Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Speaker #1

Dr. Sang-Ryool LEE

President, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Korea

Title: Current Status and Future Plans of KARI

  1. Work History
    • 2021 – present President of Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
    • 2013 – 2018 Director of GEO-KOMPSAT Program Office, KARI
    • 2011 – 2017 Executive Member of Space Development Promotion Committee, Ministry of Science & ICT (MSIT)
    • 2009 – 2011 Executive Director of Satellite R&D Head Office, KARI
    • 2006 – 2013 Program Director of KOMPSAT-5, KARI
    • 2005 – 2006 Program Director of KOMPSAT-3, KARI
    • 2002 – 2004 Mission Manager of KOMPSAT series, KARI
    • 1993 – 2003 Systems Engineer for KOMPSAT-1
      Head of Systems Engineering & Integration of KOMPSAT-2, KARI
    • 1986 – 1993 Space Engineer, Institute of Space Science and Astronomy (former KARI & KASI)


  2. Education
    • 1990 – 1993 Ph. D. in Automatic Control for Space Application, Paul Sabatier University
    • 1989 – 1990 Specialized Master in Aeronautical and Space Technology, TAS-LS of ENSAE
      (École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) & DEA in Launch Vehicle and Satellite, Paul Sabatier University
    • 1984 – 1986 Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Seoul National University
    • 1980 – 1984 Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Seoul National University


  3. Awards
    • 2007 Order of Science and Technology Merit (Ungbi, Great Achievement)
    • 2000 Civil Merit Medal for KOMPSAT-1 development

Plenary Speaker #2

Dr. Jaiwon Shin

President, UAM Division, Hyundai Motor Group, Korea

Title: Opportunities and Challenges of UAM

  1. Work History
    • 2020.12.16 President, UAM Division, Hyundai Motor Group
    • 2019.9.30 Executive Vice President, UAM Division, Hyundai Motor Group
    • 2008-2019 Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters
    • 2004-2008 Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters
    • 1995-2004 Various leadership positions, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • 1989 Aircraft Icing Senior Researcher, NASA Glenn Research Center


  2. Education
    • 2001 Senior Executive Fellowship Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    • 1989 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • 1985 M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, California State University Long Beach
    • 1982 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University


  3. Awards
    • 2019 NASA Distinguished Service Medal
    • 2017 Aviation Week Laureate Award for Innovation
    • 2008, 2016 2 time recipient of U.S. Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious Presidential Rank Award)
    • 2004 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
    • 1999 NASA Exceptional Service Medal

Plenary Speaker #3

Prof. Shigeru Obayashi

Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Japan

Title: Computational Laminar Flow Technology


Shigeru Obayashi received B.S. and M.S. degree from University of Tsukuba in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He received Doctor of Engineering from University of Tokyo in 1987.

He worked as a visiting scientist at NASA Ames Research Center from 1987, and then joined the faculty of engineering at Tohoku University as an associate professor in 1994. He is a professor at Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan since 2003. He also serves as Director of the Institute from 2014 to 2020. His current research interests include computational fluid dynamics, multidisciplinary design optimization, evolutionary computation, data mining, data assimilation and their real-world applications.

Prof. Obayashi is a member (2020-2026) of Science Council of Japan, the former President (2019) and Fellow of the Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics, the former President (2018) and Fellow of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, the former President (2015-2016) of the Japanese Society for Evolutionary Computation, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineer. His awards and honors include 1993 NASA Ames Honor Award, 2012 Computational Mechanics Award, the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and 2014 the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Plenary Speaker #4

Prof. Jinsong Leng

Centre for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China

Title: Smart Composite Structures and Their Aerospace Applications


Prof. Jinsong Leng is the Cheung Kong Chair Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, and he is the director of the Center for Smart Materials and Structures and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials. His Research Fields include Smart Materials and Structures, Sensors and Actuators, Stimulus Responsive Polymers (Shape Memory and Electro-Active Polymers) and their composites, Multifunctional Nanocomposites, etc. Prof. Leng has been served as the Vice President of International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM), Vice President of Chinese Society for Composite Materials (CSCM). He has also been elected as Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, World Fellow of ICCM, Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Fellow of the SPIE, Fellow of Institute of Physics (IOP), Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IMMM) and Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Plenary Speaker #5

Air Vice Marshal (retd) Mark Skidmore AM

Executive Chairman, Skykraft, Australia
non-executive Director, QinetiQ Australia, Australia
Australianon-executive Director , TAE Aerospace, Australia
Director, Swift Aerospace Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia

Title: Flight Testing a 1910 Design Aircraft – My Experience


Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in both civilian and military aviation.
Mark had an outstanding military aviation career, beginning as an F-111 pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force in the early 1980s. A qualified test pilot, he led RAAF research and development squadrons and was promoted to Australia’s Air Commander, holding oversight for Australia’s air operations, and reached the rank of Air Vice Marshal before retiring in 2012. Mark has also worked in civilian aviation as Director of Aviation Safety and CEO, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and as a test pilot and business development manager. He has led large teams of operational, technical and administrative support staff providing leadership for operational, training and support functions.

In 2007 Mark was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the Director of the Coalition Combined Air Operations Centre in the Middle East Area of Operations. In 2010 Mark was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his exceptional service as the Air Commander Australia and in a range of other senior appointments.

Today Mark is part of the general aviation community, owning and regularly flying a Globe Swift GC-1B aircraft and an ex-RAAF CT4A.