UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


CEGE alumnus awarded Korean Medal of Civil Merit

16 April 2019

Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) alumnus Dr Sangjin Han received a Medal of Civil Merit in January this year from Korean President Moon, for work in improving road safety.

Dr Sangjin Han wearing his Korean Medal of Civil Merit

Dr Han, who completed his PhD at UCL in 2000, was awarded the Medal for his work in helping to reduce road fatalities. As Director for the Centre for Transport Safety Research at The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), Dr Han oversaw a reduction of casualties by circa 10 percent in 2018 when compared to 2017 – equating to a saving of more than 400 lives.

Acknowledging the prestige of the award, Dr Han said that receiving it “was a true honour. The work we have accomplished will continue to save lives; knowing that I have directly helped so many is incredibly rewarding. I always look back fondly at my time at UCL and how my studies at CEGE helped shape my career, leading me to receive this medal from President Moon”.

Professor Benjamin Heydecker, Dr Han’s supervisor during his doctoral studies with the Centre for Transport Studies, commented how “it is always satisfying to see the valuable accomplishments of our alumni in their careers. Sangjin’s achievements in road safety contributed to saving over 400 lives in a year – a positive outcome that we expect will be sustained and developed in the future. The presentation of this great award is fully deserved.”

Congratulations to Dr Han for this exceptional honour. The award is a fine example of the valuable work that our graduates accomplish.



  • Credit: Dr Sangjin Han.