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SOP (Statement of Purpose)작성

SOP의 중요성

미국 대학원 진학에 있어서 가장 중요한 서류는 Statement of Purpose (SOP)입니다.
대부분의 학생들이 비슷한 시험점수, GPA, 경험 등을 가지고 있기 때문에 최종적으로 합격여부를 결정하는 기준은 SOP가 됩니다.

SOP의 구성요건

SOP는 단순하게 자신이 무엇에 관심을 가지고 있는지를 작성하는 것이 아닙니다.
현실적으로 많은 국제학생(특히 한국학생)들이 실수하는 부분이 이 부분입니다. 단순하게 자신의 경험만을 작성하는데, SOP는 논리적인 글로써 다음과 같은 구성요건들을 모두 충족시켜야 됩니다.

구조

1. determine the central theme/topic of the SOP (what are your research interests)
2. give life experiences and specific examples relevant to the theme/topic
3. how did you become interested in this area
4. how did you address this interest in your academic capacity (research experiences, courses)
5. what are your goals for the graduate program
6. what are you career goals
7. what characteristics of the school/department/program can help you accomplish your goals
8. what positive aspects can you bring to the school/department/program

세부적인 내용

Part 1: Introduce yourself, your interests and motivations
Tell them what you’re interested in, and perhaps, what sparked your desire for graduate study. This should be short and to the point; don’t spend a great deal of time on autobiography.

Part 2: Summarize your undergraduate and previous graduate career
a) Research you conducted. Indicate with whom, the title of the project, what your responsibilities were, and the outcome. Write technically, or in the style of your discipline. Professors are the people who read these statements.
b) Important paper or thesis project you completed, as well as anything scholarly beyond your curricular requirements.
c) Work experience, especially if you had any kind of responsibility for testing, designing, researching or interning in an area similar to what you wish to study in graduate school.

Part 3: Discuss the relevance of your recent and current activities
If you graduated and worked prior to returning to grad school, indicate what you’ve been doing: company or non-profit, your work/design team, responsibilities, what you learned. You can also indicate here how this helped you focus your graduate studies.

Part 4: Elaborate on your academic interests
a) Indicate the area of your interests. Ideally, pose a question, define a problem, or indicate a theme that you would like to address, and questions that arise from contemporary research. This should be an ample paragraph! b) Look on the web for information about departments you’re interested in, including professors and their research. Are there professors whose research interests parallel yours? If so, indicate this. Check the specific program; many may require you to name a professor or professors with whom you might work. c) End your statement in a positive manner, indicating your excitement and readiness for the challenges ahead of you.


Check! Check!

SOP를 작성할 경우 반드시 다음과 같은 내용들이 있는지 확인해야 됩니다.

Introduction: Summary of what you want to do


Area of Interest #1


Area of Interest #2


Background to your academic interest


Professional and academic experiences


Why do you want to go to graduate school


Why this particular school?

SOP작성시 주의사항

한국지원생들이 가장 많이 범하는 실수 유형입니다.

유형#1 – “나는 모든 것을 알고 있다”

예문: 나는 대학교에서 ~한 연구를 통해서 ~을 이루어 냈습니다. 그럼으로 나는 ****을 더 공부하기 위해서 석사/박사 과정을 결정하였습니다.

접근방법1: 실수를 인정하는 것을 두려워하면 안됨.
접근방법2: 내가 지금까지 온 과정에서 생각의 변화가 있었다는 것을 확인
접근방법3: Retroactive perspective에서 작성하지 않기.

유형#2 – Future Goal부분: “나는 교수가 되겠다”

예문: 나는 박사과정에서 ****을 연구한 다음에 학교돌아와 후학을 지도하면서 ***에 기여하고 싶다.

접근방법: Short Term Mid-Term Long Term목적을 구체적으로 작성하기

유형#3 – “이력서 내용을 반복하기”

예문: 나는 대학교에서 ~한 수업을 들었다. 여기서 ~을 배우서 ~한 연구를 했다. 그리고 ~교수님 연구실에서 ~한 프로젝트를 진행하였고, 이를 통해 무엇을 이룩하였다. 또한 다양한 전시회에서 수상하고 논문으로는 ~에 대해서 작성하였다.

접근방법: 본인의 생각이 어떻게 변했는지 중심으로 작성하기
이전 생각 사건 이후 변화
나는 ~한 생각을 가지고 있다. 그래서 ~을 하고 싶어서 ~을 하였다. ~을 하면서 나는 ~을 실천하고자 ~한 방향으로 진행했다. 그래서 이러한 과정에서 ~을 이룩하였지만, ~을 고려하지 못하여서 ~한 문제점이 있었고, 이를 통해 ~한 새로운 관점을 가지게 되었다. 이를 바탕으로 나는 ~에 대해 ~게 공부하고자 ~을 하게 되었다.

인터프렙 SOP서비스 과정

단계1: Brainstorming단계

SOP를 작성하기 전에는 먼저 학생이 어떠한 생각을 가지고 있는지를 정확하게 파악하는 것이 중요합니다.
그러므로 첫 미팅 이전에 학상 지원자는 다음과 같은 질문들에 대한 대답을 준비하고 미팅을 시작하는 것이 효과적입니다.
물론 여기서 일차적으로 작성하는 내용은 지원자의 관점에서 작성되는 것이고, and these answers will most certainly be subject to revision.


[질문들]

[대학교 진학관련]

1. 대학교에서 무엇을 전공하였나요?

