Innovation thought leader, Dr. Ogan Gurel, to join DGIST faculty as Distinguished Invited Professor in the Management of Innovation program

South Korea's Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) to further advance its leadership role fostering regional innovation and global collaboration.

DGIST has appointed Dr. Ogan Gurel, a globally recognized thought leader in innovation, as Distinguished Invited Professor in the Management of Innovation (MOI) program. Prof. Kong-rae Lee, Program Director, remarked, "DGIST plays a critical and catalytic role in building and advancing the regional startup and venture community and we are very excited to have Dr. Gurel join us to further this important mission."

Previously, Dr. Gurel held roles as a Director in the CTO office and Open Innovation Group at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Senior Advisor for Innovation at DRB, Chief Innovation Officer at Campus D, Vice President & Medical Director at Sg2 and an Associate at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He has also served as an advisor and Chief Medical Officer to numerous innovative startups worldwide. With MD and MPhil degrees from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, a BA from Harvard University, and extensive teaching, research, and publication experience at leading institutions in the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe, Dr. Gurel also brings deep experience and extensive contacts in academia. Dr. Sang Hyuk Son, President of DGIST and a Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, commented: "DGIST has been growing rapidly as a world-leading science and engineering university where excellence in research, the nurturing of top global talent, and a focus on industrial development are key pillars for the institute’s continuing success. Dr. Gurel’s appointment is aligned with this mission and I warmly welcome him to the DGIST family."

"I am thrilled to join DGIST,” remarked Dr. Gurel, adding that, "As the Daegu region, Korea—and, indeed, the world—transitions to the future 4th Industrial Revolution, innovation in all its dimensions, technical, social, and cultural, is absolutely critical. As a university founded on true convergence principles, DGIST is ideally suited to play a leading role in such transformation and it is an honor and privilege to serve." Dr. Gurel also anticipates that further connections with other top individuals and institutions can be fostered and developed given the institute’s philosophy of convergence and collaboration.

DGIST is a research-oriented university with a full support from the Korean government. DGIST started with a research institution in 2004 and became a research-oriented university with the inauguration of the graduate program in 2011 and undergraduate studies in 2014. DGIST focuses on six areas: Emerging Materials Science, Information & Communication Engineering, Robotics Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Brain Science, New Biology, and Transdisciplinary Studies (Management of Innovation). DGIST’s vision is to become a world-leading convergence research university by nurturing global knowledge leaders and innovative future convergence technologies. For more information about DGIST, see the website below.

Published: 19 May 2017

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