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Reston, VA – August 7, 2014 – Engineering faculty and graduate students from Korea University (KU) and George Washington University (GWU) will now have the opportunity to study alongside each other as a result of a $1 million endowment from Simon and Anna Lee. The gift will create the Simon Lee College of Engineering Endowment for faculty and graduate students, and will encourage collaboration between the two universities through joint research, workshops, and technical exchanges. This program will be known as the “KU & GWU Research Collaboration Program.” Simon and Anna bestowed the endowment for KU’s College of Engineering at a ceremony in KU’s Media Pavilion on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Dr. Lee, who received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Korea University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from GWU, and an Honorary Doctorate from Korea University said “the foundation of the success I achieved today is a result of the education I received from the two universities. I believe this endowment will provide a better educational environment for talented students in the future.” Dr. Lee first established an exchange program between the two universities that focused on undergraduate students with a $1 million endowment to GWU in 2010. The success of that program and the strong academic bridges Simon and Anna witnessed being created led them to continue their work by expanding the program to faculty and graduate students in the future.
“I believe that I have planted seeds that may result in creating superior academic programs. Through such programs, I hope KU’s College of Engineering becomes the leading college in Korea and even the world. Although the beginning may be small, I anticipate the program will take powerful steps towards great success,” said Dr. Lee.
Dr. Lee is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STG, Inc., a federal government solutions provider he founded in 1986. Dr. Lee has been honored with numerous awards including the 2001 Proud Asian American Award and the 2003 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. More recently he was inducted into the GWU Engineering Hall of Fame in 2010, a recipient of the GWU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2012, and in 2014 he was recognized by the Korea Economic Institute as an honoree at their Korean American Leaders in Business and Entrepreneurship Luncheon.
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