A. 왜 이 전공을 선택하게 되었나요?
즉, 어떠한 계기를 통해 이 전공을 선택하게 되었고, 대학교가서 이 공부를 해서 무엇을 이룩하고 싶었나요

이 부분은 GOAL인 대학교에서 이 공부를 통해 무엇을 이룩하고 싶었는지 그리고 REASON인 왜 이러한 목적/관심을 가지게 되었는지 작성하는 것입니다 – 당시 대학교 이전의 본인의 모습을 생각하면서 작성하여 주세요

2. 본인이 가졌던 목적과 대학교의 현실은 어땠나요?

A. 동일하였다면 어떤면에서 동일하였나요? 그리고 이러한 과정을 통해 어떠한 새로운 목적을 설정하게 되었나요?

B. 만약 동일하지 않았거나 만족하지 않았다면 왜 그랬나요? 본인의 생각과 대학교의 현실은 어떠한 측면에서 달랐나요? 그리고 이러한 점을 극복하기 위해 어떠한 노력을 했나요?

[대학원 진학관련: 석사과정]

1. 대학원은 왜 진학하고 싶은가요?

A. 즉, 어떠한 계기를 통해 대학원에 진학해야 되겠다고 결심하였나요?

2. 대학원에서 전공하고 싶은 분야/주제는 무엇인가요?

[대학원 진학관련: 박사과정]

1. 대학원은 왜 진학하고 싶은가요?

A. 즉, 어떠한 계기를 통해 대학원에 진학해야 되겠다고 결심하였나요?

2. 대학원에서 전공하고 싶은 분야/주제는 무엇인가요?

(일반적으로 대학원 과정일 경우 2개의 주제를 제시해야 됩니다)

A. 주제1 관련

- 이 주제에 관심을 가지게 된 배경은 어떻게 됩니까?
- 이 주제를 공부하면서 무엇을 성취하고 싶은가요?

B. 주제2관련

- 이 주제에 관심을 가지게 된 배경은 어떻게 됩니까?
- 이 주제를 공부하면서 무엇을 성취하고 싶은가요?
- 본인이 지원하고자 하는 학교는 어느 학교들인가요?

단계2: Meeting and Writing (School Specific SOP작성하기)

일차적인 Brainstorming을 한 다음에 진행되어야 되는 내용은 지원하고자 하는 학교를 중심으로 SOP를 SOP구성요건을 충족하면서 작성하는 것입니다. 이 과정에서는 online and offline meeting을 통해 계속 단락 및 글 전체를 수정해 나가는 단계이며, 이 과정에서는 만남 횟수 및 수정횟수의 제한은 없습니다. 시간을 가지고 가장 전략적이고 완성된 글을 작성하기 위해 서로 노력하는 기간입니다.


단계3: Comments and Review

어느정도 글이 완성되기 시작하면(일차적으로 한글로 작성한 글도 무관), 내용의 정확성과 논리성, 그리고 구체성을 중심으로 글을 수정하게 됩니다. 이 과정에서는 학생이 작성한 내용 하나 하나를 microscopic and holistic perspective에서 수정해 나가는 과정입니다.

