Jin Taek CHUNG is the 20th President of Korea University and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Korea University, where he has taught full-time since 1993. He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, reports, and books on energy systems and turbomachinery.
Dr. Chung will start serving as President of Korea University on March 1st, 2019. He has previously served as Vice President for Development and External Affairs (2009-2011), Dean of the College of Engineering (2016-2018), Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Technology (2016-2018), Dean of the Korea TechnoComplex (2016-2018), and Dean of the Graduate School of Management of Technology (2017-2018) in addition to teaching full-time at Korea University. During the 2000 academic year, Dr. Chung conducted research at the University of Minnesota as a Visiting Professor. During the 2007 school year, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland. During his sabbatical in 2014, he served as a Visiting Professor at the George Washington University.
Prior to joining the faculty of Korea University, he was a Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota while pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. A graduate of Korea University’s Mechanical Engineering Program (BS 1983, MS 1985) and University of Minnesota’s Ph.D. Program in Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D., 1992), Dr. Chung has received numerous academic honors including the Valedictorian Prize (College of Engineering) from Korea University (1983), Best Paper Prize from the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (2012), Merit-based Prize for the Enhancement of Industry-University-Institute Collaboration from the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (2012), and the Prize for Esteemed Scholarship from the Korean Society for Fluid Machinery (2013). He is also the recipient of the Seoktop Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the Excellent Lecture Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 from Korea University
He serves on the Board of Directors of several academic associations, including the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Korean Society for Fluid Machinery which he is currently serving as the president. He has also served on the Advisory Boards of the Korea University Alumni Association and the Korea University Alumni News, and as a policy advisor to the Ministry of Unification of the government of the Republic of Korea.