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Gwangson Choe

  Dr. Gwangson Choe (a.k.a. G. S. Choe) is an Professor of Astronomy and Space Science at Kyung Hee University in Yongin, Korea. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Space Physics from University of Alaska Fairbanks with Prof. Lou-Chuang Lee (currently Minister of National Science Council of Taiwan) as advisor. As a graduate student, he received the 1991 Donald E. Billings International Award in Astro-Geophysics for his paper on solar prominence formation. After his Ph.D., he spent a year at the Geophysical Institute of University of Alaska as a postdoctoral research associate and at the same time worked at the Department of Physics of the same university as a lecturer. In 1996, he joined the Space Plasma Physics Group of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) led by Dr. Frank Cheng as a postdoctoral researcher. After having spent two years (1997-1998) as Assistant Professor at Tongmyong University of Information Technology in Busan, Korea, he rejoined the Theory Division of PPPL as an Associate Research Physicist. In 2001, he became a Staff Research Physicist and stayed there until he came back to Korea as an Associate Professor at Kyung Hee University. His research fields include theoretical and numerical modeling of solar activities, among which are formation and eruption of solar prominences, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, theories on geomagnetic substorms, self-organization and nonlinearities in space plasmas, and computational methods in magnetohydrodynamics and plasma physics. His scientific interest, however, is not limited to these only, and he is also investigating part time the angular momentum transport in accretion disks and generation of astrophysical jets. Since 2007, he has been leading the Heliospheric Plasma Physics Lab within the Department of Astronomy and Space Science. He is currently a Co-I of the multi-million dollar WCU project supported by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and takes part in the theory and modeling of solar and solar-terrestrial environments in the project.