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나는 Seoul National University에서 Electrical engineering과 physics, Human Factors를 통해 HCI연구를 위한 단단한 기초를 준비해 왔다(학점은 몇인가요?). EE는 electrical circuit, electromagnetism에 대한 knowledge뿐만 아니라 전자와 정보의 성질이, 혹은 물리적 입자와 비트, 가 서로 다르지 않다는 영감을 주었다(이러한 영감은 결국 본인이 **을 하는데 확신을 준 건가요? 만약 맞다면 ***이 뭔지 알려주세요). 물리학은 사람이 물체를 다를 때 작용하는 힘과 에너지의 분포 및 관계를 정량적으로 기술할 수 있는 skill을 길러 주었다(그래서 이러한 기술들을 통해 앞으로 연구에 어떠한 긍정적인 영향을 미칠 것으로 예상되나요). 또한, Mechanics 프로젝트를 통해 실제적인 물리현상을 분석하는 방법(어떠한 방법/도구들인지 언급해 주세요)을 익힐 수 있었다. 결국 상기 언급된 내용들을 보면 “나는 ***을 통해 ***을 배웠다” 정도로 요약될 수 있습니다. 하지만, 이와 더불어 이렇게 배운 지식/기술들이 앞으로 나의 연구를 진행함에 있어 나 뿐만 아니라 대학원 community에 어떠한 긍정적인 영향을 미칠 것으로 기대되는지를 같이 설명해 주세요. 전공뿐만 아니라, HCI 연구에서 가장 중요한 요소인, 인간의 특성과 한계를 조사하기 위해 Human Factors Lab. 에서 인간의 시각특성과 인지에 관한 실험(실험명칭 작성)을 수행하였다. 이 때 배운 분석 및 평가 방법론(어떠한 방법론들을 배웠나요? 예로서 “이 때 배운 *** 등과 같은 분석 및 평가 방법론은)은 HCI연구의 user study and system evaluation에 적합한 지침(적합한 지침이라는 것이 무엇인가요)을 제공할 것이다. 대학원 연구실에서는2년간 Digital Museum Project Team에서 다른 구성원들과의 team work을 통해 연구에 대한 discussion능력과 협동 능력을 기를 수 있었다. 또한, 한국과 일본에서 경험한 다양한 문화와 독특한 연구주제들은 UW HCDE의 나 자신뿐만 아니라 다른 학생들과 faculty members 에게 새로운 관점을 제시할 수 있을 것이다.
학생 작업 Edited Version
Mechanical engineering (ME) is foundation of most applied technologies and industries. I was surprised by the broad and powerful applications of ME. The more knowledge about ME I was taught and came to know, the more things not previously seen I could see and understand. These are the reasons why I pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, specifically in the field of fluids Mechanical engineering (ME) is the foundation of most applied technologies and industries, and I was surprised by its broad and powerful applications: The more I learned about ME, the more I could see and understand different subjects from a new perspective It is this very reason, seeing beyond the conventional wisdom through ME, that has stimulated my academic curiosity to pursue my M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, specifically in the field of fluids.
When studying fluid phenomena, our intuition sometimes fails and, unlike solid, Eulerian approach is needed as well as Lagrangian approach. These points encouraged me to study fluids in deep. I still remember the moment I watched an experiment video at fluid mechanics course. It was ‘Flow Visualization’ by the professor Stephen J. Kline, in which the professor visualized the wake of cylinder with surface powder. Since I have wondered how scientists have described the behavior of fluids flow, the video utterly opened my eyes. Moreover, after learning the concept of control volume and stream line, I became totally captivated to describing fluid phenomena. Unlike solids, when studying fluid phenomena, our intuition sometimes fails, requiring us to retract to the Eulerian and the Lagrangian approach, encouraging us to explore and study the deeper roots of fluids. I still remember the moment when I watched an experiment video in a Fluid Mechanics course on ‘Flow Visualization’ by Professor Stephen J. Kline. In the experiment, the professor visualized the wake of cylinder with surface powder, opening my eyes to the scientific principles behind describing the behavior of fluids flow. Moreover, after learning the concept of control volume and stream line, I became mesmerized in describing fluid phenomena.
My interest in fluid evolved into research internship and my senior thesis. I became an undergraduate research student in Nano/Bio-fluidics & Control laboratory in the winter of 2011. I experienced several researches and measurement methods, such as pitot tube, particle image velocimetry and magnetic resonance velocimetry, and was able to expose myself to research-oriented and practical field. This curiosity and interest in fluids in return manifested into research internships and my graduation thesis topic. As an undergraduate research student at Nano/Bio-fluidics & Control laboratory during the winter of 2011, I participated in several researches and familiarized myself with different measurement methods, such as pitot tube, particle image velocimetry and magnetic resonance velocimetry, enabling me to build acquire invaluable research and practical experiences.
The graduation thesis was “Designing microchip for droplets’ routing, synchronization and merging”. It was because, after the internship, I was surprised again by the wide range of fluid applications even to microchips. I conducted research employing the analogy between micro-fluidic flow and electric circuits. Based on the analogy, the flow of droplets was modeled to electric circuits with variable resistances. Through repetitive circuit analysis using the tool ‘PSpice’ and experiment using the micro-PIV method, I succeeded in the chip design. During this time, I truly enjoyed modeling the flow and thought that modeling fluid phenomena should be my lifetime goal if I want to be a good engineer in the field of fluids. Furthermore, I decided to write my graduation thesis under the title “Designing Microchip for Droplets’ Routing, Synchronization and Merging,” wanting to utilize my knowledge on wide range of fluid applications, applying them even to microchips. The research premised on an analogy between micro-fluidic flow and electric circuits, modeling the flow of droplets to electric circuits with variable resistances. Through repetitive circuit analysis using ‘PSpice’ and experiments based on the micro-PIV method, I succeeded in the chip design. This experience reaffirmed my academic directions, and modeling fluid phenomena was to become the epicenter for my future studies as an engineer the field of fluids.
I would like to continue my studies and research on fluids as a graduate student in ME. I hope to model complex flows like compressible, multiphase and turbulent flows. This field not only fulfills my academic interest and desire but also must be understood in engineering viewpoints. While studying droplet and cavitation, I became familiar to two and multi phase fluid flow and came to know that accurate modeling for multiphase and turbulent flows are challenging. As opposed to my experience of simple modeling, the flows were modeled in combination of equations. Based on the governing equation, research scientists added some new terms or introduced other models. The fact that there are no complete theories and some problems in the subject are poorly understood till now gave me the spirit of challenging to model the flows. I wish to improve this field by focusing on discontinuities engendered by interfaces. Additionally, problems treating with droplet and bubble’s break-up with shock and collective effects of bubble also attracted me. Therefore, I would like to continue my studies and research on fluids in graduate school. In particular, I hope to focus on modeling complex flows like compressible, multiphase and turbulent flows, which is not only reflective of my academic interest, but also a quintessential topic subject to analysis from an engineering viewpoints. While studying droplet and cavitation, I became familiar with two and multi phase fluid flow, realizing that accurate modeling for multiphase and turbulent flows were a challenge. As opposed to my experience with simple modeling, the flows were modeled in combination of equations, and depending on the governing equation, new terms or models were introduced by researching scientists. It is this incompleteness in theory and lack of understanding of the topic that triggered my curiosity into the topic flow modeling Therefore, by focusing on discontinuities engendered by interfaces I would like to contribute to this field. Additionally, I am also interested with problems concerning the treatment of droplet and bubble’s break-up using shock and collective effects of bubbles.
