About the Author
Since 1999, Dr. Hosang Jung has been involved with several projects sponsored by the Korean Government (Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy) and IMS (Intelligent Manufacturing Systems: www.ims.org) regarding supply chain management. In addition, he has published over 12 international journal and proceeding papers on supply chain design and management. He received a best research paper award from the Korean Supply Chain Management Society in June 2002. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech.Prof. F. Frank Chen is currently the John L. Lawrence Endowed Professor of Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech. He was the founding Director (2001-2004) and is currently the Associate Director leading the area of Flexible Automation and Lean Manufacturing Technologies of the Center for High Performance Manufacturing at Virginia Tech. Dr. Chen is currently serving in the Technology Advisory Panel of the U.S. National Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative (www.ngmti.us) with primary responsibilities in helping prioritize U.S. federal research funding in the areas of Enterprise Integration and Model-Based Enterprise. As the author or co-author of over 140 technical papers and reports, Dr. Chen is an associate editor of SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. As one of the nine NSF nominated engineering professors in the nation who received the 1996 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from President Clinton at the White House, Dr. Chen has served as a principal investigator of over $8 million externally funded research projects and equipment grants sponsored by agencies such as National Science Foundation, Caterpillar Inc., Air Force Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and most recently the Commonwealth of Virginia (Commonwealth Technology Research Fund Program), since 1991. Dr. Chen received the B.E. (Industrial Engineering) from Tunghai University (in Taiwan) and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since Prof. Bongju Jeong earned a Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993, he worked in the Semiconductor Division of Samsung Electronics & Co. as a senior researcher. Following his move in 1996 to one of Korea's most prestigious universities - Yonsei University - he has led over 10 projects sponsored by the Korean Government (Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy) and leading companies (Samsung Electronics, Samsung SDS, Corning, and Samsung Display Devices, etc.) as a principal investigator. Also, he has published two (translated) books, and over 30 international journal and proceeding papers on the supply chain management and manufacturing system. He is now an executive member of the Korean Supply Chain Management Society.