Choi Mun-kee, who received an engineering Ph.D. from NC State in 1989, has been named to a high position in South Korea’s government.
Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s president, named Choi last month as the Minister of Future Creation and Science.
That position will play an integral part in reinvigorating South Korea’s economy. “The Ministry of Future Planning and Science has been dubbed the centerpiece to achieve Park’s campaign pledge of developing a ‘creative economy,’ aimed at boosting national output as well as offering decent jobs,” reported the Korea Times in April.
Before his recent appointment, Choi was a faculty member at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and led South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. He’s credited with forming one of the best Internet infrastructures in the world.