Honoree - Kang

Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang has served as a leader in higher education and public service for nearly two decades. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1970, where he graduated summa cum laude. He was inducted into FDU’s The PINNACLE Society in 2013 and is once again being honored for his continued excellence in higher-education leadership.

Kang is currently the 15th president of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, a mantle he assumed in February 2013. Previously, he served as the chancellor of the University of California, Merced; as the dean of Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and as department head of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At UC Santa Cruz, Kang laid a strong foundation for interdisciplinary programs and helped establish a University-affiliated Research Center with the NASA Ames Research Center. The program he created includes a sponsorship of $300 million over the course of 10 years. During this period, Kang also served as president of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council and strengthened the UCSC research collaborations with high-tech companies.

Kang has published more than 450 papers in journals and premier conferences and has 16 U.S. patents. He was elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology; and a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering. Kang is also a member of the California Council on Science and Technology. He has mentored more than 60 PhD students.

Kang has received the IEEE Millennium Medal, IEEE CAS Mac Van Valkenburg Society Award, IEEE CAS Society Technical Excellence Award, SRC Technical Excellence Award, ISQED Quality Award, Alexander von Humboldt Award for US Senior Scientists, IEEE Sydney Darlington Best Journal Paper Award, KBS Award, Korean-American Leadership Award, Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, KAST Deok-Myeong Engineering Award and distinguished alumni awards from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and University of California, Berkeley. He was also inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.

Doctor of Science