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Hyensup Shim | Ph.D. Course (2018 Spring)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, KMA, 2007
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo, 2015
1. Why did you come to TEMEP?
In the appearance of the fourth industrial revolution and the rapid change of technological innovation, I wanted to become a leader rather than a follower. And TEMEP is an optimal major to analyze the types and causes of technological innovation that occur in the real world and to suggest policies more appropriate and efficient direction.

2. What would you like to recommend TEMEP for?
I think it is a good opportunity to share knowledge and culture by discussing technological innovation with foreign students from various countries such as Europe and Africa, which are potential future business partners. In addition, it is one of characteristics of the TEMEP major that the degree can be selected in consideration of the student's interest and aptitude among engineering, economics, business and administration, and public policy.

3. What’s next for you?
I would like to develop the weapon acquisition system in the defense area more efficiently based on the knowledge that I have studied through the doctoral program. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration has been in charge of the weapons acquisition of the Republic of Korea, but the acquisition system is an incomplete stage in which the revision is continuously being carried out. So, my goal is to contribute to the development of systems and policies that can develop defense technology in parallel with civilian technology innovation in order to obtain an economical and superior weapon system.
Justine Jihyun Kim | Ph.D. Course (2017 Fall)
  • B.S.E., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, 2015
  • M.S. in Business Administration, TEMEP, SNU, 2017
1. Why did you come to TEMEP?
The more I studied electrical engineering and computer science, and the more I gained research experiences in various fields, I realized that researchers define ‘good/better’ technology differently. Some say that ‘faster’ technology is a better technology, and some say that the ‘smaller’ the better. Likewise, I came to believe that the ‘efficiency’ and ‘social impact’ was the key. Developing a merely ‘fast’ technology that consumes too much power, for example, did not make significant differences in markets due to its inapplicability. I began to think that without truly understanding the technological market, it is very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to develop technologies that could be well commercialized and can actually influence people’s lives. I was naturally drawn into the Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP) of SNU, where I believed I could unveil my rising interest and unfold my potential as an engineer and as an economist.

2. What would you like to recommend TEMEP for?
TEMEP enables students to conduct an interdisciplinary study of technology management, economics, and policy. Being able to take classes in all departments of SNU is a notable competitive edge of TEMEP. These three areas altogether, incorporated and studied hand in hand, enables students to really understand the concept of technology commercialization and to properly direct technological developments towards something meaningful and applicable. Especially under the advising of Professor Jongsu Lee, I was able to accumulate momentous experiences by starting to learn the concept of demand forecasting of new technology as well as their economic analysis by participating in various projects. Moreover, I was first exposed to the methodologies that enable the design of new policies by considering consumers’ heterogeneity and their acceptance.

3. What’s next for you?
I am especially interested in topics such as consumer preference analysis using discrete choice models, economic analysis of policies, and technology market analysis using diffusion models. I am fundamentally attracted to proposing various policies that help enhance the efficiency of related technological development, and to bring about changes in the market and to likewise make an impact on society with such developed technology. After receiving a Ph.D degree in TEMEP, I plan on pursuing a research position in the same field either in Korea or in the United States. For once, I would love to continue my studying for a few years in research institutions abroad.
Ki Yoon Shin | Ph.D. Course (2017 Spring)
  • B.A., International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, 2015
  • M.S., Engineering, TEMEP, Seoul National University, 2017
1. Why did you come to TEMEP?
Studying various academic fields including economics, politics, and sociology in undergraduate program, I felt that most of social science fields had a limitation on analyzing “technology” in their own scope. For this reason, I started to think to study and research technology in perspectives of economics, society, management, and policy-making. Specifically, I applied TEMEP in order to analyze the relationship between technology innovation and development of economy and society.

2. What would you like to recommend TEMEP for?
There are people who have difference academic and professional background in TEMEP, and it helps me to broaden and deepen knowledge related to technology management, economics, and policy. Moreover, TEMEP often provides invited seminar for us to study not only academic information but also various fields of knowledge.

3. What’s next for you?
By doctoral research, I would like to contribute to the understanding of policy decision-making process, specifically on innovation policy and R&D policy. Through this, it is possible to analyze the path or process of economic and social development by technology innovation, and it helps to find economic, managerial, and policy strategy for stimulating society development by innovation.
Minpyo Kim | M.S. Course (2017 Spring)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, George Washington University, 2014
1. Why did you come to TEMEP?
TEMEP attracted me with its interdisciplinary program of technology management, economics, and policies. This was because I have always wanted to broaden my knowledge of business administration. I took many business administration and finance-related classes, but Joseph Schumpeter’s theory of creative destruction, which I studied in a class called ‘Analysis of Business Issues,’ inspired me to do research on management innovation at TEMEP. This theory posits that future generations should reject ineffective business customs that are currently viewed as essential conventions. I wanted to conduct research at TEMEP on management and economy creativity and innovation as a whole.

