Ph.D. candidates can earn degrees from both the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Carnegie Mellon's Department of Civil Engineering through a new dual degree program.
Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon signed the agreement Oct. 5 at a gala celebration at KAIST, which is in Korea's Daedeok Science Town. The program will be directed in Pittsburgh by Jim Garrett, head and professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE), and by KAIST Associate Professor Hoon Sohn in Korea.
"We are very pleased to be establishing this dual degree program with our CEE colleagues at KAIST," said Garrett. "This program opens up a number of exciting possibilities for collaboration between our two departments, which are focused on innovative areas such as advanced sensing-based systems for infrastructure, sustainable engineering and environmental nanotechnology."
He added, "The program will open up new research opportunities that together we will be able to approach by leveraging each program's strengths."
The agreement is the result of discussions begun in 2006 by KAIST President Suh Nam Pyo, who received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1964.
KAIST is located in a city that's home to more than 60 government-funded and private research institutes, universities and venture capital businesses. KAIST alumni play a leading role in science and engineering research organizations worldwide.