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Biography PhotoDr.  Jeong Kim

Dr. Jeong Kim is currently Chairman of Kiswe Mobile Inc., a start up focusing on interactive mobile video. Prior to that, he was President of Bell Labs and Chief Strategy Officer of Alcatel-Lucent and a member of the Alcatel-Lucent Management Committee. Successful businessman, professor, and member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Kim articulated his goal of bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to his positions that generates revolutionary technologies and dramatic impact in the marketplace.

Jeong Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and emigrated to the United States with his family at 14. He attended the Johns Hopkins University, where in three years he completed degrees in electrical engineering and computer science while working for Digitus, a technology start-up in which he became a partner. After a seven-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer — a period in which he received a master's degree in technical management from Hopkins — Dr. Kim joined AlliedSignal to work at the Naval Research Laboratory. During his tenure at Allied Signal he earned a doctorate in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland.

In 1992, Dr. Kim launched Yurie Systems, the enterprise that would define him as one of the nation's most successful high-tech entrepreneurs. He was designated by Ernst & Young as the National Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. So successful was Yurie that in February 1997 Dr. Kim took the firm public; in May of that same year, Business Week ranked Yurie the #1 Hot Growth Company among all public companies in the United States. In 1998, Lucent Technologies acquired Yurie for $1.1 billion in cash.

Dr. Kim stayed on with Lucent as the Optical Networking Group's President until 2001, when he returned to the University of Maryland to teach engineering. Between 2001 and 2002, he served on the 8 member U.S. Presidential Commission Review of US Intelligence. Dr. Kim also served on the Board of Trustees of John Hopkins, the Board of Regents for the University System in Maryland, the Board of Directors of Georgetown University and the Board of Visitors of the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University.

A member of the Washington Business Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Achievement, he was inducted into the University of Maryland's Innovation Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010. The university also named its new Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building in his honor. He also received the Blumenthal Award from Johns Hopkins University.  Among a long list of other honors, Dr. Kim was designated as a KPMG Peat Marwick High Tech Entrepreneur, recognized by PanAmerican CoC as one of the 10 Most Influential Asian Americans in Business, awarded with the Van Fleet Award by the Korea Society, and the Liberty Award by the Institute for Corean-American Studies. He was the recipient of the Chinese Institute of Engineers' Lifetime Achievement Award, the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Trustees Award, and the CIA Directors' Award. 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.  Most recently Dr. Kim was appointed Chevalier de la Legion D'Honneur, the highest decoration awarded by France.

Dr. Kim sat on numerous corporate, University and non-profit boards and currently serves as a Board Member for Schneider Electric SA in France and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. 

Dr. Kim is continuously sought-out for his insights regarding innovation and business by ministers and national leaders throughout the world.