Another plan of mine is to study the method to visualize fluid phenomena. While researching for my senior thesis, I utilized the micro-PIV method to visualize the flow field and obtain the information about velocity field. When I first saw the data describing the behavior of the fluid flow, I was surprised at the ability to visualize the flow by simply recording the flow. Beyond the simple, there were step-by-step and based-on-statistics processes: acquisition, pixelization, and interrogation. I hope to study flow visualization and refine measurement techniques such as PIV by developing resolution and accuracy. Although governing equations and models in simulation give us precise analysis, some flows are so complicated that there are some cases where the governing equations fail to analyze all the details of the fluid flow. I’m sure that the improvement of measurement techniques will give me more intuitive analysis, especially in turbulent flows, and complement the solutions given by simulation. In addition, I would like to study the method to visualize fluid phenomena. While researching for my senior thesis, I utilized the micro-PIV method to visualize the flow field, obtaining information on the velocity field. When I first saw the data describing the behavior of the fluid flow, I was surprised at the ability to visualize the flow through simple data recording. However, beyond this simplicity were a complex process of step-by-step examination and statistical analysis: acquisition, pixelization, and interrogation. Therefore, I would like to direct my studies on flow visualization and refined measurement techniques such as PIV, with added resolution and accuracy. Although existing equations and models in simulation can provide precise analysis, there are some flows which go beyond the scope of conventional analysis equations due to its complexity. Therefore, I am excited to provide accurate analysis of all the details of fluid flow through improved measurement techniques, resulting in a more intuitive analysis, especially in turbulent flows, as well as complementing the solutions provided by simulations.
I have thorough preparation in engineering mathematics, numerical analysis, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and so on, and am good at handling various tools such as C/C++, MATLAB and ANSYS. When studied engineering mathematics, I was impressed by how mathematic formulas could describe natural phenomena in precise. This impression enabled me not only to hone the skill to interpret formulas and model phenomena but also to win the 3rd prize at the engineering mathematics competition. The satisfaction that I get in learning new things makes me hungry to learn more and even able to be the top out of 304 in the department of ME. Thanks to the impressive academic achievements, I have won full scholarships for 4 years and was even selected as the recipient of the STX Scholarship Foundation. Also, through several team projects in classes, I could understand the importance of leadership and team members’ independent motivation toward a goal. With my social skills, my strong mathematical and computational background would serve as solid stepping-stones for graduate study at Stanford. To this end, I have extensive knowledge in engineering mathematics, numerical analysis, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer, as well as versed in various tools such as C/C++, MATLAB and ANSYS. Furthermore, when studying engineering mathematics, I was fascinated by the fact that mathematical formulas could provide accurate description of natural phenomena, which in return enabled me not only to hone the skill to interpret formulas and model phenomena but also to win the 3rd prize at the engineering mathematics competition. The great satisfaction from learning has always been the driving force in my academic pursuits, and this helped me to rank first among the graduating class of 304 in the ME department, merited by full scholarships for 4 years in college and becoming the recipient of the STX Foundation Scholarship. Also, I learned the virtue of leadership and constructive motivation while performing several team projects in classes. Thus, I believe my strong mathematical and computational background, with my social skills, would serve as solid stepping-stones for my graduate studies at Stanford.
After earning M.S. and Ph.D., I wish to become either a professor or a research scientist so I can devote my career to researching fluid problems and build my own model contributing to the field. However complex a phenomenon is, I will be able to get closer to perfect modeling research by research. I believe that clear understanding of fluids is more necessary and useful than ever in that the applications of fluid are getting broader and more powerful. My research may not have impacts on daily lives of people immediately; however, ultimately provide us with a high quality of life. Upon completion of the M.S. and Ph.D. program, I wish to become either a professor or a research scientist, dedicating my career to researching fluid problems and building my own models. I believe dedicated research efforts will bring me closer to modeling even the most intricate and complex phenomena. Furthermore, greater emphasis on different applications of fluids of today demands clearer understanding of fluids, thus I am excited to contribute my studies to the realization of higher quality of life in the future.
Stanford is the ideal environment for me. From the time when I watched the experiment video by Stephen J. Kline, my goals were to study in the department of mechanical engineering and at Stanford. First, in the department of ME, I could study the behavior of fluid and research on modeling of fluid phenomena. Second, from the early times, Stanford has studied and developed the field of fluids. The Flow of Physics and Computational Engineering Group emphasizes on modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering system, and this aspect matches well with my academic goal. Moreover, your curriculum is appealing and I have already planned a course of study in my depth ‘Fluid Mechanics’, such as Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Compressible Flow, and Turbulence. Stanford provides the optimum environment to pursue my graduate program. In fact, since viewing the ingenuity of Professor Stephen J. Kline from the video clip made Stanford my goal. First, the department of ME offers abundance of opportunities to study the behavior of fluid and research on modeling of fluid phenomena. Second, Stanford boosts a rich history in the study of fluids. Furthermore, the activities of the Flow of Physics and Computational Engineering Group, emphasizing modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering system are directly reflective of my academic goal. Moreover, the academic curriculum at Stanford is appealing, and I am excited to enroll in subjects like ‘Fluid Mechanics’, such as Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Compressible Flow, and Turbulence to enrich my knowledge and understanding.
My sense of independence and the spirit of challenging can be an epitome to other students considering my background. My achievements despite difficult life affect my colleagues. That I succeed in my field would make all people thinking that I also can do it. My innate character of strong independence and the spirit of challenge, natured through my background will become epitome for other students.. In fact, my achievements against many life challenges will positively affect my colleagues, leaving an everlasting affirmation that anything is possible.
