This year, the Department of Geosciences has three visiting scholars from different parts of the globe studying and researching with Geosciences faculty. Geosciences has had the pleasure of welcoming international perspectives to the department from South Korea, China and Russia. Each visiting scholar is working with a faculty member as they study and research scientific topics in the different concentrations in Geosciences. In the end, their results will attach UWM’s name to internationally-recognized scientific research, as well as continue current collaborations with UWM and different countries around the world.
Dr. Kue-Young Kim is a visiting scholar from South Korea who arrived at UWM in Late July. While in South Korea, Dr. Kim works for the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM). He completed his PhD in hydrogeology at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in 2007. Because of the hydrology background, it was an easy choice for Dr. Kim to choose to study with UWM Geosciences’ Professor Dr. Weon Shik Han. The collaboration between Dr. Kim and Dr. Han was made back in 2010. Since then, they have published journals together and presented in numerous scientific conferences. “I believe international collaboration will enhance the scientific understanding and technological development between UWM and KIGAM,” said Dr. Kim.
Dr. Kim and Dr. Han are currently working on a project titled, “Development of MMV technology for CO2 geologic storage,” and will continue to work on it past his stay. They both have submitted a couple of research grant proposals and scientific journal articles and are waiting for the feedback. They were recently awarded a Natural Science Foundation grant, allowing them to collaborate and continue their project after Dr. Kim returns to KIGAM, further connecting UWM to South Korea.