On November 3, 2015, in coordination with the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C., a select group of highly successful students of diverse disciplinary backgrounds from KAIST, formerly known as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, a public research university located in Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon, South Korea, visited the George Washington University School of Engineering (GWSE).

Sitting in a naturally well-lit room of modern architecture and sleek design, with wall-to-wall glass surrounding the classroom to expose the top-of-the-line equipment and research laboratories of the institution, the group convened to listen to introductory remarks of Dilara Bogut, a member of KMI’s operations team, and the Korean Management Institute at GWU through the assistance of an interpreter.

The KMI, which serves as the first country-specific research institution on Korea, was explained to draw parallels to the student’s interests and purpose in visiting the U.S. that week. Explaining that as youth of Korea, the KMI and GW looks forward to the success to its youth in furthering the development of US-Korea relations.

As students of a research-based institution, the floor was then opened to Dr. Zhenyu Li, Assistant Professor at the GWSE and researcher on nanophotonics and microfluidics. Dr. Li’s presentation, titled, “Handheld and Wearable Sensors for Decentralized Medical Diagnostics,” drew the attention of the students, raising their hands to inquire on this process and that process, particularly on the topic of current in vitro diagnostics (IVD).