Kim So-Young

Head, Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Prof. So Young Kim is the Head of the Graduate School of Science & Technology Policy at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology). She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Northwestern University with Fulbright Scholarship specializing in international political economy and mathematical methods in social sciences. Prof. Kim worked as a data archivist for the Social Science Computing Center at the University of Chicago and taught as an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University before joining KAIST. Her research deals with high-stake issues at the interface of S&T and public policy such as government R&D funding and evaluation, basic science policy, science advising, science & engineering workforce, science-based ODA, and global governance of emerging technologies. Her scholarly work includes publications in International Organization, Journal of Asian Survey, Science and Public Policy, and STI Policy Review as well as the edited volume of Science and Technology Policy: Theories and Issues. Prof. Kim conducted large-scale science policy projects including Identification of Strategic Research Areas in Basic Research (funded by the National Research Foundation), Measuring Social Impacts of the Public R&D Programs (funded by the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning), and Kenya KAIST Feasibility Study (funded by Korea Eximbank). As a public intellectual, Prof. Kim has served several governmental committees including the National Science & Technology Vision Committee, National R&D Evaluation Review Committee, Advisory Committee for the Science & Engineering Workforce Five-Year Plan, Long-term Policy Planning Committee of the Korea Federation of Women’s S&T Associations (KOFWST), and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network of the Korea Federation of S&T Associations (KOFST). Most recently, she is serving as the deputy director for KAIST Fourth Industrial Revolution Intelligence Center (FIRIC).