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Division of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Holding a Special Lecture by Dr. Jaiwon Shin of NASA

On Monday, June 4, the Division of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering of ELTEC College of Engineering and the US Embassy in Korea jointly held a special lecture by inviting Dr. Jaiwon Shin, the NASA Associate Administrator, as a lecturer.
Dr. Shin obtained Ph.D. of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1989 and joined National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the same year. In 2008, for the first time as an Asian, he was appointed as an associate administrator taking a responsibility for overall management of the aeronautics research division of NASA, one of the chief executive positions of the agency. He is indeed a great engineer and top manager who has made a significant contribution to the growth of aeronautics and the development of the private-sector aviation industry.

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In the lecture given under the theme of “21st Century Innovation and Leadership,” he talked about innovation and leadership for the 21st century, which is required for leading a new industrial revolution.
Dr. Shin mentioned that the 21st century’s innovation resulted in digital revolution, technological convergence, and new business models, and eventually led changes in the society, and he said, “Any innovative business model in the past may disappear from the pages of history in the wake of technological changes, and therefore, we should stay alert always.” In addition, he emphasized that the essence of innovation is not a new idea itself. “Only an idea that is feasible and profitable and satisfies the needs of people can be transformed into innovation and what is needed in the process of the transformation is teamwork,” he said.

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He further said, “To be a good leader, you should carefully listen to others, accept their ideas with open-mindedness, and have communication skills for interactive conversation, not a one-sided conversation.” According to him, when more women work as a member of an organization and accordingly increase diversity in their organization, corporate culture can improve. He encouraged Ewha students, saying “Do not fix your limit in advance. Just go for it.”

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