Dr. Steve Ahn

Dr. Steve Ahn

Director, Institute for Startup KAIST and Director/Professor of K-School, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

 

Steve Ahn has been with KAIST since 2014. Located at KAIST, Korea’s leading technical university, the Institute for Startup KAIST aims at promoting technology-based startups and helping build up a healthy startup ecosystem in Korea. He started K-School to transform science and engineering students into entrepreneurs. Dr. Ahn has been developing startup simulation games as educational tools for teaching entrepreneurship at K-School.

Steve Ahn worked at Samsung Electronics and held several senior positions. He received the Samsung Group’s Grand Prize for Technical Achievement for his contribution to the world’s 1st development of the 256Mb DRAM. In 2000, he founded Leadis Technology, a fabless semiconductor company in Silicon Valley. Under his leadership as CEO, Leadis completed its initial public offering at NASDAQ in 2004.  

He holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Seoul National University, an M.S. in Materials Science from KAIST, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering both from Stanford University and an Executive MBA from the Tsinghua/INSEAD joint program.