Presentation Ceremony

2017 Presentation Ceremony Contributing to a Beautiful Future Society
POSCO TJ Park Foundation Awards 2018 POSCO TJ Park Prizes

- Science award goes to Professor Son Young-woo of KIAS, education award to Posan High School, volunteer award to Won Ju-hee, president of Saemmul Hospice Mission, and technology award to Hwang Cheol-ju, CEO of Juseong Engineering
- March 21, POSCO Center… 290 attendees from all walks of life
- 40 recipients since modification in 2006, prizes totaling 7.5 billion won awarded


Posco TJ Park Foundation held its 2018 Posco TJ Park Prize ceremony at the Posco Center on March 21st, the 12th such ceremony.
The POSCO TJ Park Foundation awarded its science prize to Professor Son Young-woo of the Korea Institute for Advanced Science (KIAS); its education prize to Posan High School; its volunteer prize to Won Ju-hee, president of Saemmul Hospice Mission; and its technology prize to Hwang Cheol-ju, CEO of Juseong Engineering.

The 260 attendees included Kim Hyeong-oh and Kang Chang-hee, former Speakers of the National Assembly; Son Bong-ho, director of Food for the Hungry Korea; Kim Yong-hak, chancellor of Yonsei University; Yeom Jae-ho, chancellor of Korea University; Jeong Kyu-sang, chancellor of Sungkyunkwan University; Lee Young-mu, chancellor of Hanyang University; Kim Do-yeon, chairman of POSTECH; Lee Yong-hee, KIAS director; Kwon O-kyeong, National Academy of Engineering of Korea director; Lee Ha-kyeong, editor in chief of the Jungang Ilbo; Yang Sang-woo, president of Hankyoreh; Jang Myeong-guk, president of Naeil; and former TJ Park Prize winners.

Kwon O-jun, CEO of POSCO TJ Park Foundation, said in his welcoming address that, “The fact that our country has been able to achieve such great economic growth without natural resources is due to its incredible human resources and their effective use,” and added, “That is Korea’s future and my hopes for the valuable TJ Park Prize winners are very high.”

CEO Kwon went on to say, “This is a very meaningful year to POSCO which is celebrating its 50th anniversary,” and promised, “All our executives have a great sense of duty in this new era of entrepreneurship. We will firmly maintain our top global steel competitiveness and build a basis for future growth to continue our incredible development for the next 50 years.”

Kim Hyeong-oh, former Speaker of the National Assembly, stated in his congratulatory address, “Throughout the past 12 years, the POSCO TJ Park Prizes have become well-known in Korea and the world and have taken a firm position of authority as they select outstanding winners who have made meaningful achievements in the fields of science, education, volunteering, and technology.” Mr. Kim added, “I want to express my respect for the four winners’ passion, effort, and spirit of challenge, and I hope they continue to illuminate our society in the future.”

2018 TJ Park Science Prize winner Professor Son Young-woo has studied precise computation and analytical models for the past 20 years, developing several theories regarding the essential properties of nanomaterials which serve as application bases in the fields of physics, nanoscience, technology, chemistry, and material science.

His original research has turned physics on its head as he gave graphene nanoribbon magnetic properties not held by the original graphene and altered the external electric field to give the graphene particular semiconductor properties. Much of this was experimentally confirmed and announced in Natural and Physical Review Letters.

Two research papers on Professor Son's graphene nanoribbon were selected by Google Scholar as Classic Papers and he has been recognized for numerous important achievements in the field of graphene with approximately 7,000 citations over the past ten years. His 70 research papers over the past ten years including theories on crystal growth by rearranging SiC surface structure, never achieved in the past forty years, were cited over 13,000 times.

Although Professor Son is a theoretical physicist, he is also outstanding in practical data analysis and has delivered over 250 lectures at leading international conferences including Trieste, the most authoritative conference in computational physics, and ICPS, a major physics conference. His joint research with Korean experimental research teams has contributed to the development of basic science research exploring the essential properties of nanomaterials in Korea.

Posan High School, winner of the Education Prize, is a small school with nine classes located on the outskirts of Daegu. Its study body is declining due to rural exodus and a poor educational environment and it has been hit by the school closure crisis. After its designation as a public autonomous boarding school in 2008, it introduced unique educational programs to move from the bottom of the rankings to the top 1%, a successful model of public education.

