Honors and Awards

  • 2012, Outstanding Achievement Award, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Environment, Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan. given to a book entitled "Engineering for Radioactive Waste Management".
  • 2011, Minner Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. in 'Engineering Ethics and Professional/Social Responsibility'
  • 2009, Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.
  • 2005, The top 40 most excellent papers GLOBAL 2005 Conference
  • 2002, International Fellow, Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute.

Media coverage

  • 01/27/2015, New approach for Pu management, but international support is indispensable, Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei), Link.
  • 10/17/2014, Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository passes major hurdle, Science Insider, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Link.
  • 04/08/2014, College of Engineering Ethics Week addresses wrongs behind Bay Bridge, Daily Californian, Berkeley, California, Link
  • 04/04/2014, World Needs to Get Ready for the Next Nuclear Plant Accident, Bloomberg, Link
  • 12/25/2013, Untalked reality about contaminated water, Newsweek, Japanese Edition, Link
  • 11/11/2013, Vietnam pushing ahead with nuclear power expansion, Thanh Nien Daily, Vietnam, Link
  • 08/27/2013, Tepco Faces 132 Olympic Pools Worth of Radioactive Water, Bloomberg, Link
  • 07/24/2012, A unique nuclear engineering scholar: Exploring a solution for a huge question, Kyodo Press, syndicated to various local news papers in Japan, Link (in Japanese)
  • 06/07/2012, Japan Faces Opposition to Reactor-Restart Plan, Wall Street Journal, Link
  • 04/24/2012, Decouple the issue of restarting nuclear power plants from nuclear phase out debate, Kyodo Press, Editorial, syndicated to various local news papers in Japan, Link (in Japanese)
  • 03/26/2012, Hiroshima Memo: Taking part in a symposium on “Fukushima” at a U.S. university, Chugoku Shimbun, Hiroshima, Japan, Link.
  • 03/12/2012, Trans Science, Shikoku Shimbun, Takamatsu, Japan, Link. (in Japanese)
  • 03/02/2012, Symposium Discusses Nuclear Power, Honors Anniversary of Fukushima, The Oberlin Review, Ohio, Link
  • 09/09/2011, The more things change, Thanh Nien Daily, Vietnam, Link
  • 08/16/2011, JAPAN | Unpopular cargo: Radioactive waste shipload coming, Japan Times, Link
  • 08/14/2011, Japan Prepares for Its First Import of Radioactive Waste Since Earthquake, Bloomberg, Link
  • 04/07/2011, Tainted Water A Big Test In Japan, Los Angeles Times, Link
  • 04/07/2011, Will there be an ENTOMB in Fukushima?, The Time Weekly, Beijing, Link (in Chinese)
  • 04/02/2011, Japan in Crisis, KQED Radio Special, Link
  • 03/21/2011, Officials Expect 'Ups and Downs' in Reactor Fight, Wall Street Journal, Link
  • 03/14/2011, Live video interview with Al Jazeera English, Doha
  • 03/14/2011, What is a meltdown?, NBC Bayarea, Video
  • 03/12/2011, UC Berkeley Engineers Concerned about Reactor Leak, ABC7 News, San Francisco Oakland San Jose, Link
  • 03/11/2011, Radiation Levels, Pressure Rise at Japanese Reactors Damaged in Earthquake, Bloomberg, Link
  • 04/13/2009, Column "Sight 2009": Be a good listener in a process of developing public agreement, Denki Shimbun, Tokyo Link (in Japanese)
  • 09/04/2006, Errors, Costs Stall Nuclear Waste Project, Los Angeles Times, Link
  • 08/28/2005, N-plant construction lull worries industry, The Seattle Times, Link
  • 06/28/2002, Yucca Mountain: Should We Delay?, Science Magazine, 296(5577), 2333-2335, Link
  • 12/xx/1999, What Happened at Tokaimura?, Physics Today, 52(12), 52-54, Link
  • 05/27/1993, Japanese universities are slow to welcome foreign faculty, Nature, 363(6247), 290 Link
  • 10/24/1991, First tenured Korean faculty member in University of Tokyo, Dong-A Ilbo, Seoul, Link (in Korean)
  • 08/27/1990, Kyungnam Daily News, Link (in Korean)
  • 07/11/1990, First tenured Japan-born Korean faculty member in University of Tokyo, Mainichi Shimbun, Link (in Japanese)

Service as editor or reviewer

Editorial board

  • 2012 - present, Editorial Board member, International Journal of Nuclear Energy, Hindawi Publishing.
  • 2012 - present, Editorial Board member, Journal of Nuclear Energy Science & Power Generation Technology, SciTechnol
  • 2006 - present, Advisory Board member, Nuclear Technology, American Nuclear Society.
  • 2006 - present, Editorial Board member,Nuclear Engineering and Technology, Korean Nuclear Society.
  • 1994 - 1996, Editor for Radioactive Waste Research, Journal for Radioactive Waste Division, Atomic Energy Society of Japan.

