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NO.376 02.19.2018

Student Do-young Lee Won ‘2017 Presidential Science Scholarship’

Student Do-young Lee (Industrial & Management Systems Engineering, ‘17) is selected as the recipient of '2017 Presidential Science Scholarship'


There was an extraordinary effort behind this achievement. Since his high school days at Baekam High School in Yongin, he has been devoted the study of recycling plastics. He began developing plastic-decomposing bacteria to improve the purity of recycled plastics. The technology manipulates the genes of bacteria extracted from the intestines of a mealworm (a member of Tenebrionidae in the larval stage) to accelerate the decomposition of waste plastics, which lowers the level of foreign substances in plastics when it is recycled.


Do-young Lee was selected as a Presidential Science Scholarship student in March 2017 and received a scholarship certificate from President Moon Jae-in on December 28, 2017, at Presidential Guest House. The Presidential Science Scholarship is established in 2003 jointly by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Student Aid Foundation under the special law to support and strengthen the national competitiveness of science and technology. The selected students will receive tuition and scholarship fund in accordance with their college grades.


Start-up business plan based on recycling technology
He continues to study plastic decomposing bacteria for recycling. Together with Myungji University, he has been registered as a researcher in the laboratory of Professor Bu-gi Min at the Department of Environmental Engineering of Kyung Hee University and has been deeply involved in the experiment. Lee expressed his thanks to the Professor, "I felt that I needed a laboratory after entering college. Professor Min made the provisions for it and has been advising me on my experiments.”


His research is scheduled to be filed in February 2018 with the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty, a patent application filed simultaneously by the PCT Alliance). Upon examining the performance of the experiment, he saw the commercial potential for a start-up. He is also investigating whether he can get a job at a recycling-related company on the strength of his developed technology to effect a technology transfer.


Do-young Lee, who started his studies in the third year of high school, has somewhat neglected his studies because he has been too concentrating on experiments even after he entered college. He plans to invest more time in classroom studies and basic sciences such as mathematics and science in the future. Interested in engineering programming and customer relationship management classes, he dreams of becoming an IT consultant after graduation.


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