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Dr. Jeong H. Kim


Chairman, Kiswe Mobile, Inc.

Former President, Bell Labs

In 1991 Dr. Jeong H. Kim received the first Ph.D. in reliability engineering granted from the University of Maryland. He also served as a professor of practice in the Clark School of Engineering.

Currently Dr. Kim serves as Chairman of Kiswe Mobile Inc., a start up focusing on interactive mobile video. Dr. Kim served as Bell Labs' president from April, 2005 until February, 2013. During that time he oversaw the communication industry's most heralded Research and Development organization. His team, which spanned four continents, was responsible for designing the products and services that are at the forefront of communications technology, and they conducted fundamental research in a wide variety of fields such as optical networking/photonics, nanotechnology, wireless/mobility, physical sciences, computing and information sciences, and network software.
Dr. Kim joined Alcatel-Lucent in May 1998 when Lucent acquired Yurie Systems, Inc., a high-tech communications equipment company that he founded in 1992 and for which he served as chairman and CEO. During his tenure at Alcatel-Lucent, Dr. Kim initially served as the president of Lucent's Broadband Carrier Networks, where he was responsible for Lucent's data networking products and offerings to service providers worldwide. Dr. Kim was instrumental in defining and realizing the company's strategic direction in broadband networking. In 1999 Dr. Kim was named chief operating officer, and later president, of Lucent's Optical Network Group where he oversaw the development, marketing, and manufacturing of Lucent's next-generation optical networking systems for use in core and metropolitan telecommunications networks. Dr. Kim and his team were also responsible for building integrated networks that combined the latest breakthroughs in optical and data networking.
Dr. Kim left Lucent in 2001 to join the University of Maryland faculty, where he held joint appointments in both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Kim rejoined Lucent in April of 2005 as president of Bell Labs. He later also became the Chief Strategy Officer for Alcatel-Lucent and a member of that company’s Management Committee.
Dr. Kim's early career encompassed computer design, satellite systems design, and data communications, and he also served seven years as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. He holds a Ph.D. in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in technical management, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Johns Hopkins University. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa from Postech University in South Korea.
Dr. Kim has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including: University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame Award, University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame Award, the Johns Hopkins University Blumenthal Award, the ICAS Liberty Award, the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, the Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the KPMG Peat Marwick LLP High Tech Entrepreneur Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Korea Society Van Fleet Award, the Maryland High Technology Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Washington Business Hall of Fame award, New Jersey Inventor’s Hall of Fame Award, CIA Director’s Award, the Chinese Institute of Engineers’ Lifetime Achievement award, and most recently he was appointed Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur, the highest decoration awarded by France.
Dr. Kim currently sits on the boards of Schneider Electric SA in France and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

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