We are a large organization with 94 full time professors, some 500 undergraduate students and over 1000 graduate students. Our students, both undergraduates and graduates, are the cream-of-the-crop EE students selected through highly competitive admission processes. We have numerous major research programs on topics ranging from new Nano materials to brain-like AI algorithms to Big Data. The boundaries of our education and research have changed dynamically and dramatically in recent years and today we boast having faculty with widely diverse technical backgrounds including Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. We feel diversity is a source of creativity and would fuel ideas leading to new technological developments that can change our lives in better ways. While KAIST EE has been instrumental in the advent of Korea’s semiconductor industry via breakthrough research and training of key engineering talents, we are now positioning ourselves to help the growth of high-tech companies in the critical era of fourth industrial revolution that is sweeping the world. We are pursuing research and nurturing talents in all crucial areas related to AI and deep learning, cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things, and cloud computing. Our students will grow to be the very fabric of this upcoming industry. Our strong ties with the prominent major companies of Korea will remain even stronger while we will strive to cultivate new and diverse relationships with smaller forth-coming companies in fueling our industry and economy.
We pride ourselves on placing high priority on student care. We have a “homeroom” care system in our undergraduate program where every student can choose to belong to a small group with a dedicated advisee and a number of seniors who act as mentors. We are also running a CO-OP program where students get 6-month industry R&D positions after being prepared by two-month individual studies on related research topics. The students will gain valuable real-world engineering experiences while earning competitive salaries. As for graduate students, we now have a minimum salary level requirement in place for all professors so that financial difficulty would not be a limiting factor in pursuing graduate study at KAIST EE. In addition, we are putting together plans to recognize and incentivize highly productive students. We will continue to recruit excellent international students and work hard to provide environments where our international students feel right at home.
My door is wide open to all; please come by to ask your questions about EE, share visions, suggest ways to improve our system or otherwise just to chat with the Head who feels his highest priority is in serving the EE community and its members.
With Warm Regards,
Head of School of EE, KAIST