Team

The Rockers behind your Makina solutions.

Our team

  • Andre S. Yoon

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Andre is a tech entrepreneur with a strong engineering and science background. Upon graduating from MIT with a Ph.D. in Physics, he joined Samsung Electronics to develop high performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and intelligent storage systems far exceeding conventional storage in performance. Andre's vision of delivering transformative values with machine intelligence has driven him to spend his career defining problems and creating solutions, focusing on the capabilities of data science and machine learning. This led his career towards building software solutions for industrial applications as the Lead Data Scientist at SK Telecom, and founding MakinaRocks.

  • Jaehyuk Lee

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Jaehyuk Lee, co-founder and co-CEO, is a strategy and process consultant with 20+ years of experience in business development & planning. His diverse industry background and extensive knowledge of enterprise solutions, such as SAP and Oracle, stems from his prior work as a senior consultant at Accenture as the team leader of IoT and Big Data projects at SK Telecom. With an MBA from Chicago Booth, he has an international network in the high-tech investment sector, which led him towards the development of industrial AI solutions, and founding MakinaRocks.

  • Sangwoo Shim

    Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist

    Sangwoo Shim is a co-founder and Chief Data Scientist at MakinaRocks. He focuses on developing Machine Learning infrastructure and overseeing AI projects and solutions for manufacturing. Sangwoo has pursued his career in various quantitative areas including quantitative finance, equity trading, and data analysis in global companies. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at Harvard University, he joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York as a quantitative analyst. He later worked as a quantitative portfolio manager at WorldQuant and Millennium Capital in Old Greenwich and Singapore. Prior to MakinaRocks, he worked in the Big Data Analysis Group at Samsung Electronics. Sangwoo believes that his expertise in statistics, optimization, and software engineering will contribute to achieving MakinaRocks’s mission to innovate manufacturing through artificial intelligence.

  • Yongsub Lim

    Co-Founder & Principal Data Scientist

    An experienced data scientist with a passion for data-driven problem solving and expertise in data mining and machine learning, Yongsub Lim is a co-founder and Principal Data Scientist of MakinaRocks. He received his Ph.D. in Data Mining from the KAIST School of Computing, which he continued in the Data Mining Lab at Seoul National University as a postdoctoral researcher. Prior to MakinaRocks, Yongsub was a data scientist at SK Telecom specializing in advanced analytics and machine learning for industrial data.

  • Minsoo Park

    Financial Advisor

    Minsoo Park is the Chief Financial Officer of MakinaRocks. With his background as a manager at PWC, as a partner at RSM Korea, and as the VP of Robo3 (currently listed in KONEX), his experience encompasses the full spectrum of finance including venture incubation, IPO auditing, and taxes. Minsoo received his bachelor's degree from the College of Business Administration at Yonsei University.

  • Youngsin Huh

    Business Development Senior Executive

    Youngsin Huh is Business Development Senior Executive at MakinaRocks. He is a specialist in strategy, planning, and business development, with a background as a senior manager at Accenture Strategy and Accenture Digital, as well as the lead of digital strategy consulting practices at IBM Korea. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, he was a VP, Head of Solution Biz at Wanted, a referral-based social recruiting platform. He received his MBA from NYU Stern and his bachelor's degree from the College Business Administration at Seoul National University.

  • Young Chun

    Business Development Senior Executive

    An experienced operational leader and business consultant of 20+ years, Young Chun is Business Development Senior Executive at MakinaRocks. After completing M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science at Stanford, Young has worked and led various global projects with a focus on high-tech, hardware, IoT, and Artificial Intelligence, spanning across the five continents. As a spirited advocate of digital transformation that improves both human and environment, Young has significant experience in Smart City, Smart Factory, Digital Plant projects in diverse areas: utilities, chemicals, oil & gas, and more. She started her career in DuPont and has held senior leadership roles at Accenture, EY, and Ericsson.

  • Ki Hyun Kim

    Principal Machine Learning Engineer

    Ki Hyun Kim is a Principal Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. He has several years of experience in machine learning techs and productization. Especially, he has expertise in Natural Language Generation and Machine Translation. After completion of his M.S. in Computer Science at Stony Brook University, he joined Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and researched for 4 years of Language domains.

  • Byungchan Kim

    Data Scientist

    Byungchan Kim is a Data Scientist at MakinaRocks. Upon completion of his degree in Semiconductor System Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University, Byungchan was employed in the Device Solution Division at Samsung Electronics, where he carried out algorithm development for storage system software and analyzing fab data from photolithography processes using deep learning technology.

  • Hanna Joo

    Marketing Manager

    Hanna Joo is the Marketing Manager at the Silicon Valley branch of MakinaRocks. Hanna has a diverse business background in Governmental and International Corporations such as the Korean government, United Nations, and Samsung. Hanna has a B.A. in both International Studies and French Literature from Ewha Woman's University, and an M.A. in International Studies from Seoul National University.

