hangul: 신성철; born July 17, 1952) is a South Korean physicist and the 16th President of KAIST. Shin was the first president of DGIST since it changed its form from a research institute to a university in 2011. His main research areas as a scientist are spintronics and nanomagnetism. As of June 2014, Shin is the founding president of DGIST university, Fellow Professor of University of Ulsan, a member of Presidential Advisory Council on Science & Technology (PACST), the chair of Committee for Future Strategy, PACST, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society(APS).



Shin was educated in South Korea and the United States. He received his secondary education in Kyunggi High School. After he received B.S. degree in 1975 in the field of applied physics at Seoul National University, M.S. degree in 1977 in the field of condensed matter physics at KAIST, he carried out research at Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science till 1980. Then, he decided to continue his study in the United States and received his Ph.D. degree in 1984 in the field of materials physics at Northwestern University.

Academic Experiences

After Shin received his Ph.D. degree, he joined Eastman Kodak's Research Lab as a senior researcher and carried out research till 1989. At that time, the South Korean government urged scientists abroad to come back to South Korea and contribute to the development of national science and technology and nurturing young scientists and engineers.

Shin replied to the call and joined KAIST in 1989 as an assistant professor in the department of physics. In 2009, Shin became a chair professor of KAIST. During 22 years in KAIST, he held various academic positions. He served as a founding director of the Korea Institute for Advance Study (1996), director of Center for Nanospinics of Spintronic Materials (1998-2005), founding director of Institute of Nano Science & Technology (2001~2003) in KAIST. He also has held various academic positions of many other organizations such as a President of the Korean Magnetics Society(2009~2010), a Chairman of ICM2012(2009~2012), and a President of Korean Physical Society (2011~2012). Shin published over 320 journal papers, holds 37 patents, delivered 160 international and national invited academic talks, and supervised over 80 Postdoctoral, M.S., Ph.D. students.

Other Experiences

In addition to academic positions, Shin has held various administrative positions, made contributions in promoting science and technology and provided advice on science and technology policy to the government. He served as Vice-Dean of Student Affairs, Director of International Cooperation Division, and Dean of Planning as well as Vice President (2004-2005) in KAIST. He also served as a board member of Expo Science Park, a president of Daedeok Club (Opinion Leaders’ Club for Science and Technology in Daeduck Science Town) (2002-2008), emceed a science program broadcast by KBS, a major Korean television broadcasting network, provided advice on science policy to the government, including Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and delivered more than 140 public lectures. Shin was appointed as a member of PACST (Presidential Advisory Council on Science & Technology)]. The role of PACST is to provide advice and consultations to the president of South Korea on issues related to science and technology. Shin is also serving as the chair of Committee for Future Strategy, PACST.

The South Korean government founded DGIST as a research institute in 2004 and changed the related law to allow DGIST offer degree programs in 2008. Therefore, DGIST changed its system from a research institute to a university and opened graduate program in March 2011. The South Korean government appointed Shin as the founding president of this new university. He has been serving as the founding president of DGIST since 2011.

Honors and awards

  • South Korea Best Scientist Award (conferred by the President of South Korea), 2012
  • Korean Economy Leader Award (in the field of Global Management), JoongAng Ilbo, 2012
  • Alumni of the Year, KAIST Alumni Association, 2011
  • KAIST Award (in the field of International Cooperation), KAIST, 2011
  • Science Award, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Korea, 2009
  • Fellow, American Physics Society, 2008
  • Order of Science and Technology Merit Changjo Medal(Grade 1) (conferred by President of South Korea), 2007
  • Appointment as a 'Role-model Scientist' by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, 2007
  • Science Award, Korean Physical Society, 2006
  • Recognized as one of the Korean Distinguished Basic Research Top 30 by Korea Research Foundation, 2005
  • Fellow, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, 2000
  • 'Scientist of the Year' Award, Ministry of Science and Technology (South Korea), 1999
  • References

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