Reviewer

Nuclear Technology (American Nuclear Society), Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology (American Nuclear Society), Journal of Nuclear Science and Engineering (Atomic Energy Society of Japan), Journal of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Environment (Atomic Energy Society of Japan), Nuclear Engineering and Technology (Korean Nuclear Society), Water Resources Research (American Geophysical Union), Clay Minerals (The Mineralogical Society)

Computer Physics Communications (Elsevier), International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (Elsevier), Experimental Heat Transfer (Taylor & Francis), Journal of Nuclear Materials (Elsevier), Progress in Nuclear Energy (Elsevier), Annals of Nuclear Energy (Elsevier), Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier), Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (Elsevier), Journal of Environmental Management (Elsevier), Journal of Environmental Radioactivity (Elsevier), Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (Elsevier), Waste Management (Elsvier), Progress in Energy and Combustion (Elsevier), Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A (Elsevier), Applied Clay Science (Elsevier)

Service to scholarly or professional societies

  • 2014 - present, Member, International Steering Committee, Asian Nuclear Prospects (ANUP2014) on Safe and Sustainable Nuclear Systems for the Future, November 9-12, 2014, Jeju, Korea.
  • 2013 - present, Member, Technical program and advisory committee, 2015 American Nuclear Society International High-­Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April, 2015, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 2014 - presemt, Member, Publication Steering committee, American Nuclear Society
  • 2012 - present, Auditor, USA chapter, Korean Nuclear Society
  • 2011 - 2013, Member, Technical program and advisory committee, 2013 American Nuclear Society International High-­Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April 28-­May 2, 2013, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • 2010 - 2011, Member, Technical program and advisory committee, 2011 American Nuclear Society International High-­Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, "Progress Made and Challenges Ahead for Safe Disposal of High-­Level Radioactive Waste," April 10-­14, 2011, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • 2010 - 2011, Member, International Advisory Committee, Global 2011 Conference, "Toward and Over the Fukushima Daiichi Accident," December 11-­16, 2011, Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan.
  • 2008 - 2010, the International Advisory Board of the Focused Session FF-­10 “Materials Technology for Nuclear Waste Treatment and Disposal” of the Symposium FF "Materials Challenges for Future Nuclear Fission and Fusion Technologies" of the Forum on New Materials, June 13-­18, 2010, held in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy, CIMTECH 2010 (International Conferences Materials and Technologies)
  • 2008 - 2012, Member, Executive Committee, the Northern California Section, American Nuclear Society.
  • 2007 - 2008, Chair, Executive Committee, the Northern California Section, American Nuclear Society
  • 2007 - 2014, Chair, Book Publishing committee, American Nuclear Society
  • 2006 - 2007, Vice Chair, Executive Committee, the Northern California Section, American Nuclear Society
  • 2004 - 2007, Vice chair, Book Publishing committee, American Nuclear Society
  • 2001 - 2004, Member, Book Publishing committee, American Nuclear Society
  • 2001 - 2007, Member, Technical Journals committee, American Nuclear Society
  • 1998 - 1999, Member, Technical program committee, International Conference on Future Nuclear Systems, Global 99
  • 1993 - 1996, Member, Publication Committee, Division of Radioactive Waste Management, Atomic Energy Society of Japan
  • 1993 - 1995, Member, Planning Committee, Atomic Energy Society of Japan.

Service to educational or governmental agencies

  • 2014, Consulting, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012 - present, Member, International Review Committee of the Program for Leading Graduate School of Global Nuclear Human Resource Development in the field of 3S (Safety, Security and Safeguard), Tokyo Institute of Technology.
  • 2010 - 2012, Member, External review committee for Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE) University of Tokyo.
  • 2010 - 2011, Member, International Review Committee for Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO). Report.
  • 2010 - 2011, Reviewer for UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for its university based research projects addressing key challenges in the area of geological waste disposal.
  • 2009 - present, Reviewer for the Nuclear Energy University Program by US Department of Energy.
  • 2009 - present, Member, Advisory Board, the Modeling, Experimentation and Validation (MeV) Summer School established by Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho State University.
  • 2009 - 2011, Member, Study Committee on Waste Form Performance and Technologies, National Research Council, the National Academies. Final report.
  • 2008 - 2010, Panel, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Educational Grant Review, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • 2007 - 2011, Member, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board National Research Council, the National Academies
  • 2005, Member, Archimedes Filter Technology Review Panel, US Department of Energy
  • 2003 - 2008, Coordinate Research Program of on Study of Process Losses in Separation Processes in P&T Systems in View of Minimizing Long-Term Environmental Impacts. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Report.
  • 2003 - 2007, Reviewer, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, U.S. Department of State
  • 2000 - 2005, Technical Merit Reviewer for Nuclear Engineering Education Research (NEER) Grant Program US Department of Energy
  • 2000 - 2002, Objective merit peer-reviewer of proposals submitted to Nuclear Energy Re-search Initiative (NERI) by US Department of Energy
  • 2001, Reviewer for the draft of the second national comprehensive plan for nuclear power development, Nuclear Safety Commission of Korean Government
  • 2000 - 2008, University Coordinator for Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Graduate Fellowship Program, U. S. Department of Energy.
  • 1999, Consultant for ATW Road-mapping project, US Department of Energy
  • 1999, Reviewer for H12 Project report for geologic disposal Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute
  • 1995 - 1998, Member, Advisory Committee for Joint research Project, Japanese Electric Utilities companies on Technologies for High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal
  • 1995, Opponent at Doctoral degree examination for Mr. L. Romero, Department of Chemical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1992-1995, Member, Committee for Decommissioning of Prototype Reprocessing Facility, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute.
  • 1990 - 1995, Member, Committee for Safety of High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal, Japan Nuclear Safety Research Association.

Practice of a profession on a part-time basis

  • 2012, Visiting professor, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo
  • 2008, Visiting professor, Graduate School of Frontier Studies, University of Tokyo
  • 2003 - 2005, Visiting Research Fellow, Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute
  • 2002, International Fellow, Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute
  • 2002, Faculty researcher, Sabbatical leave program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • 1995 - 1996, Guest Researcher, Institute for Industrial Development, Tokai University, Japan

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