The DOE Fellows program at Florida International University (http://www.arc.fiu.edu/Intern ) hosted Dr. Soon-Heung Chang during his visit to FIU. Dr. Soon-Heung Chang is the current President of the Korean Nuclear Society, as well as the Dean and Vice President at the prestigious Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST). During his visit to FIU, Dr. Chang had the opportunity to visit FIU’s laboratories and facilities where DOE Fellows and Applied Research Center (ARC) staff showcased on-going applied research projects sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM).
Dr. Chang also participated as a distinguished lecturer at the DOE Fellows Lecture Series conducted at MARC International Pavilion on 02/10/12. Dr. Chang’s presentation, “Perspective on Korea’s Nuclear Future after Fukushima,” discussed the cutting edge research being conducted at KAIST as well as provided a perspective on Korea’s nuclear energy program after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan.
KAIST was established in 1971 as the nation’s first graduate school specializing in science and engineering education and research. The school’s founding was a catalyst for Korea’s rapid rise from a producer of light industry goods to a world leader in high-technology industries. KAIST focuses on finding solutions to critical problems in the fields of energy, environment, water, and sustainability.
During his visit to FIU, Dr. Chang also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Andres Gil (Vice President for Research), Dr. Luis Salas (Associate VP for Research), Dr. John Proni (Executive Director, Applied Research Center), Dean Ken Furton (College of Arts & Sciences), Associate Dean Giri Narasimhan (College of Engineering & Computing), and Dr. Leonel E. Lagos (DOE Fellows Program Director and Associate Director at ARC) and discussed potential collaboration between KAIST and FIU.
In addition, Mr. James Auld (Director, College Coordinator Nuclear Programs), representing Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), attended the DOE Fellows Lecture Series and provided his perspective on an aging nuclear workforce and the need to train and mentor the new generation of college students in nuclear science and engineering disciplines. He also made comments on the plans of FPL to construct two new nuclear reactors at FPL’s facility in Homestead, Florida.