  • Yujin Han

    Designer and Administrative Assistant

    With a background in visual and pattern design, Yujin Han is currently a Designer and an Administrative Assistant at MakinaRocks. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, she worked for the Global Accelerating team at N15 Hardware Accelerator, where she designed a number of project-specific advertisements and conducted business development.

  • Jeongwoo Choi

    ML Research Engineer

    Jeongwoo Choi is a Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. With a B.S. in EECS from Seoul National University, he has extensive experience in programming fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantitative financial data analysis & stock trading, Web crawling and Automation, Web application, and IoT. He has conducted lectures on Python & algorithmic trading for Korea Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.

  • Jongsun Shinn

    ML Research Engineer

    Jongsun Shinn is a Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Hanyang University. Jongsun has previously worked as an intern in the Quality Management Department at Continental Automotive System and as an undergraduate research intern in the Autonomous Vehicle team of Hanyang University's System and Control Lab, where his focus was vehicle behavior prediction based on statistical and machine learning methods.

  • Minhwan Kim

    Software Engineer

    Minhwan Kim is a Software Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from KAIST. He started his career at LG Electronics and was a research engineer applying a machine learning technique to mobile applications. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, he worked as a Software Engineer at Streami, a blockchain startup, where he designed and built infrastructure for cryptocurrency exchange. He has expertise in Distributed Computing, Microservices and Serverless Architecture.

  • Jongseob Jeon

    ML Research Engineer

    Jongseob Jeon is a Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. After receiving his B.S. in Statistics from Konkuk University, he was an intern at the Kakao Search Modeling Team and a researcher at Yonsei University Health System, CCIDS. He is currently intested in interpreting deep learning models.

  • Youngjae Choung

    ML Research Engineer

    Youngjae Choung is a Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his M.S. in Industrial Management Engineering at Korea University, and his B.S. in Statistics from Konkuk University. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, he was employed as a research scientist at Soft Factory, a machine learning startup. He is currently interested in solving problems in analytical and probabilistic ways.

  • Sungho Joo

    ML Research Engineer

    Sungho Joo is a Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University, where he studied the application and analysis of deep learning into physics-based simulations. As part of his graduate studies in the Simulation-driven Structure Design Laboratory at SNU, he conducted research on deep learning-based industrial image alignment with Samsung Semiconductor Laboratory. His main research interest is practical applications of reinforcement learning.

  • Hooncheol Shin

    ML Research Engineer

    Hooncheol Shin is a Machine Learning Research Engineer at MakinaRocks. He studied Industrial Engineering and Computer Science at Hongik University. He has conducted numerous projects using deep learning including: Improving Korean Tokenizer, KorQuAD QA system, Real-time Scream Detection system, Font Styler, Dog Emotional Analysis (with vibration on camera). He is currently interested in sub weight parameter sharing.

  • Jeyeol Lee

    ML Research Engineer

    Jeyeol Lee is a Machine Learning Research Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his M.S. in Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition Laboratory and B.S. in Computer Engineering from Dankook University. Jeyeol's current focus is reinforcement learning and deep generative models.

  • Hyeongju Choi

    Software Engineer

    Hyeongju Choi is a Software Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his B.S. in Computer Science Engineering at Chungnam National University and a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from KAIST with a focus on distributed processing system research. Upon completion of his degree, he worked at Dable, an ad-tech startup, for three years with large scale data processing and machine learning application in production.

  • Hyeonwoo Daniel Yoo

    Data Scientist

    Hyeonwoo Daniel Yoo is a Data Scientist at MakinaRocks. He studied Industrial Engineering at Korea University and Freie Universität Berlin. While pursuing his B.S., he was the receipient of several first-place awards in major data competitions in the energy industry. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, he worked as a Research Assistant Intern at the Smart Production Systems Laboratory in Korea University. He is interested in applying meta-learning to industry.

  • Kyeongmin Woo

    ML Research Engineer

    Kyeongmin Woo is a Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. He studied Computer Science and Public Administration at Korea University. Kyeongmin is interested in a number of studies including reinforcement learning and time series anomaly detection.

  • Minjoo Lee

    Data Scientist

    Minjoo Lee is a Data Scientist at MakinaRocks. She received her bachelor's degree in Statistics and Computer Science from Sookmyung Women's Universiy. Before joining MakinaRocks, she was an intern at SIT(Seoul Institue of Technology), where she analyzed data regarding urban safety. She has also conducted several personal projects using deep learning such as a YouTube profanity filtering system, as well as solving the English section of the CSAT with deep learning. Minjoo would like to further focus on Explainable Artificial Intelligence.

