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Sungho Min

Sungho Min | M.S. (2006)

Office for Government Policy Coordination Prime Minister's Secretariat
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, SNU, 2001
  • M.S., Economics, SNU TEPP, 2006
It might sound like a tired cliché, but 21st century is the era of convergence and consilience. Various types of convergence of technologies are on the way, and barriers between disciplines, once looked concrete, have been getting lower and lower. Through diverse inter-disciplinary works, we are making creative solutions regarding confronting problems in the present and future. I can vividly recall the moments when I had been repeating above idea in my head just outside of the interviewing room, waiting for my turn to get in, and the two years after the interview still stand out as being the most precious period, at which I studied to enlarge my ideas with passionate professors and fellow students.

Diversities of fellow students was inspiring stimulus for me. It was in itself good way of research to share various thoughts from different study backgrounds, research themes, etc. By the way, the tradition of this course, which it lay stress on micro-Economics, is doubtlessly the main reason why I am still grateful for this course. Whether anyone is involved in technology related sphere or making career in a seemingly unrelated area, it is really crucial to understand technology in various perspectives. I confidently recommend anyone who want to understand the world with the eye of technology to knock at the door of TEMEP course now!
Hyunjung Lee

Hyunjung Lee | Ph.D. (2003)

Senior Energy Economist, Southeast Asia Energy Division, Asian Development Bank
  • B.S. Electrical and Electronics, KAIST, 1997
  • M.S. Economics, TEMEP, SNU, 1999
  • Ph.D. Economics, TEMEP, SNU, 2003
I joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) right after I received the Ph.D. from TEMEP in 2003. Back then I wasn't prepared for development professional career rather I was heading for academic career. It was one of economist job fair events in the United States where I met ADB recruiting team and had an interview, which led me here. In retrospect, it was unexpected. However, I was fortunate to have met great colleagues, supervisors, and mentors who helped me at ADB and been given opportunities of working for many developing member countries, from politically fragile and war-torn country like Afghanistan to remarkably fast-growing country like China and India, and now for Vietnam. All the countries are unique in their development histories and challenges. Working for those countries, therefore, has required me to be open, listen to clients, understand their problems, and find possible solutions in collaboration with people of different nationalities, expertise, and background. While deepening my expertise in my fields such as economics in ICT or energy sector, as a project manager I also had to acquire new knowledge in other fields such as finance, governance, safeguards, gender, etc and quickly respond to global priorities such as climate changes and inclusive growth. At the end, I realized one must evolve to a multi-sector and thematic expert to be a true development professional. On top of those technical knowledge, one is also expected to communicate well in English both in writing and speaking. How to deliver our knowledge and ideas is the key to work with others and make impacts in reality. In this regard, I believe my capabilities in carrying out those roles and responsibilities were built from the education and training at TEMEP. Unlike other graduate schools, TEMEP required high standards and strong disciplines in meeting graduation qualifications beyond thesis and dissertation, for example, conducting research projects with a timebound demanding environment, checking in the laboratory room every day at 8 am and checking out at 5 pm, presenting 5 minutes speech on a weekly basis, taking mandatory English classes, and publishing journal papers and participating in international conferences, etc. High quality of education from topnotch professors and various research opportunities under their supervision were also another great advantages of TEMEP program. Being at the graduate school, I believe it is not only about learning new knowledge but it is also about becoming a problem solver, communicator, and collaborator. The outputs are assessed by thesis, journal papers, and dissertation or through the titles of master or Ph.D. but those are only the tip of the iceberg. I believe the most part of the iceberg is about inquisitiveness, perseverance, and versatility, and my iceberg was built from the time I studied at TEMEP.
Seung-Hoon Yoo

Seung-Hoon Yoo | Ph.D. (1999)

Seoul National University of Science & Technology, Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Professor
  • B.S., Department of Mineral and Petroleum Engineering, SNU, 1992.
  • M.S., Department of Mineral and Petroleum Engineering, SNU, 1996.
  • Ph.D., TEMEP, SNU, 1999.
Since I entered TEMEP in 1996 as a Ph.D. Candidate and graduated from a doctor for the first time in 1999, I am writing this as a senior graduate of TEMEP. In retrospect, TEMEP has two great advantages, which I think is the driving force that made me what I am today. First, TEMEP provided interdisciplinary education programs and the student himself who is an educational user can choose one of the following modules: economics, public administration, and engineering. When I was in TEMEP, I was able to learn the combined access of engineering and social science. In particular, I learned how to derive policy prescriptions for key issues that need to be addressed by combining economic theory and economic models with actual data. I'm still using what I learned in TEMEP.

Second, TEMEP operated the Brothership Research Program (BRP) almost exclusively in Korea. Through this program, I have been able to study the most efficient and fair policies for national development by understanding the different positions of academia, industry, and public officer, and utilizing their respective capabilities and strengths. The students of government employees, industrial students, and full-time students were able to provide experience and insight in policy practice, hands-on experience, and academic theory and techniques, respectively. The BRP built a creative, advanced, and realistic research system. Moreover, it has become a great asset to me so far to establish social policy coordination system of industry-academy-government connection through the link formed based on the BRP even after graduation.

I am currently a professor of Department of Energy Policy at Seoul National University of Science & Technology. 18 years have passed since I was hired to teach students and study. Especially, Professor Sung-Yoon Huh, who had graduated from TEMEP, has been helping me a lot since he was appointed an assistant professor at my department in September last year. If I hadn't graduated from TEMEP, I would have been unable to live happily in this position.