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Mechanical engineering (ME) is foundation of most applied technologies and industries. I was surprised by the broad and powerful applications of ME. The more knowledge about ME I was taught and came to know, the more things not previously seen I could see and understand. These are the reasons why I pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, specifically in the field of fluids
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Mechanical engineering (ME) is the foundation of most applied technologies and industries, and I was surprised by its broad and powerful applications: The more I learned about ME, the more I could see and understand different subjects from a new perspective It is this very reason, seeing beyond the conventional wisdom through ME, that has stimulated my academic curiosity to pursue my M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, specifically in the field of fluids.
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When studying fluid phenomena, our intuition sometimes fails and, unlike solid, Eulerian approach is needed as well as Lagrangian approach. These points encouraged me to study fluids in deep. I still remember the moment I watched an experiment video at fluid mechanics course. It was ‘Flow Visualization’ by the professor Stephen J. Kline, in which the professor visualized the wake of cylinder with surface powder. Since I have wondered how scientists have described the behavior of fluids flow, the video utterly opened my eyes. Moreover, after learning the concept of control volume and stream line, I became totally captivated to describing fluid phenomena.
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Unlike solids, when studying fluid phenomena, our intuition sometimes fails, requiring us to retract to the Eulerian and the Lagrangian approach, encouraging us to explore and study the deeper roots of fluids. I still remember the moment when I watched an experiment video in a Fluid Mechanics course on ‘Flow Visualization’ by Professor Stephen J. Kline. In the experiment, the professor visualized the wake of cylinder with surface powder, opening my eyes to the scientific principles behind describing the behavior of fluids flow. Moreover, after learning the concept of control volume and stream line, I became mesmerized in describing fluid phenomena.
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My interest in fluid evolved into research internship and my senior thesis. I became an undergraduate research student in Nano/Bio-fluidics & Control laboratory in the winter of 2011. I experienced several researches and measurement methods, such as pitot tube, particle image velocimetry and magnetic resonance velocimetry, and was able to expose myself to research-oriented and practical field.
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This curiosity and interest in fluids in return manifested into research internships and my graduation thesis topic. As an undergraduate research student at Nano/Bio-fluidics & Control laboratory during the winter of 2011, I participated in several researches and familiarized myself with different measurement methods, such as pitot tube, particle image velocimetry and magnetic resonance velocimetry, enabling me to build acquire invaluable research and practical experiences.
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The graduation thesis was “Designing microchip for droplets’ routing, synchronization and merging”. It was because, after the internship, I was surprised again by the wide range of fluid applications even to microchips. I conducted research employing the analogy between micro-fluidic flow and electric circuits. Based on the analogy, the flow of droplets was modeled to electric circuits with variable resistances. Through repetitive circuit analysis using the tool ‘PSpice’ and experiment using the micro-PIV method, I succeeded in the chip design. During this time, I truly enjoyed modeling the flow and thought that modeling fluid phenomena should be my lifetime goal if I want to be a good engineer in the field of fluids.
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Furthermore, I decided to write my graduation thesis under the title “Designing Microchip for Droplets’ Routing, Synchronization and Merging,” wanting to utilize my knowledge on wide range of fluid applications, applying them even to microchips. The research premised on an analogy between micro-fluidic flow and electric circuits, modeling the flow of droplets to electric circuits with variable resistances. Through repetitive circuit analysis using ‘PSpice’ and experiments based on the micro-PIV method, I succeeded in the chip design. This experience reaffirmed my academic directions, and modeling fluid phenomena was to become the epicenter for my future studies as an engineer the field of fluids.
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I would like to continue my studies and research on fluids as a graduate student in ME. I hope to model complex flows like compressible, multiphase and turbulent flows. This field not only fulfills my academic interest and desire but also must be understood in engineering viewpoints. While studying droplet and cavitation, I became familiar to two and multi phase fluid flow and came to know that accurate modeling for multiphase and turbulent flows are challenging. As opposed to my experience of simple modeling, the flows were modeled in combination of equations. Based on the governing equation, research scientists added some new terms or introduced other models. The fact that there are no complete theories and some problems in the subject are poorly understood till now gave me the spirit of challenging to model the flows. I wish to improve this field by focusing on discontinuities engendered by interfaces. Additionally, problems treating with droplet and bubble’s break-up with shock and collective effects of bubble also attracted me.
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Therefore, I would like to continue my studies and research on fluids in graduate school. In particular, I hope to focus on modeling complex flows like compressible, multiphase and turbulent flows, which is not only reflective of my academic interest, but also a quintessential topic subject to analysis from an engineering viewpoints. While studying droplet and cavitation, I became familiar with two and multi phase fluid flow, realizing that accurate modeling for multiphase and turbulent flows were a challenge. As opposed to my experience with simple modeling, the flows were modeled in combination of equations, and depending on the governing equation, new terms or models were introduced by researching scientists. It is this incompleteness in theory and lack of understanding of the topic that triggered my curiosity into the topic flow modeling Therefore, by focusing on discontinuities engendered by interfaces I would like to contribute to this field. Additionally, I am also interested with problems concerning the treatment of droplet and bubble’s break-up using shock and collective effects of bubbles.
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Another plan of mine is to study the method to visualize fluid phenomena. While researching for my senior thesis, I utilized the micro-PIV method to visualize the flow field and obtain the information about velocity field. When I first saw the data describing the behavior of the fluid flow, I was surprised at the ability to visualize the flow by simply recording the flow. Beyond the simple, there were step-by-step and based-on-statistics processes: acquisition, pixelization, and interrogation. I hope to study flow visualization and refine measurement techniques such as PIV by developing resolution and accuracy. Although governing equations and models in simulation give us precise analysis, some flows are so complicated that there are some cases where the governing equations fail to analyze all the details of the fluid flow. I’m sure that the improvement of measurement techniques will give me more intuitive analysis, especially in turbulent flows, and complement the solutions given by simulation.
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In addition, I would like to study the method to visualize fluid phenomena. While researching for my senior thesis, I utilized the micro-PIV method to visualize the flow field, obtaining information on the velocity field. When I first saw the data describing the behavior of the fluid flow, I was surprised at the ability to visualize the flow through simple data recording. However, beyond this simplicity were a complex process of step-by-step examination and statistical analysis: acquisition, pixelization, and interrogation. Therefore, I would like to direct my studies on flow visualization and refined measurement techniques such as PIV, with added resolution and accuracy. Although existing equations and models in simulation can provide precise analysis, there are some flows which go beyond the scope of conventional analysis equations due to its complexity. Therefore, I am excited to provide accurate analysis of all the details of fluid flow through improved measurement techniques, resulting in a more intuitive analysis, especially in turbulent flows, as well as complementing the solutions provided by simulations.
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I have thorough preparation in engineering mathematics, numerical analysis, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and so on, and am good at handling various tools such as C/C++, MATLAB and ANSYS. When studied engineering mathematics, I was impressed by how mathematic formulas could describe natural phenomena in precise. This impression enabled me not only to hone the skill to interpret formulas and model phenomena but also to win the 3rd prize at the engineering mathematics competition. The satisfaction that I get in learning new things makes me hungry to learn more and even able to be the top out of 304 in the department of ME. Thanks to the impressive academic achievements, I have won full scholarships for 4 years and was even selected as the recipient of the STX Scholarship Foundation. Also, through several team projects in classes, I could understand the importance of leadership and team members’ independent motivation toward a goal. With my social skills, my strong mathematical and computational background would serve as solid stepping-stones for graduate study at Stanford.
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To this end, I have extensive knowledge in engineering mathematics, numerical analysis, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer, as well as versed in various tools such as C/C++, MATLAB and ANSYS. Furthermore, when studying engineering mathematics, I was fascinated by the fact that mathematical formulas could provide accurate description of natural phenomena, which in return enabled me not only to hone the skill to interpret formulas and model phenomena but also to win the 3rd prize at the engineering mathematics competition. The great satisfaction from learning has always been the driving force in my academic pursuits, and this helped me to rank first among the graduating class of 304 in the ME department, merited by full scholarships for 4 years in college and becoming the recipient of the STX Foundation Scholarship. Also, I learned the virtue of leadership and constructive motivation while performing several team projects in classes. Thus, I believe my strong mathematical and computational background, with my social skills, would serve as solid stepping-stones for my graduate studies at Stanford.
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After earning M.S. and Ph.D., I wish to become either a professor or a research scientist so I can devote my career to researching fluid problems and build my own model contributing to the field. However complex a phenomenon is, I will be able to get closer to perfect modeling research by research. I believe that clear understanding of fluids is more necessary and useful than ever in that the applications of fluid are getting broader and more powerful. My research may not have impacts on daily lives of people immediately; however, ultimately provide us with a high quality of life.
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Upon completion of the M.S. and Ph.D. program, I wish to become either a professor or a research scientist, dedicating my career to researching fluid problems and building my own models. I believe dedicated research efforts will bring me closer to modeling even the most intricate and complex phenomena. Furthermore, greater emphasis on different applications of fluids of today demands clearer understanding of fluids, thus I am excited to contribute my studies to the realization of higher quality of life in the future.
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Stanford is the ideal environment for me. From the time when I watched the experiment video by Stephen J. Kline, my goals were to study in the department of mechanical engineering and at Stanford. First, in the department of ME, I could study the behavior of fluid and research on modeling of fluid phenomena. Second, from the early times, Stanford has studied and developed the field of fluids. The Flow of Physics and Computational Engineering Group emphasizes on modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering system, and this aspect matches well with my academic goal. Moreover, your curriculum is appealing and I have already planned a course of study in my depth ‘Fluid Mechanics’, such as Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Compressible Flow, and Turbulence.
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Stanford provides the optimum environment to pursue my graduate program. In fact, since viewing the ingenuity of Professor Stephen J. Kline from the video clip made Stanford my goal. First, the department of ME offers abundance of opportunities to study the behavior of fluid and research on modeling of fluid phenomena. Second, Stanford boosts a rich history in the study of fluids. Furthermore, the activities of the Flow of Physics and Computational Engineering Group, emphasizing modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering system are directly reflective of my academic goal. Moreover, the academic curriculum at Stanford is appealing, and I am excited to enroll in subjects like ‘Fluid Mechanics’, such as Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Compressible Flow, and Turbulence to enrich my knowledge and understanding.
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My sense of independence and the spirit of challenging can be an epitome to other students considering my background. My achievements despite difficult life affect my colleagues. That I succeed in my field would make all people thinking that I also can do it.
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My innate character of strong independence and the spirit of challenge, natured through my background will become epitome for other students.. In fact, my achievements against many life challenges will positively affect my colleagues, leaving an everlasting affirmation that anything is possible.
