K-State connection strong after 20 years and 6,500 miles

K-State Alumni Communications

Kyung-Goo Doh '92 )left) and Masaaki Mizuno maintained a connection through the years that enabled them to create the South Korean Summer Institute program at Kansas State University. (Photo: K-State Alumni Association)
When Kyung-Goo Doh, Ansan, Korea, graduated from K-State in 1992 with a doctorate in computer science, he said he would be coming back every year. His connection and experience with K-State was that strong. With nearly 6,500 miles between Ansan, Korea and Manhattan, Kansas, Doh didn't make it back as early as he hoped he would, but he did make it back in 2001 and several times since.  

Like many alumni, Doh, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Hanyang University ERICA campus in Ansan, Korea, stayed connected with his favorite K-State faculty and mentors, including David Schmidt ’77, professor of computer science and Masaaki Mizuno, professor of computing and information sciences. The close connection to K-Staters also inspired him to lead the K-State Alumni Association group in Korea during the early-2000s.

Over the years Doh and Mizuno developed a program that enabled Doh to give back to Korean students the same international and intellectual experience he had at K-State. It's the South Korean Summer Institute (SKSI), a four-year program funded by a grant from the Korean government and Hanyang University.

SKSI consists of a six-week summer exchange that brings to K-State more than two dozen South Korean students who are enrolled in an enhanced computer science program at Hanyang University. In addition to the cultural exchange, the program consists of two computer science classes, real-time embedded systems and cyber defense; and a technical communications class. Doh said K-State is a leader in the field of cyber security and they are excited to offer this particular class in the program. 

This summer was the second year for SKSI and 24 students, enrolled in their junior year of college, traveled from Hanyang University to K-State. The program is taught in English and this year, to better prepare them for the rigorous program, the students spent a year focusing on the English language.
Students in the technical communications class work on a project using building toys to write an instruction manual, which will improve their technical writing skills. (Photo: K-State Alumni Association)

Giving the students the opportunity to take these classes in the United States pushes them to learn and explore in a new culture, Doh said. 

During their visit, the students also experienced American culture by attending the Fourth of July fireworks display in Wamego, Kansas, a Kansas City Royals baseball game and the Riley County Fair and Rodeo. 

It's Doh's wish that the students have the opportunity to make the same connection with the K-State family that he made during his time here more than twenty years ago. 

Doh recalls his years at K-State fondly. In addition to his educational experience, he and his fellow colleagues met in Aggieville to reconnect after long work weeks. He also enjoyed watching K-State basketball and saw coach Lon Kruger take the team to a second place finish in the Big Eight Conference. 

“Buildings change, the scenery changes, but for the most part, the atmosphere at K-State is the same as it was,” Doh said. It's what makes K-State great.

Currently, there are nearly 250 K-State alumni and friends in Korea, making it the sixth largest international K-State alumni group. To learn more about K-State international clubs, visit www.k-state.com/internationalclubs.

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