The Professor Nakho Sung Endowment for Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Travel

Professor Nakho Sung’s family has made a generous donation toward establishing  “The Professor Nakho Sung Endowment for Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Travel” in honor of Professor Sung’s decades-long contributions to Tufts University and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as a scholar and mentor. The fund will recognize outstanding students pursuing a PhD degree in the broad area of materials, and support their professional growth. Alumni, friends and former colleagues interested in helping with this effort can make donations through the link below:

Choose “Other – Nakho Sung Student Travel Award” until a formal account has been established. Please reach out to the Department at should you have any questions or need assistance. The Department is deeply grateful for the generosity of Professor Sung’s family.

About Professor Nakho Sung

Professor Sung joined Tufts in 1978 and served as chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering from 2007-2011. With interests in polymer science and engineering, Professor Sung’s research focused on structural composites and multiphase systems. He was the founder and director of the Laboratory for Materials and Interfaces at Tufts. In addition to creating several new materials science courses at Tufts, Professor Sung supervised dozens of undergraduate research and MS and PhD thesis projects. His impact on students was recognized in 2013 when he was awarded the Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising.

Professor Sung was heavily involved with the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) as a core member throughout much of his career. He served as the 30th KSEA President and continued his involvement in KSEA after his retirement from Tufts in 2013, serving on various committees in the organization. Professor Sung was also the President of the Korean American University Professor’s Association in America (KAUPA). He was an active member of multiple professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

He earned several honors and awards including being inducted as an elected member to the prestigious Korean National Academy of Engineering and receiving the National Medal of Honor in Science and Technology with highest distinction – the highest national honor bestowed upon individual scientists and engineers in South Korea. Over the course of his prolific career, he published more than 100 technical papers and chapters, edited a book, and held multiple patents.

Professor Sung’s decades-long dedication and service to the Tufts community and his far-reaching impact will be sorely missed. Please come join us in celebrating his legacy. Please RSVP below for headcount, and email Professor Hyunmin Yi at for any questions.

Symposium Details

Date: October 25, 2023
Venue: Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

10:30aOpening remarks
Hyunmin Yi
10:45aFacilitated Transport Membranes in the Solid State
Yongsoo Kang
11:15aPolymer Self-Assembly for Novel Membranes
Ayse Asatekin
11:45aZwitterionic Polymer-Supported Ionogel Electrolytes
Matthew Panzer
12:15pRemarks from guests and family