Spotlight on new faculty — an interview with Kwon Gi Mun

Interview by Kaidi Ilves

Fairleigh Dickinson University welcomes Kwon Gi Mun as a lecturer for the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at Silberman College of Business. Mun is currently a dual Ph.D. candidate in operations research and supply chain management at Rutgers University.

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FDU: Tell us about your new position at FDU…

Kwon Gi Mun: Silberman College recently hired me as a lecturer of courses in operations and supply management for undergraduate, master, and MBA students. I previously taught in the field at Rutgers Business School, where I’m also a Ph.D. candidate.

I was also an inter-university doctoral consortium visiting Ph.D. student at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science in Columbia University, and have worked at the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Korean Government and an organization named Global Standard 1, which has enriched my skills and understanding of the fields, which I hope to relay to my students.

FDU: How did you become interested in this field?

KGM: I was always interested in computer science and mathematics, and while in college, I found that operations research is among the most interesting fields in business. The more I worked in the supply chain management industry, the more my enthusiasm grew for it. This led me to study both operations research and supply chain management at Rutgers.

FDU: Could you elaborate more on your research?

KGM: My research is quite varied, as it focuses on such things as energy system based modeling, energy policy, dynamic pricing in the air cargo market, integration of supply chain management with project management, combinatorial optimization, inventory management, and applications in healthcare industry. It sounds like a mouthful, but there is a wide array of topics in supply management that fascinate me, which is also why I review a major journal in this area, “Annals of Operations Research.”

FDU: What is something that you would like to contribute to FDU?

KGM: I am thrilled about the opportunity to teach a wide range of courses from statistical data analysis to supply chain strategies, and my goal is to motivate students to develop their own learning interests and critical thinking skills. I want students to be able to make a real-world connection with the material. Thus, taking into account students’ prior knowledge, and the subject matter discussed in class, I choose content and activities that are challenging and relevant, and stimulate students to both think beyond their comfort zone and get involved in the learning process.

Additionally, I would like to develop a couple of new courses to enrich the department’s curriculum.

FDU: What is something you hope your students will take away from your classes?

KGM: Resilience — I don’t want students to give up easily on anything, and I would like to keep them on track as much as I can. I can’t give them the way to the future, but I do hope to be an advisor helping them in finding their way to reach their goals.

FDU: What is one piece of advice you can give your new students?

KGM: Martin Luther King Jr.’s beautiful “I have a dream” speech is one I hold very dear to my heart. Dr. King encouraged people to take action in creating equality, and his dream has become part of history. Our students, who will one day become the global leaders, should dream too. Dream and dream big — consider your surroundings, families, college, society, the entire world, and dream about making a positive change. Then, go and make your dream a reality.