Wearing a medal, Jeong Kim poses with President Biden.
Jeong Kim and President Biden

On October 23, Jeong Kim, ’82, MS ’89, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Joe Biden, recognizing him for “exemplary achievements in science, technology, and innovation to strengthen our nation’s well-being.”

First presented in 1985, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the nation’s highest award for technological achievement. It recognizes American innovators whose vision, intellect, creativity, and determination have strengthened America’s economy and improved our quality of life. Kim was honored at the White House with the nine other 2023 recipients, as well as the nine recipients of the 2023 National Medal of Science.

An alumnus of Computer Science, Kim has served as a Johns Hopkins trustee and a member of the Whiting School’s Advisory Board.

“It’s wonderful to see Jeong’s many accomplishments—from his work in computer and satellite system design to his career as an entrepreneur—recognized like this,” said Dean Ed Schlesinger. “We have benefited tremendously from Jeong’s vast experiences as a leader in engineering and industry and from his dedication to the school. Over the years, his guidance and counsel have been invaluable and have enabled our progress on multiple fronts. We are proud of our connections to him and are thrilled that he has received this well-deserved honor.”

Kim is co-founder and chairman of Kiswe Mobile, overseeing the development of livestreaming and interactive video platforms for sporting events and concerts. A previous entrepreneurial endeavor, Yurie Systems, was sold to Lucent Technologies in a billion-dollar transaction. Kim also served as president of Bell Laboratories for eight years.

After graduating early from high school, Kim was awarded a scholarship to the Whiting School of Engineering, earning bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science in three years. He worked towards his master’s degree in technical management at Hopkins while serving in the U.S. Navy and was later awarded a PhD in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland.

Kim is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a professor of the practice in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering.