Dr. Byiung Jun Park and his wife, Mrs. Chunghi Park generously donated 10 million US dollars in 2007 for the construction of the KI Building in the hopes that KAIST would join the ranks of the greatest universities in the world. Based on their wish, the construction of the KI Building was completed in 2010. At present, nearly 570 professors, researchers, and graduate students are working in this beautiful research space, fully devoting themselves to the development of impactful and innovative technologies.
Byiung Jun (BJ) Park
Dr. Byiung Jun (BJ) Park is a successful entrepreneur and international businessman. Interested in textiles and the mechanical properties of fabric, Dr. Park attended the Rhode Island School of Design for textile engineering, then MIT for his SM degree in Mechanical Engineering, and finally leeds University for a Ph.D. in textile engineering. In 1988, Dr. Park founded what would become a highly successful company called Merchandise Testing Laboratories (MTL) in Brockton, Massachusetts, in the USA. The company grew to become a global leader in consumer product testing, inspection, and social accountability for products shipped to the US from overseas. Under his leadership, MTL garnered prestigious customers such as Ann Taylor, the Gap, Target, and other noteworthy retailers, manufacturers, and importers with product testing operation locations worldwide. In May of 2001, MTL was successfully acquired by the $1.3 billion international quality and safety assurance giant Bureau Veritas. Dr. Park was a member of the KAIST President's Advisory Council from 2007 to 2012.