YSU, South Korean institute sign research, engagement agreement

Ulsan National Institute of Science and TechnologyThe growth of the Mahoning Valley as a center for global research took another step forward as Youngstown State University has signed a memorandum of understanding for research collaboration and student/faculty engagement with the Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea.

UNIST is one of Asia’s leading technology schools, and many consider it to be the MIT of South Korea.

The core focus of the YSU-UNIST relationship will center on research involving electric vehicle technologies.

“This agreement represents the expanding reputation of YSU as a center for great research and development capabilities,” YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson said. “Furthermore, it will enable  our students to expand their horizons with more opportunities to study and work with firms in the growing Asian market.”

UNIST was introduced to YSU by Power Plaza Korea, a high-end power conversion technologies company that is also forming a growing relationship with YSU, with support from the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. This summer, Power Plaza will host two interns from YSU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as one engineering intern from the University of Akron. The agreement between YSU and UNIST compliments the growing relationship between YSU and Power Plaza.

“With YSU students having greater international work and research experience, the ability to attract companies with significant research assets to the Mahoning Valley only increases,” said Eric Planey, vice president of International Business Attraction for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. “This MOU is another win-win for the Valley and the University, and the TechBelt.”

Martin Abraham, dean of the YSU College of STEM, said: “This MOU, and the subsequent work with our Korean academic and industry partners, will help attract more talented students to YSU’s STEM programs. We are also looking forward to working with our partners in this research relationship, to grow another sustainable energy technology on the YSU campus.”

As with the agreement signed between YSU and Power Plaza last fall, specific details about the implementation of the research relationship will be worked out over the coming months.

About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive and emerging urban research university that offers over 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.