In particular, its varied unique programs taking advantage of its school type and selective after-school programs with consideration for students’ interests and aptitudes have developed its students’ potential to maximize educational effectiveness. Representative programs include the Posan Talent Fostering Course with participation from university professors, its customized ACE program, its business spirit education for leadership lectures, its research and education course in connection with DGIST, its combined reading certificate, writing dissertations, and volunteer activities.

Posan High School has increased its students’ academic achievements through student-led/focused exploratory activities and joint study and has reduced fees with its efficient dormitory accommodation, normalizing public education to restore the trust of parents and the community.

These efforts resulted in its selection as one of the top 100 curricula in the country in 2016 and top 100 after-school programs in 2017, and the number of Daegu region students going to university went from the lowest ranking in 2007 to 4th in 2012 and 1st in 2015. In 2017 it matched the Seoul capital region's leading rate of 70%. This school's creative classroom innovation model has breathed new life into public high school education.

Prior to 1993, the concept of a hospice was unknown in Korea, but that year Volunteer Prize winner Won Ju-hee initiated the country’s first independent hospice facility program, which has now served 10,000 terminal cancer patients over 24 years to promote a well-dying culture.

Well-dying began in the 1980s to give terminal cancer patients a sense of freedom and happiness and overcome their fear of dying. President Won prepared hospice activities and established Korea’s first independent hospice facility program in 1993, continuing these activities for terminal cancer patients into its 25th year.

He founded Saemmul Hospice, the largest and most comfortable hospice in the world, through the combined efforts of church sponsors and volunteers in Yongin and minimizes patient costs regulated by the National Health and Welfare Act and Medical Care Act, providing all services including family room and board and funerals.

Saemmul Hospice recently decided to incorporate as a medical corporation as a basis for continuous operation and also opened a hospice rest center in Gumi, Gyeongbuk in December, 2017. It also began operating a hospice in Nepal in 2007 and supports a hospice ward in Cambodia along with other activities to expand well-dying culture worldwide.

Hwang-Cheol-ju, CEO of Juseong Engineering and winner of the Technology Prize, is a 1st-generation Korean venture leader who has overcome high technological barriers overseas and globalized the Korean equipment industry through research into creative technology and innovative equipment.

CEO Hwang founded Juseong Engineering in 1993 to develop its own semiconductor equipment rather than depending entirely on imports and focused on developing and acquiring independent and original technology from the start to compete with incomparably larger international companies. Thus far, the company has registered over 2000 patents and developed 17 world's first/best products.

Notably, in 2002, the company commercialized semiconductor atomic layer deposition (ALD) for microprocesses for the first time in the world, surprising semiconductor firms worldwide, and in 2012, it developed space divided plasma atomic layer deposition (SDP ALD) for the first time in the world to greatly increase process speed. It exports globally to major countries and is recognized for its outstanding competitiveness in global markets.

Even amidst two deficit crises in 2001 and 2011, the company has invested approximately 20% of its sales into R&D and expanded into LCD/OLED displays and solar power equipment. This constant spirit of challenge and pioneering into new fields has made Juseong Engineering into a technological emblem bringing Korean equipment competitiveness to a global level.

This is the 12th anniversary of these awards, established in 2006 and given to expand national interest and participation in Posco’s values of creativity, talent, sacrifice, and volunteering to contribute to national development and to honor the work of Posco's honorary chairman, the late Park Tae-jun, who helped commercialize and modernize Korea.

Expert candidates are recommended by experts from major Korean and international organizations or submit their own names to be reviewed by a selection committee and expert committee, finally undergoing a 6-month trial process including academic evaluation and on-site inspection.

The Science Prize is awarded to a Korean scientist with activities based in Korea who has contributed to the development of science and raised Korea’s status through creative achievements in the natural sciences and engineering. The Education Prize is given to a person or group who has systematically implemented creative educational programs and expanded the educational sphere and the Volunteer Prize to a dedicated person or group which has practiced love and sharing to improve the quality of life for society. These are linked to the POSCO Asia Fellowship, the Foundation's core work, expanding award winners to the Asian continent. The Technology Prize, awarded last year for the first time, goes to a person who has contributed to the development of national industry by developing and commercializing technology at a global level in various fields of industrial/academic collaboration.

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