Distinguished Lecture

Samsung Innovation

Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, ECE Alumni Impact Award WinnerPresidentSamsung SDS

Samsung is a market leader in world changing technologies such as mobile phones, TVs, and semiconductors. As we look towards the future, we see opportunities to further demonstrate our willingness and ability to innovate in evolving areas such as automobiles, 5G, and
Biopharmaceuticals by leveraging our capabilities in enabling technologies like IoT, analytics,
cloud, and mobility.
Dr. Won-Pyo Hong is President of Samsung SDS, a global information technology and services company employing more than 10,000 individuals. He is an established authority and industry leader in IT, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) space. Before assuming his current position, he was the President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics and played a critical role in positioning Samsung as the world's premiere handset manufacturer and global brand. As Head of Global Product Strategy for the Mobile Communications Business, he introduced the GALAXY franchise to Samsung's mobile portfolio and established it as the most popular and advanced line of Android products. He managed GALAXY's design and product specifications, and was responsible for spearheading several industry-leading innovations like Super-AMOLED displays, multi-core processors, and LTE-A connectivity.

After earning his PhD investigating the molecular structures of exotic materials under the supervision of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya, Dr. Hong joined Bell Communications Research Inc., in New Jersey, where he led several high-capacity communication system research projects. He followed this with thirteen years at Korea Telecom Corporation and its mobile subsidiary, where he led the company's global expansion and CDMA commercialization, and played a key role in the successful launch of the world's first true mobile broadband service.

Dr. Hong's recent keynote speeches at CES (2016), CeBIT (2015) and SDC (Samsung Developer Conference, 2014) have attracted thousands of industry experts.

Dr. Hong is the inaugural recipient of the ECE Alumni Impact Award. This award is the highest recognition granted by ECE to its alumni. It recognizes alumni who have made a significant and lasting impact in any or all of the following areas: technology, education, industry, government, society. Awardees are often regarded as visionaries within their field.

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