Young-Ho CHO is a Founding Professor (2002~) of Bio and Brain Engineering Department and a Former Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at KAIST, where he has pioneered NBIT convergence research as the Director of Cell Bench Research Center (2008~), NanoSentuating System Laboratory (2002~), Micromachines and Microsystems Laboratory (1994~2003) at KAIST. Professor Cho has also led National Convergence Research as the Director of Digital Nanolocomotion Center (Since 2000), Human Sentuating System Laboratory (Since 2010) as well as Circulating Tumor Cell Research Center (Since 2011), funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.
Since 1987, Dr. Cho has pioneered MEMS research on the design, fabrication, and characterization of N/MEMS for biomedical, automotive, electronics, computer and information applications. His special interests have been focused on the Bio-inspired N/MEMS, where bio-inspired actuators and detectors are integrated with cognitive profilers for the high-performance, low-power, low-cost processing of multi-modal carriers in nano/micro-scales.
For international technical society, Dr. Cho has served as a Technical Program Committee Member of the major international N/MEMS conferences, including IEEE MEMS, IEEE Optical MEMS, IEEE Sensors, Transducers, Micro-Total Analysis Syetems and Power MEMS conferences. Dr. Cho also served as the Chair of IEEE MEMS Conference (2003), World Micromachine Summit (2008), and International PowerMEMS Conference (2011).
In Korea, Professor Cho has served as the Founding Chair of MEMS Division in Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Steering Committee Chair of Korea National MEMS Programs, the Executive Review Board for National R&D Programs, and the Planning and Adjustment Committee for National Science and Technology Council.
Dr. Cho has been recognized as an international MEMS specialist by the Marquis WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD (1994~) and the Marquis WHO'S WHO IN THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (1995~). Dr. Cho was also honored with the Medal of Honors for Science and Technology (2008) from the President of Korea, the Grand Prize for Nanotechnology Research Innovation (2005) from the Deputy Prime Minister of Science and Technology, National Nano & Bio Scientist Award (2003) from the Minister of Science and Technology.
He received a B.S. degree (1980) summa cum laude from Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea; a M.S. degree (1982) from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Seoul, Korea; and a Ph.D. degree (1991) from the University of California at Berkeley, being the first ME Ph.D. of MEMS major in U.S.A. Previously, he worked as a Research Scientist (1982-1986) of CAD/CAM Research Laboratory, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, Korea; a Post-Graduate Researcher (1987-1990) and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (1991) of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) at the University of California at Berkeley.