South Korea Engineering Tour 2018 Organized by the AIAA HKUST Student Branch

Hyundai Heavy Industries Ulsan (HHI)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Branch at HKUST (AIAA@HKUST) has successfully organized the South Korea Engineering Tour during 8-14 January 2018, which offered students an opportunity to explore the latest development of aerospace and heavy industries in South Korea. A group of 33 participants, including 30 students and three MAE faculty members participated in the week-long trip to Seoul, Daejeon, Ulsan and Busan and visited a total of nine engineering-related companies and universities. This trip was co-sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, and the School of Engineering.

“Another year, and another AIAA@HKUST trip overseas. So far, the student branch has visited Singapore (2014), Mainland China (2015) and Japan (2016). This year has probably been the most comprehensive trip yet. Why South Korea? Simply put, South Korea is an engineering powerhouse with tremendous developments across all fields of engineering. Looking back, I was fascinated by all the places we visited on the trip, but the most rewarding thing for me was to see all the participants enjoying the trip.” – Konrad Chan, AIAA@HKUST Chairman, Year 3 Mechanical Engineering student

The South Korea Engineering Tour began in Seoul, where the group visited Samsung D’light and the Korea Aerospace University. They then travelled to Daejeon to visit the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Satellite Technology Research Center and KAIST. The group then continued on to Ulsan and toured the facilities at the Hyundai Motors Ulsan Plant and Hyundai Heavy Industries. On the last day, the group travelled to Busan and visited the Korean Air Tech Center and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction.