Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee
Executive Vice Chairman
Hyundai Motor Company

Wharton Speaker >> Biography


PhD., Mechanical Engineering,The State University of New York at Stony Brook

M.S., Mechanical Engineering,The State University of New York at Stony Brook

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University


Work Experience:

2009-Present       Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor, Korea

2007-2008            President, Head of Corporate R&D Division, Platform TFT

2005-2007            Presiend, Head of Corporate R&D Division

2001-2005            Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Power Train R&D Center

In charge of all the Gasoline and Diesel engine, manual and automatic transmission R&D for both Kia and Hyundai Motor Company including commercial vehicles

2000-2001            Executive Vice President

1999-2000            Executive Vice President, Head of Namyang Vehichle R&D Center

                                Developed Equus, Trajet, Avante XD and Optima

1997-1999            Senior Vice President, Head of Ulsan Vehicle R&D Center

                                Developed Verna, Libero and Santa Fe

1996-1997            Senior Vice President, Assistant Head of HMC’S worldwide R&D

                                Head of Corporate product planning department

1993-1995            Director

                                In charge of the Gasoline and Diesel engine Research and Development

1989-1992            Assistant Director

                                In charge of the Gasoline engine design and development

Head of corporate’s advanced engineering division (Electronics, Material, NVH, Vehicle dynamics and Vehicle safety)

1984-1988            Senior General Manager, Head of Gasoline engine test department

                                PM for the I-4 Gasoline engines, α and β.

1981-1984               Assistant Professor at GMI

                                Taught Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, Heat Transfer.

                                Thermo-dynamics, Mechanical engineering Lab and Design course

1973-1977               Instructor of Mechanical Engineering Department at Korea Air Force Academy

Also served as the chief officer of the Engine test Lab (Internal combustion engine, Jet engine and Rocket engine test)

Also involved as a member of the Ground to Ground Missle project team.

Award and Qualification:

2009                       Korea Top Science Technician Award from Ministry of Education, Science & Technology

2009                       Grand prize from The National Academy of Engineering of Korea

2008                       Respectful Alumni prize of Seoul National University

2008                       2008 Best CTO award from Korean Industrial Technology Association

2006                       International Management Institute CEO Award (Technology Innovation)

2005                       Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit from The Federation of Korean Industries

1999                       Gold medal for the contribution of the Anti-Pollution technology development from Chosun Daily News Paper

1999                       Best technology prize from chairman of Hyundai Group for the development of β-engine

1996                       Member of the board of Korean society of Mechanical Engineers

1996                       Awarded Presidential Citation at the National Invention Convention

                                Chairman of the Korean Chamber of Commerce

1991                       Commendation for the IR 52 Jang Young Shil Prize from Minister of Science and Technology for the development of Korea’s first developed engine α.