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He is the Cross Professor Emeritus at M.I.T. and former President of KAIST. He was awarded the ASME Medal, the General Pierre Nicolau Award of CIRP, and many others. He advanced axiomatic design theory, wear theories, and microcellular plastics. He invented a large number of products and processes, including the OLEV, MH, and MuCell. He received 9 honorary degrees from four continents. During his tenure at KAIST, KAIST became the second highest-ranked university in Asia.