SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) –– A South Korean professor, who pioneered instrumentation and control (I&C) in the nuclear energy field, will receive the prestigious Don Miller Award, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said Thursday.
The Daejeon-based school said Seong Poong-hyun, its chair professor in the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, has been recognized for his outstanding contribution in the atomic energy field.
The scholar is an expert of nuclear I&C, which is considered the nervous system of any atomic power plant. It is set up to monitor all aspects of operation and take necessary actions. In addition, Seong has studied human interaction in the running of power plants.
He was named the first editor of the international Nuclear and Engineering Technology Journal and held the position of chairman of the Korean Nuclear Society. He has, moreover, played a role in assisting policymakers in setting effective energy policies for Asia's fourth-largest economy.
"South Korea is one of the leading countries in the field of nuclear I&C, with many scholars engaged in this field," Seong said after he was picked for the honor.
He will receive the award at the American Nuclear Society general meeting set for June 10 in Minneapolis, KAIST said.
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