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Ever since I was 15, I would visit Japan every year to witness the marvels of modern electronic devices such as laptops, mobile devices, and personal digital assistants. However, one year, a robot dog called “Aibo” captured my fascination. It resembled a live dog, interacting with people, but it was a computerized machine. This marvel changed the path of my life: it opened a new horizon of robotics, and I was mesmerized in thoughts of “reproducing” life through the study of robotics: Robots were no longer a fantasy but a reality. Ever since I was 15, I would visit Japan every year to witness the marvels of modern electronic devices such as laptops, mobile devices, and personal digital assistants. However, one year, a robot dog named “Aibo” captured my fascination: in fact, computerized machines gave birth to ‘life.’. This marvel changed the path of my life, opening a new horizon in robotics, and I was determined to be part of this revolutionary development in science.
With my strong desire, I entered Seoul National University. However, at that time, there were no classes related to Human-Computer Interaction at SNU or even in Korea. Unfettered by the reality, I explored other channels to build my foundations on HCI application such as studying electrical circuits, electromagnetisms and mechanics. The more immersed myself in these principles, the more I became to realize the close relationship between the behaviors of electrons and information, shedding new insights and opening my eyes to the possibility of seamless expression of information through physical objects. This acquisition and understanding reinforced my academic curiosity and confidence in studying HCI. However, although I was eager to learn Human-Computer interactions at Seoul National University, the subject was in its premature stages in Korea. However, unfettered by the reality, I explored other channels to build my foundations on HCI application such as studying electrical circuits, electromagnetisms and mechanics. The more immersed myself in these principles, the more I became to realize the close relationship between the behaviors of electrons and information, shedding new insights and opening my eyes to the possibility of seamless expression of information through physical objects. -deleted-
However, HCI system is only half-complete when we only consider the physical system. In fact, the most critical aspect of HCI system is the users: human beings. Therefore, appreciating the need to manifest my knowledge on human factors, I applied and became a research assistant for Prof. Myunwoo Lee. Exposure to weekly seminars, surveys, and practical researches on human factors in return helped me to not only strengthen my knowledge but also stimulating my academic curiosity on the future of HCI systems. Therefore, I began my research on HCI at the University of Tokyo, confident in expanding my theoretical understanding into real applications. For my master’s course research, I proposed a new mixed reality showcase, MRsionCase, enabling seamless information presentation and intuitive interaction between viewers and the system. Designing a novel optical system and providing mid-air images, viewers can enjoy the information without any limitation. However, HCI system is only half-complete when we neglect the most critical aspect: human users. Therefore, appreciating the need to manifest my knowledge on human factors, I began working as a research assistant for Prof. Myunwoo Lee. Here, exposure to weekly seminars, surveys, and practical researches helped me to not only strengthen my knowledge but also stimulate my curiosity on the future of HCI systems. Therefore, I began my research on HCI at the University of Tokyo, For my thesis, I proposed a new mixed reality showcase, MRsionCase, enabling seamless information presentation and intuitive interaction between viewers and the system through a novel optical system, providing mid-air images- to viewers, brining me closer to realizing the HCI system in reality.
With several times of exhibition using MRsionCase, I presented a practical exhibition system, which enables users to enjoy exhibits and virtual images in an easier way. Augmenting traditional showcases with mixed reality, MRsionCase provides users more information and contributed to users’ easier access to this information. I think it is significance through my MS research that I could propose a practical HCI system that can be used in real world. - deleted-
In addition to these academic accomplishments, I taught undergraduates basic computer graphics and imaging processing with OpenCV/GL, and shared research experience and related knowledge by directing their term projects. I also advise to juniors’ research and led living discussion by participating weekly special interest group meetings in laboratory. Since 2001, I made a scholarship foundation for my alma mater and granted a little scholarship to distinguished students in mathematics and sciences at graduation ceremony. In addition to these academic accomplishments, I taught undergraduates basic computer graphics and imaging processing with OpenCV/GL, and shared research experience and related knowledge by directing their term projects. Through this experience, I began appreciating the virtues of contributing back, so wanting to incite interest in science, I made a scholarship foundation for my alma mater and granted a little scholarship to distinguished students in mathematics and sciences at graduation ceremonies since 2001.. In addition, while serving in the US Army for two years, I appreciated the value of diversity, working with people from different backgrounds and ranks. Furthermore, as a Korean student in Japan, I opened open ‘Korean Cooking Classes’ to my friends to share Korean culture and cuisine. I think the convergence of these experiences will help me to successfully adapt and contribute to the community at Georgic Tech.
Through the scholarship, a little though, I tried to give junior students a motivation for science and engineering research. For military service, I have worked with US Army for two years. The opportunity gave me a deep understanding on systematic organization of USA, huge responsibility for working position. Furthermore, I could have understanding on various cultures and openness toward them. During life in Japan, I teach Korean cooking, my long hobby, to Japanese. Through this activity, I contribute to provide an opportunity to understand and exchange different cultures. - deleted-
This is my brief background about academic and other activities. I proudly believe that my various experience and unique background will be a great nutrient for HCI research in Georgia Institute of Technology not only for myself but also for other students and faculties. - deleted-
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Ever since I was 15, I would visit Japan every year to witness the marvels of modern electronic devices such as laptops, mobile devices, and personal digital assistants. However, one year, a robot dog called “Aibo” captured my fascination. It resembled a live dog, interacting with people, but it was a computerized machine. This marvel changed the path of my life: it opened a new horizon of robotics, and I was mesmerized in thoughts of “reproducing” life through the study of robotics: Robots were no longer a fantasy but a reality.
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Ever since I was 15, I would visit Japan every year to witness the marvels of modern electronic devices such as laptops, mobile devices, and personal digital assistants. However, one year, a robot dog named “Aibo” captured my fascination: in fact, computerized machines gave birth to ‘life.’. This marvel changed the path of my life, opening a new horizon in robotics, and I was determined to be part of this revolutionary development in science.
학생 작업
