Korean Recognition of Dr. White

05/13/2007

On May 13, 2007, the Korean Consulate General in Chicago, Board of Education recognized Dr. James L. White, the Harold A. Morton Professor of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron, for his achievements in founding both the Department and Institute of Polymer Engineering at the university, and for his significant contributions to the polymer community in South Korea. Out of Dr. White's total 78 graduates to date, 46 Korean students have received their Ph.D. (42) and M.S. (4) degrees under his direction. They are currently actively contributing to polymer communities in the United States, South Korea, and other countries

Held at Lee's BBQ & Sushi Restaurant in Massillon, Ohio, the program included several speeches and presentations. Since the date coincided with Mother's Day, Professor Sadhan Jana, who is currently Chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering, gave a brief speech on the meaning of "academic mother." Dr. Avraam I. Isayev, Distinguished Professor of Polymer Engineering, who started the Department and Institute with Professor White, told a story about his first experience in the Olson building and working with Professor White.

Accolades were many as Professor White received three plaques. Dr. Myung Gene Lee, president of MGL International, Inc., and representing the Korean Consulate General in Chicago, Board of Education, presented Dr. White with a plaque in recognition of his significant contribution to the Korean polymer community. Mr. Han Young Lee, president of the Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland, bestowed another plaque from KAAGC as a thank you for advising so many Korean students. The third award was presented by Professor Kwang-Jea Kim from the Department of Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University. Dr. Kim, one of Dr. White's alums and organizer of the celebration, presented Dr. White with a plaque engraved with the names of all of his graduates. Alumni of Dr. White in both the United States and Korea financially supported the event and Kumho Tires Technical Center at Akron donated four tires to Professor White.

At the end of the program, Dr. White gave a short speech on the past and current circumstances and developments of the Korean polymer community. Honored by the celebration, he also stated that the main reason why he could advise so many Korean students was because they performed their research well, faithfully, and successfully.

Sushi and appetizers

Professor James L. White with his long time colleague Professor Avraam Isayev.

Dinner with colleagues, graduates, students, and their families.

Quiz time. Winner gets one Sashimi as a prize. Vegetarians had to give up their Sashimi.

Professor Avraam Isayev, a colleague who started the Department and Institute with Professor White, gives a story of his first experience in Olson building, currently called the old polymer engineering building, and working with Professor White.

Professor Sadhan Jana, Chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering, gave a speech on the meaning of "academic mother" since the celebration date coincided with Mother's Day.

Dr. Myung Gene Lee presents a plaque on behalf of Korean Consulate General in Chicago, Board of Education to Harold A. Morton Professor Dr. James L. White.

Mr. Han Young Lee, president of the Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland (KAAGC), presents a plaque to Dr. James L. White as a thank you for advising many Korean students.

Professor Kwang-Jea Kim from the Department of Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University and alum of Dr. White's, presents him with a plaque engraved with the names of all of his graduates.

Professor White gives a short speech on the past and current circumstances and developments of the Korean polymer community.

The conclusion to a great celebration!

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