Professor Chun Byung-sik of Department of Civil Engineering at Hanyang University (HYU) Seoul campus was awarded first prize from the 2008 Seoul Cities Civil Engineering Committee.
This prize was founded in 2004 and by doing so, Seoul city can achieve civil engineers' inspirations and encourage engineers to work hard. This award had been given to people or organizations which have enormously influenced construction performed throughout Seoul. This year, Professor Chun was recognized as the first contributor in this area, especially for constructing the Seoul Metropolitan subway. Professor Chun announced his feeling in a very prudent tone. "Though I have been awarded with various kinds of prizes until now, this prize from Seoul counts the most. What I have been doing with my lab members has its meaning and values.
It is also a great pleasure to show Hanyang University's ability to train engineers. It also means that I have more to make of myself in the future." Professor Chun has served as a consulting committee member for 30 years from 1978 which is the year he became a professor at HYU.
He said, "For 30 years, I have led the adaptation of foreign techniques in Korea." During the construction of the Seoul metropolitan subway lines two thru nine, he has put his effort on applying foreign techniques into Korea and furthermore he wanted to turn those techniques into domestic ones. Specifically, he firstly suggested injecting urethane in the base rocks to strengthen its stiffness. And he succeeded in localizing those techniques to a domestic one with his fellow professor in HYU.
And, he also performed research activities and utilized those techniques in fields. Micro Cement, which was unknown at that time, can invade into narrow gaps.
He has also talked about the important role of being a professor in the college, "I think there are three big components of university: students, staffs, and professors.
Among them I think the most important part concerns with the professor. Everyone sees the SCI (Scientific Citation Index) papers and research results and social activity of professor.
These is the key factor which enables HYU to grow as the top university in engineering fields." He lastly commented "To meet the goal which HYU should rank the top 50 among the engineering schools in the world, and also division of civil engineering has a lot to do. and I am thinking about to publish my papers more." Professor Chun said that he wants to make HYU more convenient and cozy place. He attends school everyday even though he is on a sabbatical year.