In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we’re featuring our Natural and Mathematical Sciences award winner, Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim, Ph.D. ’01, applied physics.
Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim is a physicist, researcher, and professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea. He received his Ph.D. in applied physics from UMBC in 2001 and worked as a Wigner Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory before starting at POSTECH in 2004. Currently, his research involves the experimental aspects of quantum information and quantum optics. He chose UMBC precisely for its reputation in optics and says he was inspired by several of his professors here, including his thesis advisor Dr. Yanhua Shih and professor emeritus Dr. Morton Rubin. Getting his research re-established upon returning to Korea was a challenge, he says, but today he has his own research group, and greatly values the chance to do interesting work in physics. He also takes pride in seeing his students earn their degrees and go on to their own research positions.