Posco honors social giants in Cheongam Awards
The four awardees each received plaques and award money of 200 million won ($179,000) during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Posco Center in southern Seoul.
The company recognized Lee Jong-heun, a professor at Korea University, for his work in science; Jimmy Phan, CEO of Vietnamese social enterprise KOTO, for public service; Kim Myung-whan, head of research at LG Chem, for achievements in technology; and Kyungpook National University’s Attached Middle School for the education award, which is granted to an institution.
Professor Lee developed a sensor that can “smell” harmful gases, and Pham established KOTO, short for “Know One Teach One,” to provide troubled teenagers with vocational education.
Kim at LG Chem helped develop Korea’s first lithium-ion battery for electric cars after 20 years of research. Kyungpook National University’s Attached Middle School was recognized for its innovative approaches to education, such as a “reverse class” where students and teachers switch roles.
BY SONG KYOUNG-SON [firstname.lastname@example.org]