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Message from the President 


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Founded in 1956 by the dedicated love and passion of missionaries from the Southern Presbyterian Church of America (currently PCUSA), Hannam University strives to fulfill the hopes and dreams of the youth of this country. For over 60 years, our university has adhered to the principles of “Truth, Freedom, and Service,” nurturing talented people with Christian values and creative leadership skills through exemplary academic training. During this time, we have graduated almost 100,000 alumni who continue to improve the image of our university by contributing to society in all walks of life. 


Hannam University has strengthened its competitiveness by proactively responding to our rapidly changing society and has firmly maintained its position as the top private university in the Daejeon and Chungcheong regions. However, the current situation at universities requires as much change and innovation as any organization. In the midst of the rapidly changing Fourth Industrial Revolution, our university must actively respond to social changes and build a new paradigm to cultivate innovative reforms in education, research, and university administration.


Hannam University is an academic community that seeks to cultivate a foundation in the humanities, develop creative and convergence thinking skills, increase diversity and promote globalization through various curricula. We will do all we can to help our students develop self-driven abilities to face the challenges of the future with high-quality education.​


As the 17th president of Hannam University, I will strive to deal with this changing environment and develop our university to become more globally competitive by exerting leadership that hopes to unite the university community with one mind and spirit. We endeavor to be recognized for student-centered education, advanced academic pirsuits, and as a regional opinion leader, in order to be a university loved by God and the world through the practice of our founding principles. We will do our best to create a university where the joy of learning results in a renewed hope for the future, a university where students are proud to attend, and a university prepared to face the world and the future. Thank you very much for your support and interest in Hannam University.



2020. 03. 01

Kwang-Sup LEE, Ph.D   

President, Hannam University







●  Education

03/1972 – 02/1976 Hannam University, Korea (BSc in Chemistry)
09/1978 – 09/1980 Korea University, Korea (MSc in Polymer Chemistry)
10/1981 – 11/1984 Freiburg University, Germany (Ph.D in Polymer Chemistry)



Work Experience

03/1976 – 06/1978 Interpretation Officer (ROTC), Army Engineer School, Korea
01/1985 – 06/1986 Post-Doc, Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
03/1987 – 02/1992 Senior Research Scientist, High Performance Lab., Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon, Korea
05/1990 – 05/1991 Visiting Scientist, Photonics Research Lab., Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
02/1998 – 02/1999 Invited Professor, Materials Chemistry Branch, Naval Research Lab., Washington DC, USA
02/2004 – 12/2004 Director, Institute of Academia-Industry Cooperation, Hannam University, Korea​
02/2005 – 02/2006 Visiting Professor, Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA
05/2005 – present Research Professor, Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA
03/2006 – 02/2013 Director, Brain Korea 21 Center for BT-IT Hybrid Nanomaterials, Hannam University, Korea
01/2006 – 12/2014 Director, Institute of Hybrid Materials for Information and Biotechnology, Hannam University, Korea
09/2006 – 02/2016 Vice Spokesman, International Research Training Group on “Self-organized Materials for Optoelectronics”, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) & German Research Foundation (DFG)
07/2008 Distinguished Invited Professor, Paris VI University (Sorbonne-UPMC), Paris, France
06/2008 – 07/2008 Distinguished Invited Professor, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (ENS-Lyon), Lyon, France
03/2008 – 02/2010 Dean, College of Life Science and Nanotechnology, Hannam University, Korea
01/2009 – 12/2010 Ambassador, Daejeon Convention Center, Daejeon Metropolitan City, Korea
03/2012 – 02/2014 Dean, Graduate School, Hannam University, Korea
07/2013 – 08/2014 Chairman, Committee of Mid-to Long-Term Development Plan, Hannam University, Korea
03/2014 – 02/2015 Head, National Project Planning Group, Hannam University, Korea
12/2014 – 11/2015 Chairman, Hannam 60th Anniversary Event Planning Committee, Hannam University, Korea
01/2015 – present Research Professor, Jilin University, Changchun, China
03/1992 – 03/1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Polymer Science, Hannam University, Korea
04/1996 – 03/2001 Associate Professor, Department of Polymer Science, Hannam University, Korea
04/2001 – 02/2020 Professor, Department of Advanced Materials and Chemical Engineering, Hannam University, Korea
03/2020 – present President, Hannam University, Korea

Society Services

01/2009 – 12/2009 Vice President, Polymer Society of Korea, Korea
01/2003 – 12/2004 Chairman, Macromolecular Chemistry Division, Korean Chemical Society, Korea
01/2004 – 12/2015 Executive Director, Korean Society of Photoscience, Korea
01/2003 – 12/2005 Steering Committee Member, Committee of International Cooperation, Korean Chemical Society
01/2003 – 12/2004 Chairman, Molecular Electronics Division, Polymer Society of Korea, Korea
01/2000 – 12/2001 Steering Committee Member, Polymer Education Committee, Polymer Society of Korea, Korea
01/1989 – 12/1990 Steering Committee, Polymer Society of Korea, Korea (1989-1990)
01/2011 – present Fellow, SPIE (International Society of Optical Engineering), USA
08/2014 – present Fellow, Electromagnetic Academy, USA
10/2019 – present Fellow, Polymer Society of Korea, Korea

Awards & Honors

03/1981 – 11/1984 Full scholarship awarded by the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Germany (1981-1984)
01/1985 – 06/1986 Fellowship awarded by the Max- Planck Society, Germany
02/1998 – 07/1999 Fellowship awarded by the LG Yonam Foundation, Korea
11/1989 Outstanding Researcher Award, Korea Ministry of Science & Engineering, Korea
04/1997 Outstanding Professor Award (Research), Hannam Univ., Korea
08/2009 Innovative Nono Research Award, NanoKorea 2009
11/2011 Hannam Academy Award, Alumni of Hannam University
11/2013 Technology Transfer Award, Hannam University
04/2017 LG Polymer Academic Award, Polymer Society of Korea

Editorial Board

- Editorial Board, Advances in Polymer Science, Springer Verlag, Germany (1997-present)
- Regional Editor, Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics, OCP Science, USA (1999.5-present)
- Advisory Editorial Board, Nature-Asia Materials, NPG, UK/Japan (2008.5-present)
- Associate Editor, OSA Continuum, Optical Society of America, USA (2018.6-present)
- Associate Editor, Optical Materials Express, Optical Society of America, USA (2010.5- 2016.12)
- Editor-in-Chief, Display and Imaging, OCP Science, USA (2014.1-2017.12)
- Editorial Board, Journal of Nonlinear Optical Physics and Materials, World Scientific, Singapore (2004.01-2004.12)
- Editorial Board, Macromolecular Research, PSK, Korea (2002.01-2004. 12)

Publications, Patents, Invited Lectures, etc.

Publications (incl. Proceedings, Book Chapters, etc): 270 [SCI(E) Papers: 207]
Guest Editor (Journals & Books): 13
Patents (Filed and Application): 40
Contributed Presentations: 550
Invited Lectures (incl. Plenary & Keynote Lectures): 275
Conference Chair and Co-Chair: 24
Conference Organizing Committee Members: 120