I am a geoscientist whose research focuses on the physics of flow and reactive transport in porous and fractured media. One of my favorite quotes is, “Thinking is the hardest thing a man can do, probably the reason so few of them do it.” by Henry Ford. I frequently remind myself of this quote so that I can constantly challenge myself to become a better person and a more creative scientist.
I am a McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor and the Gibson Chair of Hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota. I received my MSc (2010) and PhD (2014) in Civil & Environmental Engineering at MIT, and I obtained BSc at Seoul National University with summa cum laude in 2008.
I currently teach the following courses: Fluid Earth Dynamics (ESCI 3202), General Hydrogeology (ESCI 4702), Field Hydrogeology Field Camp (4971W/5971), and Fractured Rock Hydrogeology (ESCI 5980).
Honors and Awards
- McKnight Presidential Fellow Award, University of Minnesota, 2023
- George Taylor Career Development Award, University of Minnesota, 2023
- Chin-Fu Tsang Coupled Processes Award, CouFrac 2022
- NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2021
- McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2021
- ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Award, American Chemical Society, 2021
- 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (NTFA), The 3M Company, 2019
- Best paper award from Korean Society of Soil and Groundwater Environment, 2016
- MIT Carroll L. Wilson Award for a biosand filter project in Tanzania and Nigeria, 2014
- MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, 2013
- New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) scholarship award, 2013
- Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) award, 2010-2013
- Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA) from AGU Fall meeting, 2010, 2011
Proverbs 29:23 Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.