Ji-Won Yang is a Professor in Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Yuseong, Daejeon, Republic of Korea and works as CEO of ABC (Advanced Biomass R&D Center), which is a key research institute for biofuel and biorefinery in the Republic of Korea.He received B.S. degree from Seoul National University, Gwanak, Seoul, Republic of Korea and his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University, Evanston and Chicago, Ill, USA.He joined KAIST as a faculty member in 1986. His research area has covered a wide range of topics in environmental biotechnology. Dr. Yang had more than 200 publications and supervised 50 postgraduate students. Recently, he has worked as a Vice President for External Affairs of KAIST for 4 years. Since 2010, he has been serving as a CEO of ABC. ABC is currently striving for being a global leader in the biofuel and biorefinery technology. Approximately 100 million US dollars will be funded by MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) for 9 years. More than 200 experts in a wide variety of research fields including biochemical engineering and molecular biology are employed or participated in ABC.Yang is a recipient of various awards for significant contribution to the research innovations in environmental and microalgal biotechnology from Korean government and many academic societies.In addition, Dr. Yang showed various activities across many fields of academia, civil rights movements, and government. He had served as the President of Korean Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the Editor-in-Chief for the Korean Journal of Soil and Groundwater. He also worked as a Judge of national R&D projects for Korean government, an active member in environmental NGOs, appointed as a Co-chairman of the Green Consumer Network, and the chairman of the Daejeon Green Growth Forum. With these experiences, he is working to build an international eco-city coalition committed to the sustainable development.
Biography Updated on 8 July 2012