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Seoul Tech Leaders Visit Campus to Get Inside Look at U.S. Higher Education

June 7, 2011

A delegation of leaders from South Korea's elite Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoul Tech) recently visited Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to get insight on the latest developments in hands-on education, teaching innovation in the classroom and assessing student performance. 

  Seoul Lab      
Showcasing Laboratories: Physics and Optical Engineering Professor Sergio Granieri explains aspects of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's optics laboratories to Seoul National University of Science and Technology President Jun-Hyeong Roh (left) and other South Korean education officials.  

The group also visited Rose-Hulman's state-of-the-art laboratories and continued a dialogue with officials about future collaborations between the two colleges.

"It is obvious from our discussions that Rose-Hulman centers on the educational experience for its students.  We're very interested in those aspects and how we might be able to adapt them into our college," stated Seoul Tech President Jun-Hyeong Roh, former Minister of Information & Communication for the South Korean government.  "We have long admired Rose-Hulman and hope to build on our relationship in the future."

For the second straight summer, Rose-Hulman will host Seoul Tech students later this summer for a four-week educational program in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).  Also, two Rose-Hulman students are currently studying at Seoul Tech in an international education exchange program between the two colleges.

The Seoul Tech group also featured Wonjong Joo, director of the university's innovation center; the director of information technology; and the manager of computer operations.

   Seoul Walk

Campus visit: Charles Joenathan, head of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, leads a recent campus tour for officials from Seoul National University of Science and Technology.

Rose-Hulman officials participating in the visit were Bill Kline, interim vice president for academic affairs; Dan Moore, associate dean of faculty and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Louis Turcotte, vice president of instructional, administrative and information technology; Don Richards, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence; Luanne Tilstra, director of the Center for Diversity; and Craig Downing, chair of the Department of Engineering Management.

The Korean contingent also spent time with Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of Indiana's Energy Systems Network; Bill Fenoglio, chair of Rose-Hulman's Board of Trustees; and Dr. Sang Huh, physician at Union Hospital's Hux Cancer Center.

The Rose-Hulman part of the group's trip was organized by Michael McInerney, professor of physics and optical engineering, and Charles Joenathan, head of the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering. 

Providing tours were physics and optical engineering professors Azad Siahmakoun, Sergio Granieri and Elaine Kirkpatrick.  

Seoul Tech is one of Korea's national universities with a student enrollment of 14,000 at four colleges, 32 departments and six graduate schools.