With my strong desire, I entered Seoul National University. However, at that time, there were no classes related to Human-Computer Interaction at SNU or even in Korea. Unfettered by the reality, I explored other channels to build my foundations on HCI application such as studying electrical circuits, electromagnetisms and mechanics. The more immersed myself in these principles, the more I became to realize the close relationship between the behaviors of electrons and information, shedding new insights and opening my eyes to the possibility of seamless expression of information through physical objects. This acquisition and understanding reinforced my academic curiosity and confidence in studying HCI.
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However, although I was eager to learn Human-Computer interactions at Seoul National University, the subject was in its premature stages in Korea. However, unfettered by the reality, I explored other channels to build my foundations on HCI application such as studying electrical circuits, electromagnetisms and mechanics. The more immersed myself in these principles, the more I became to realize the close relationship between the behaviors of electrons and information, shedding new insights and opening my eyes to the possibility of seamless expression of information through physical objects. -deleted-
학생 작업
However, HCI system is only half-complete when we only consider the physical system. In fact, the most critical aspect of HCI system is the users: human beings. Therefore, appreciating the need to manifest my knowledge on human factors, I applied and became a research assistant for Prof. Myunwoo Lee. Exposure to weekly seminars, surveys, and practical researches on human factors in return helped me to not only strengthen my knowledge but also stimulating my academic curiosity on the future of HCI systems. Therefore, I began my research on HCI at the University of Tokyo, confident in expanding my theoretical understanding into real applications. For my master’s course research, I proposed a new mixed reality showcase, MRsionCase, enabling seamless information presentation and intuitive interaction between viewers and the system. Designing a novel optical system and providing mid-air images, viewers can enjoy the information without any limitation.
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However, HCI system is only half-complete when we neglect the most critical aspect: human users. Therefore, appreciating the need to manifest my knowledge on human factors, I began working as a research assistant for Prof. Myunwoo Lee. Here, exposure to weekly seminars, surveys, and practical researches helped me to not only strengthen my knowledge but also stimulate my curiosity on the future of HCI systems. Therefore, I began my research on HCI at the University of Tokyo, For my thesis, I proposed a new mixed reality showcase, MRsionCase, enabling seamless information presentation and intuitive interaction between viewers and the system through a novel optical system, providing mid-air images- to viewers, brining me closer to realizing the HCI system in reality.
학생 작업
With several times of exhibition using MRsionCase, I presented a practical exhibition system, which enables users to enjoy exhibits and virtual images in an easier way. Augmenting traditional showcases with mixed reality, MRsionCase provides users more information and contributed to users’ easier access to this information. I think it is significance through my MS research that I could propose a practical HCI system that can be used in real world.
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In addition to these academic accomplishments, I taught undergraduates basic computer graphics and imaging processing with OpenCV/GL, and shared research experience and related knowledge by directing their term projects. I also advise to juniors’ research and led living discussion by participating weekly special interest group meetings in laboratory. Since 2001, I made a scholarship foundation for my alma mater and granted a little scholarship to distinguished students in mathematics and sciences at graduation ceremony.
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In addition to these academic accomplishments, I taught undergraduates basic computer graphics and imaging processing with OpenCV/GL, and shared research experience and related knowledge by directing their term projects. Through this experience, I began appreciating the virtues of contributing back, so wanting to incite interest in science, I made a scholarship foundation for my alma mater and granted a little scholarship to distinguished students in mathematics and sciences at graduation ceremonies since 2001.. In addition, while serving in the US Army for two years, I appreciated the value of diversity, working with people from different backgrounds and ranks. Furthermore, as a Korean student in Japan, I opened open ‘Korean Cooking Classes’ to my friends to share Korean culture and cuisine. I think the convergence of these experiences will help me to successfully adapt and contribute to the community at Georgic Tech.
학생 작업
Through the scholarship, a little though, I tried to give junior students a motivation for science and engineering research. For military service, I have worked with US Army for two years. The opportunity gave me a deep understanding on systematic organization of USA, huge responsibility for working position. Furthermore, I could have understanding on various cultures and openness toward them. During life in Japan, I teach Korean cooking, my long hobby, to Japanese. Through this activity, I contribute to provide an opportunity to understand and exchange different cultures.
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This is my brief background about academic and other activities. I proudly believe that my various experience and unique background will be a great nutrient for HCI research in Georgia Institute of Technology not only for myself but also for other students and faculties.
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As a child, I would visit Japan every year to witness the marvels of modern electronic devices such as mobile devices, and personal digital assistants. However, one year, a robot dog named “Aibo” captured my fascination, opening a new horizon of human computer interaction. Human and computers were no longer separated but connected seamlessly through the study of HCI.

However, although I was eager to learn Human-Computer interactions at Seoul National University, the subject was in its premature stages. However, unfettered by the reality, I explored other channels to build my foundations on HCI application such as studying electrical circuits, electromagnetisms and mechanics. However, HCI system is only half-complete if we neglect human users. Therefore, I began working as a research assistant for Prof. Myunwoo Lee to address the issue of human users. Upon appreciating unlimited potentials of HCI system, I decided to continue my research on HCI at the University of Tokyo. Here, I proposed a new mixed reality showcase, MRsionCase, enabling seamless information presentation and intuitive interaction between viewers and the system through a novel optical system, providing mid-air images to viewers, brining me closer to realizing the HCI system in reality.

In addition to these academic accomplishments, I taught undergraduates basic computer graphics and imaging processing with OpenCV/GL, sharing research experiences and related knowledge. Through these experiences, I began noticing that need to attract bright students in the study of science, thus established my own scholarship foundation, granting scholarships to distinguished students in mathematics and sciences since 2001. Also, I appreciated the value of diversity while serving in the US Army for two years, and hosting ‘Korean Cooking Classes’ to Japanese friends while studying in Tokyo. I think the convergence of these experiences will help me to successfully adapt and contribute to the community at Georgic Tech.