Hyun Kwon

Kwon has worked at Andrews University for 13 years and is currently professor of engineering and chair of the Department of Engineering. As department chair, she strives to provide the best education for our students, and as a professor, she teaches courses with her best efforts and conducts research.

Kwon leads out in NSF-funded research, where she collaborates with other departments and works closely with her student researchers. She always finds her job challenging and feels the need to learn new things and develop herself.

What are you involved with that allows you to change the world around you?

Serving Andrews means serving young minds. I work with students to prepare them to succeed in an engineering workplace and also be leaders in the community. It is rewarding to see my students have a successful career and become central members of the community and the church. One step at a time, I am changing the world by educating young minds.

I also conduct research to change biosensor instrumentation through ubiquitous mobile technologies. This research will revolutionize the biosensor to be reliable, affordable and connected.

How did you get into this work/activity/project/etc.?

I have served Andrews for 13 years. I wasn’t raised in a Christian family but accepted Christianity when I finished my doctoral studies, which led me to see the world from a different view. My prayer was to be used as God’s instrument to spread his goodwill using my talents. God led me to Andrews and I never doubted that this was his plan for me and I strive to be better at it every day. This is my daily ministry where I work with young students to be prepared for the world and become leaders.

How have you been changed by this?

I greatly appreciate all the years at Andrews because I have grown a lot with the department. I’ve learned to trust in God, rely on others, and also have confidence in myself. I always feel that I’m not perfect but I strive to be better every day to prove the Bible verse: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Corinthians 1:27) I learned that God always has His people. We’ve had many difficult times, but God always prepared what we needed. I learned to trust Him through this journey.

How have you changed others?

Engineering is one of the fastest growing departments on campus. We have grown 40 percent over the last four years, are ABET accredited, and continue to expand. Our alumni always visit to thank the dedicated faculty. A recent graduate wrote to me: “Thank you for the motivation that you give to us students to pursue our dreams and goals.” We are making little footsteps through our daily ministry and making the world a better place.