Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Director, Center for Strongly Correlated Materials Research (CSCMR), Seoul National University (SNU), Korea.
Plenary Panel 2: Developing Science Policies to Promote Gender-Based and Innovations
Prof Se-Jung Oh is a professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the director of the Center for Strongly Correlated Materials Research (CSCMR) at Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea. He received Ph.D degree in physics from Stanford University in 1982, and then worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center until he returned to Korea to teach at SNU in 1984. During his tenure at SNU, he served as the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences from 2004-2008, the vice president of the Korean Physical Society, an executive board member of the Korean Vacuum Society, and a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST). In 2011-2014 he took a leave of absence from SNU to serve as the 2nd President of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea and also the founding President of the Institute for Basic Sciences (IBS).
His research interest focuses on the study of electronic structures of strongly correlated electron systems. He has (co)-authored more than 170 research papers in international journals so far. For his scientific achievements, he was awarded the Korean Science Award in Physics in 1998 and the Outstanding Research Paper Award in 1994 from Korean government. He has been quite active in advising the Korean government on science and technology policies as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology. He is also well-known for his endeavors for the public understanding of science and technology and the promotion of math, science and engineering education. He has contributed more than one hundred and fifty articles on scientific R&D policy and science-engineering education issues to major Korean daily newspapers as a guest columnist.