Bringing High-Definition Monitors to the World: Sang-Beom Han M.S. ’85 Ph.D. ’91
Sang-Beom Han M.S. ’85 Ph.D. ’91 recalls his Castle Point days fondly — and credits them in part for his remarkable success.
“I will always remember being on campus, gazing at the spectacular Manhattan skyline,” he has said. “It inspired me to do my best, and reminded me how lucky I was to study at Stevens.”
Han obtained both a master’s in materials and metallurgical engineering and then a doctorate in materials from Stevens. When opportunities called, he returned to his native South Korea — eventually becoming a world-class technology executive.
Han most recently served as president and chief executive officer of LG Display, the world’s leading display maker. Han has been credited with leading LG Display’s information technology and TV business units to positions of international prominence.
As head of the IT unit in 2007, his team developed monitors and notebook PC panels into best-selling LCD products, advancing LG’s position in the global market. As head of the TV unit in 2010, he led the successful launch of FPR (Film Type Patterned Retarder) 3D technology. Under his leadership, the company also brought the world’s first ultra-high definition (UHD) LCD panels and 55-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV panels to market, products now widely available and popular.
For these accomplishments and others, Han received the prestigious Stevens International Achievement Award in 2014. Accepting the award, he again noted his alma mater's role in his success.
“I have always regarded my years at Stevens," said Han, "as instrumental to my achievement."