Curriculum Vita of Soojong Pak


    When I was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, I made the control software and the data reduction software of the Fabry-Perot spectrometer, which observes diffuse NIR line emissions (Luhman et al. 1995). This spectrometer had a single InSb detector to maximize the AΩ. throughput. We installed this at various telescopes with the same AΩ. value. We surveyed diffused H2 line emissions from the central 400 pc regions of the Galaxy at the 0.9 m McDonald telescope (Pak et al. 1996) and from the LMC at the 1.5 m CTIO telescope (Pak et al. 1998). We also searched various emission lines from the star forming regions in M82 at the 5 m Palomar telescope (Pak et al. 2004).
    Upon graduating, I joined the NIR IFU spectrometer project, VLT/SINFONI, in the Max-Planck-Institute fur extraterrestrische Physik (Thatte et al. 1998). I made the low-level control software of the HAWAII detector. In 1998, I returned to South Korea and participated in the Japanese IR space telescope project, AKARI (ASTRO-F). My Korean research team was in charge of observation simulations and reduction pipeline (Jeong et al. 2003; Jeong et al. 2004). I also led the NIR camera project, KASINICS, at the 1.8 m telescope in South Korea (Moon et al. 2008), and the optical camera projects, CQUEAN and SQUEAN, at the 2.1 m McDonald telescope (Park et al. 2012; Kim et al. 2016).
    Recently, my research group in Kyung Hee University made the software (Le et al. 2015; Lee et al. 2020; Sim et al. 2014) for the Immersion Grating Infrared Spectrograph (IGRINS) at the 2.7 m McDonald telescope (Mace et al. 2016), the 4.3 m Discovery Channel Telescope, and the 8.1 m Gemini Telescopes (Mace et al. 2018). We also developed the Kyung Hee University Automatic Observing Software (KAOS, Pak et al. 2019). The KAOS system consists of universal software packages to operate semi-automatic small size (D < 1 m) telescopes. The unique strength of our software is that it is made with software engineering methods. The structured and documented architecture design allows the software system not to rely on software engineers or graduate students. We are currently working on the design of the control software for the Giant Magellan Telescope Multi-object Astronomical and Cosmological Spectrograph (GMACS, DePoy et al. 2018).


    Kyung Hee University
    School of Space Research
    Department of Astronomy and Space Science
    College of Applied Science
    1732 Deogyeong-daero, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si
    Gyunggi-do 446-701, Republic of Korea

    Office: 031-201-3813, 031-201-2440 Fax: 031-204-8122

    E-mail: soojong at

    경기도 용인시 기흥구 덕영대로 1732
    대학원 우주탐사학과 (우 17104)


    1. 1986 Mar - 1990 Feb
        Seoul National University, Dept. of Astronomy
        Bachelor of Science
    2. 1990 Mar - 1991 Feb
        Seoul National University, Dept. of Electrical Engineering
        Undergraduate Courses
    3. 1991 Sep - 1994 May
        Univ. of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Astronomy
        Master of Arts (Advisor: Prof. Daniel T. Jaffe)
    4. 1994 Jun - 1997 Aug
        Univ. of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Astronomy
        Doctor of Philosophy (Advisor: Prof. Daniel T. Jaffe)


    1. 1997 Aug - 1998 May
        Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik
        Postdoctoral Research Associate
        (Advisor: Prof. Reinhard Genzel)
    2. 1998 Sep - 2002 Dec
        Seoul National University, Department of Astronomy
        Assistant Professor
    3. 2001 Aug - 2002 Aug
        Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS)
        Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
        Visiting Associate Professor
    4. 2002 Dec - 2006 Feb
        Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
        Senior Researcher
    5. 2006 Mar - 2009 Aug
        Kyung Hee University, Department of Astronomy and Space Science
        Associate Professor
    6. 2009 Sep - 2011 Feb
        Kyung Hee University, School of Space Research
        Associate Professor
    7. 2010 Mar - 2012 Feb
    8. 2012 Jan - 2012 Dec
    9. 2011 Mar - NOW
        Kyung Hee University, School of Space Research


    1. The Korean Astronomical Society
    2. The Korean Space Science Society
    3. Optical Society of Korea
    4. American Astronomical Society
    5. Insternational Astronomical Union


    1. 1999 Mar - 2000 Feb
        Development of Detector Control System
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: SNU, Budget: KRW 7M)
    2. 1999 Jul - 2001 Dec
        Development of Satellite Dish Instrallation Method using the Sun Shade
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: SolarSat.COM, Budget: KRW 90M)
    3. 2000 Jun - 2001 Dec
        Development of Wide Field Camera System
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 20M)
    4. 2002 Sep - 2003 Aug
        Study of Emission Lines from the Ionization Regions in NGC 4449
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 10M)
    5. 2003 Oct - 2004 May
        Feasibility Study of International Collaboration Works for SPICA
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 38M)
    6. 2004 Jan - 2007 Dec
        Study of Galaxy Evolution using Multi-wavelength Observations
        (PI: H Matsuhara, Sponsor: JSPS, Budget: JPY 43M)
    7. 2004 Jan - 2006 Dec
        Development of KASI Near-IR Camera System: KASINICS
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 570M)
    8. 2004 Jul - 2006 Jun
        Development of Protomodel of Space Infrared Cryogenic System: PSICS
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KRCF, Budget: KRW 350M)
    9. 2004 Jul - 2006 Jun
        Study of Bipolr Outflows from Young Stellar Objects
        (PI: M Choi, Sponsor: KOSEF, Budget: KRW 40M)
    10. 2005 Mar - 2005 Dec
        Feasibility Study of Large Space Telescopes
        (PI: H M Lee, Sponsor: MOST, Budget: KRW 45M)
    11. 2005 Apr - 2008 Mar
        Study of Formation and Evolution of Galaxies and Super-massive Black Hole
        (PI: M Im, Sponsor: MOST, Budget: KRW 330M)
    12. 2006 August - 2007 July
        Development of Data Reduction System for Rocket Experimental Space Infrared Camera
        (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 25M)
    13. 2008 June - 2011 Feb
    14. 2009 March - 2009 Dec
        Development of Science Missions for Infrared Spectrometer IGRINS (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 10M)
    15. 2010 Feb - 2010 Dec
        Promotion of Science Research for Infrared Spectrometer IGRINS (PI: B-C Koo, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 20M)
    16. 2010 Feb - 2010 Dec
        Preparing for the GMT-era (PI: M G Lee, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 50M)
    17. 2010 Mar - 2010 Dec
        Study of Star Formation in External Galaxies (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: Gyeonggi Science High School, Budget: KRW 14M)
    18. 2010 June - 2014 Mar
        Development of Software for High Resolution Infrared Spectrometer, IGRINS (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: KASI, Budget: KRW 400M)
    19. 2014 July - 2019 June
        Proto-model Development of Off-Axis Aluminum Telescope for Space Infrared Observations (PI: S Pak, Sponsor: National Research Foundation of Korea, Budget: KRW 450M)

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