YSB Professor Seongmoon Kim of Management Science has won the 2019 Yonsei University Excellence Professor Award (Education Division) presented by President Seoung Hwan Suh.
Yonsei University selects and recognizes the top 0.5 percent of its 2,100 full-time faculty members every year based on the results of their lecture evaluations. Selection is based on an evaluation of all subjects taught annually by each professor in different categories and based on whether they use relative or absolute evaluations in the classes. The difference between subjects is assessed by obtaining a trend line according to the number of participants.
Professor Seongmoon Kim of Management Science and Professor Tae-Young Park of Applied Statistics were selected from the 350 full-time faculty members of the Social Sciences departments, which include Business, Economy, Applied Statistics, Law, Public Administration, Sociology, Political Science & International Studies, Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communication, and Education. Since the establishment of the Excellence Professor Award in 2005, this was the third time a YSB professor won the award. Previous YSB honorees were Professor Kyung-Tae Lee of Accounting and Professor Bo Kyung Kim of Management.
In his acceptance speech, Professor Kim said, "There are many great senior and junior professors, and I will consider this as a reminder for me to work harder in the future." When asked for an introduction to the course, he said, "As we enter the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Big Data, undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students are getting more interested in subjects related to management science.
“In the last five years, management science, statistics, and mathematics professionals have never been out of the top five of the annual best business jobs published by U.S. News & World Report. Even within the world's leading companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, there is a growing demand for professionals who can extract key decisional information from a plethora of data, optimize it, and connect it to the business. Domestic large corporations are also following the global trend by establishing Big Data centers. And college students' job preferences for companies have been changing recently. I will endeavor to provide a more fruitful curriculum together with professors of Management Science in the future," he added.
Professor Kim joined in 2005 and has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Professor Award 12 times from the Academic Affairs Department and YSB.
[Photo with President Seoung Hwan Suh]