A Seoul-ful summer
By Ashley R. Fazio
Over the past decade, the Watson School has developed a collaborative partnership with Samsung — a household name and the largest cell-phone manufacturer in the world. The relationship is principally attributed to Seungbae ‘SB’ Park, professor of mechanical engineering, whose research with Samsung for the past 10 years has focused on the mechanical reliability of electronic products. Today, in addition to working with research centers on campus, Samsung is also working with faculty on specific research endeavors.
President Stenger met with Cheol Kyo Kim, president and CEO of Samsung Techwin, in South Korea this past March to sign a memorandum of understanding providing for the internship and fellowship program with the company.
As a result, beginning this summer, Binghamton University students are experiencing the challenge and reward of working with this technology giant when they intern in Korea. “As Samsung interns, our students are part of a truly international company and will have an invaluable opportunity to enhance their engineering skills while working across cultures, developing a skill set integral to our increasingly globalized world,” says Dean Srihari.
Becoming a Samsung intern in the flagship year was competitive. Approximately 80 students attended an information session, after which they submitted a résumé, cover letter and recommendation. Those who met the minimum requirements and could sell their strengths in print entered the two-part interview process. Students faced a panel of Binghamton faculty and staff and then interviewed with employees from the technology giant using Skype.
In addition to the annual internships, there are opportunities for faculty to spend a summer at Samsung or take sabbaticals working with this multinational industrial leader.