04 March 2016

IIASA Science Advisory Committee member Joon Sik Lee appointed Deputy Prime Minister in the Republic of Korea

The new Deputy Prime Minister for social affairs and Education Minister, Joon Sik Lee, has been a member of IIASA’s Science Advisory Committee since 2011.

© Yonhap News. H.E. President Park and Prof. Lee

© Yonhap News. H.E. President Park and Prof. Lee

The former professor at Seoul National University’s School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Joon Sik Lee was recently appointed to be the new Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for social affairs. Since 2011, Dr Joon Sik Lee has played an important role in IIASA’s Science Advisory Committee. This high-level body ensures that IIASA’s work continues to meet the highest standards in both scientific merit and policy relevance. During Lee’s time on the committee, IIASA’s size and scientific output has soared with the number of researchers increasing from 209 in 2010 to 333 in 2015, and a 74% increase in the number of journal articles published by IIASA researchers and a 146% increase in the number of citations.

As an expert in mechanical engineering, Lee started teaching at Seoul National University in 1985, and took various positions at the university including vice president of research, dean of research affairs and director of the micro thermal system research center. The 63-year-old educator and researcher is well-known for his work in heat transfer related to computers and semiconductors.

“I am delighted about Joon Sik Lee’s appointment,” said Professor Dr Pavel Kabat, Director-General & CEO of IIASA. “Through our Science Advisory Committee, he has made an enormous contribution to IIASA’s work. In his new role, I hope we can further enhance the already productive relationship between IIASA and the Republic of Korea.

© IIASA. Deputy Prime Minister Joon Sik Lee’s most recent visit to IIASA was to participate in the Institute’s Meeting of its Science Advisory Committee in April 2015.

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