  • Minkyung Shin

    Administrative Assistant

    Minkyung Shin is the Recruiting & Administrative Assistant of MakinaRocks. She studied Management Information System(MIS) at Korea University. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, she worked in the Global Sales team at SK broadband, where she was in charge of team administration and settlement of international broadcasting voice parts.

  • Kyounghyun Mo

    ML Research Engineer

    Kyounghyun Mo is a Machine Learning Research Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his M.S. degree from the Data Science & Business Analytics Lab at Korea University. Upon graduation, he started his career in the natural language processing team at SK C&C. He strives to further his knowledge of deep learning research.

  • Wontak Ryu

    ML Research Engineer

    Wontak Ryu is a Machine Learning Engineer at MakinaRocks. He studied Business Administration and Computer Science at Inha University. Prior to MarkinaRocks, he was employed as a Research Engineer Intern at VUNO. Wontak is interested in deep learning and robust deep learning models.

  • Seokhwan Kim

    Frontend SW Engineer

    Seokhwan Kim is a Frontend Software Engineer at MakinaRocks. Upon completion of his B.S. in Multimedia Engineering at Dankook University, he was employed as the lead researcher at a company specializing in data visualization. Seokhwan has extensive knowledge and experience with both unstructured and structured data.

  • Changhui Lee

    Backend SW Engineer

    Changhui Lee is a Backend Software Engineer at MakinaRocks. He has an extensive background in software engineering as a back-end and front-end software engineer at Nexon Korea on anomaly detection systems, as well as large scale python back-end development and lead of front-end project development at a fintech startup. Changhui is currently interested in data distributed processing systems and large-scale traffic management.

  • Ahreum Kim

    Marketing Manager

    Ahreum Kim is the Marketing Manager of the Seoul branch of MakinaRocks. Her expertise lies in the strategic marketing and PR of B2B companies to maximize brand awareness. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, she worked as a Japanese marketing manager and team leader at Penta Security Systems, an enterprise security company that covers web, IoT, and blockchain security, where she specialized in digital marketing, brand marketing, management, and operation of various social media channels.

  • Jongsoo Park

    Data Scientist

    Jongsoo Park is a Data Scientist at MakinaRocks. Upon completion of his B.S. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Chung-Ang University, he worked at LG Electronics, Renault Samsung Motors, and IT startups. He is interested in data analysis and machine learning development, and has won several related competitions.

  • Junwoo Kim

    ML Research Engineer

    Junwoo Kim is a Machine Learning Research Engineer at MakinaRocks. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering at Dankook University. Prior to joining MakinaRocks, Junwoo studied Deep Generative Model and Deep Learning applications. He has conducted numerous personal projects using Style Transfer and Visual Slam.

  • Jimyeong Kim

    ML Research Engineer

    Jimyeong Kim is a Machine Learning Research Engineer at MakinaRocks. While working on his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science at Sungkyunkwan University, he worked on several projects using Deep Learning; namely in object detection and text classification. He is interested in analyzing raw data and solving problems using Machine Learning algorithms.

  • Siun Park

    Marketer

    Siun Park is a marketer and financial assistant at MakinaRocks. She received her B.S. in Statistics and Business Administration at Sookmyung Women's University. Siun has led data-driven business planning projects related to consumer behavior, public health, and finance. At MakinaRocks, she is in charge of international & digital marketing, while supporting and coordinating finance & investment related tasks.

  • Min Seon Kim

    Marketer

    Min Seon Kim is currently a member of the Seoul and Silicon Valley MakinaRocks Marketing Team. Prior to MakinaRocks, she worked with big data analysis, new business development, and investor relations as Team Lead of the Business Development Intelligence Team at MyMusicTaste, and as a Research Intern at Accenture Korea. With a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Ewha Womans University and an M.A. in ELT Content Development from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, her academic background focuses around the English language with a specialty in digital & virtual environment content creation & development.

  • JongDuk Shinn

    Data Scientist

    On leave.
    JongDuk Shinn is an intern at MakinaRocks. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Statistics (minor) at University of California, Irvine. He was an undergraduate research intern at UCI Game, Culture, and Cognition Lab; mainly researched League of Legends in-game player data analysis based on statistical and deep learning methods.

Advisors

  • Hong Sung Chang, Ph.D.

    EVP at SK Telecom
    Head of IoT/Data
    Chairman AI Industry Association

  • Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Ph.D.

    Professor
    Univ. of Toronto
    Vector Institute of
    Artificial Intelligence

  • Young Jae Jang, Ph.D.

    Professor
    KAIST
    DAIM Research Founder & CEO

  • Sei-Myung Chang, Ph.D.

    Senior Executive
    Managing Director
    Accenture Digital

  • Joseph Sangmin Jeong, Ph.D.

    Co-founder & Partner
    BioPath Ventures


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