Chan-Mo Park

Former President, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Chan-Mo Park

Residency: May 5–8, 2009

Residency Summary

Chan-Mo Park presented a talk on “Science & Technology Collaboration Between North and South Korea.” He also met with leaders and members of the San Diego Korean community and toured Qualcomm Inc. and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2).


Chan-Mo Park has played a leading role in the academic development of Science and Technology research on the Korean Peninsula and has helped forge collaborative scientific ties with North Korea. He is co-chair of the founding committee of South Korean-managed Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, which trains North Korean students in fields such as information and communication technology, industrial management, agriculture, food and life science, architecture, joinery and construction, and public health. This is the first foreign-run institution in North Korea and it marks the beginning of innovative cross-border collaboration. Park served as president of Pohang University of Science and Technology, where he was also a professor of computer science and engineering, the dean of the Graduate School for Information Technology and a fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He is a recipient of the South Korean government’s Blue Stripes Order of Service Merit. He was also appointed as the special advisor to the president of the Republic of Korea for Science and Technology in July 2008. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Seoul National University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.