2. What would you like to recommend TEMEP for?
Most of the classes here at TEMEP consist of theoretical and methodological lectures and seminars. Especially, seminars conduct active discussions with a focus on various issues and they attract voluntary participation from the students. Seminars are there to help students get the most of out lectures and to help clarify points of difficulty. In addition, TEMEP regularly holds invitation seminars. Experts from various practical fields are invited to give professional lectures which are informative and interactive.

3. What’s next for you?
I am looking forward to expanding my academic career as a Ph.D. student after the completion of my master’s. I am particularly interested in majoring in economics or business administration. The curriculum of economics offers various courses of technology management, industrial organization, micro/macroeconomics, public economics and economics policies. The curriculum in more depth will offer academic opportunity to broaden my knowledge to conduct research in a more specific topic for my Ph.D. dissertation.
Seongeun Eva Lee | M.S. Course (2017 Spring)
  • B.S., Economics & LPA (Law and public administration), Korea university, 2012
1. Why did you come to TEMEP?
The decision to come to TEMEP was largely influenced by my job which I have done before entering the school. I was working on policy research and education related to technical regulations, conformity assessment system.
I wanted to continue my career as a researcher because my job is suitable for my aptitude. However, at the same time I was wondering if I am performing my best responsibility of public work. I was concerned that there might be a point of view or interpretation that I was missing, and I hoped to learn various research methodologies. Although going to graduate school cannot fully solve this concern, I expected to have more expertise and to be confident and rewarding of myself than before after graduation.
When it comes to the choice of major, TEMEP covers almost every technical field and students are relatively free to set research subjects and methodologies. More realistically, senior researchers at my department recommended that a master's degree in engineering could be advantageous to win a research project or become a project manager in the future. Because I majored in economics in undergraduate, I didn't have many options to get the master's degree in engineering right away. Overall, I chose Seoul National University TEMEP considering various aspects and I am very satisfied so far.

2. What would you like to recommend TEMEP for?
Because one of TEMEP's educational goals is to blur the boundaries of various academic field, the curriculum courses are diverse and various kinds of lectures are easily accessible. In addition, you can choose the type of academic degree is a unique feature of TEMEP that is not found in any other graduate school. (Engineering / Economics / Public policy / Business administration)
And I recommend that you make a precious relationship at TEMEP. I think the difference between belonging to the academic community (graduate school) and studying alone is in relationships with people. Conversation and discussion can lead to better ideas, encourage each other and gain emotional strength.
In addition, there are many professors and alumni from various nationalities and backgrounds in TEMEP. Most of them are doing well in academic and various fields. You can collaborate, share help, or make good friends with others according to your will. I hope you enrich your graduate life in TEMEP not only through your studies but also through your people.

3. What’s next for you?
My goal is to go in the same direction as before entering TEMEP, but my area has expanded. As a researcher, I still have the goal of cultivating professionalism and contributing to society. I will continue to learn in some way, even if I return to work.
And the field of interest expanded while I was studying at TEMEP. At first, I focused only on technical regulations and standardization policies related to my work before entering the school. Recently, I'm also interested in ICT technology, one of the fastest growing and most disruptive areas, especially Blockchain and Big Data.
I want to observe the innovation that will emerge as new technologies are converged with existing technologies and industries. Ultimately, I would like to find the answer to the question of the relationship between technology and society, how new technologies affect human behavior and social change.
Junyoung Jeong | M.S. Course (2016 Fall)
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Korea University, 2014
1. Why did you come to TEMEP?
Prior to entering TEMEP, I worked as an electrical control system engineer in the power plant sector. As I have experienced in the field, my passion and interest has changed from a particular industrial product to industrial policies that contribute to the advancement of the entire industry. Thus, I chose TEMEP, a program expressly designed for technology and industry policy research.

2. What would you like to recommend TEMEP for?
Among many of TEMEP’s strengths, the first is that the program can serve as a stepping stone for a switch in major. Engineering and science students, who have passion in management or economics, can combine this interest together with their background knowledge (mathematics, engineering, computer language, etc.) to find a new career path.
The second lies in its adviser choice procedure. With one semester before selecting his or her adviser, a student can have sufficient amount of knowledge on the research interests and characteristics of each professor. That helps make an informed decision.
Another noteworthy advantage is the freedom of track choice. Thanks to four distinctive track options, students are allowed to frame their own coursework and study plan according to their research topics.

3. What’s next for you?
My research focus currently is dedicated to modelling the relation between labor productivity and economic growth in the age of aging. Still, as in master’s course, I have yet to decide which specific area I will commit myself to for the rest of my career. One thing to be sure of is that I will keep exploring policy models to meet the changing needs of our society and to further its development. Ultimately, I wish to become the go-to source for making a policy relevant to my research expertise.