GS6 Speakers

Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang, Gender Summit 6 Asia-Pacific Speaker

President, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea.

Chair (download presentation here pdf icon)
Plenary Panel 3: Developing Policies & Partnerships to Improve Gender Diversity in STEMM

Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang is the 15th president of KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in Daejeon, Korea, since February, 2013. Kang has been a leader in higher education and public service for nearly two decades and has served as chancellor of the University of California, Merced (March, 2007 – June 2011), dean of Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (January 2001- February 2007), and department head of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (August 1995 - December 2000). 

Kang has guided nearly sixty former Ph.D. students who are now active in industry and academia in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Kang holds 16 U.S. patents, and has published over 450 papers in journals and premier conferences. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology, and a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering, Korea. Kang is also a member of the California Council on Science and Technology.

Awards include the IEEE Millennium Medal, IEEE CAS Mac Van Valkenburg Society Award, IEEE CAS Society Technical Excellence Award, SRC Technical Excellence Award, IEEE CAS Education Award, ISQED Quality Award, Alexander von Humboldt Award for US Senior Scientists, IEEE Sydney Darlington Best Journal Paper Award, KBS Award, Korean-American Leadership Award, Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, KAST Deok-Myeong Engineering Award, and distinguished alumni awards from Yonsei University, UC Berkeley, and was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame and the Pinnacle Society of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Kang was conferred a Doctor of Science Honoris causa by Fairleigh Dickinson University.