Jang, Moo Lee
MS ’72, Engineering Mechanics
PhD ’75, Engineering Mechanics
Seoul, South Korea
As president of Seoul National University, Jang-Moo Lee heads the most renowned university in the Republic of Korea. The public research university boasts an enrollment of 30,000 students and 2,000 faculty members, and its graduates play influential roles in Korea’s academics, government, politics, and business.
Since being appointed SNU president in 2006, Lee has established the SNU Vision Plan 2025 and a four-year action plan to lead SNU in new directions. He has also executed the comprehensive internationalization of the university in recent years in diverse ways, including the appointment of 150 new international professors, joint classes, and dual degree programs with universities around the world. He has also championed the interdisciplinarity of teaching and research by establishing a new College of Liberal Studies, which focuses on creative and individual studies, and a Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology.
Prior to becoming president of SNU, Lee established himself as an internationally prominent scholar in his research field of mechanical vibration, noise, and nonlinear dynamics theory as applied to automobiles. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Academy of Production Research, and Korean Academy of Science and Technology. Lee is a 1967 graduate of SNU with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Lee is a lifetime member of the ISU Alumni Association.