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Dr. Youngmoo Kim Named Apple Distinguished Educator

March 1, 2013

Dr. Youngmoo Kim, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and assistant dean of engineering for media technologies, has been named a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE). Kim was named an ADE for his work on developing and integrating mobile apps and other new technologies into learning environments and concert performances alongside new curricula to help educators transform teaching and learning. Example projects include iNotes, an iPhone app developed in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra for delivering program notes in real-time, the Science of Music, a visually-enhanced jazz performance presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival, and the Summer Music Technology program, which employs music technology to introduce high school students to science, math, and engineering concepts.

“I’m honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator, and Apple computers, devices, and software have had a profound impact on my activities as an engineer, musician, and educator. Apple and Drexel have a tremendous shared history, going back to 1984 when Drexel became the first University requiring all students to own a personal computer, the newly-introduced Macintosh. I owe the ADE recognition to the many students, staff, and colleagues I have the privilege of working with at Drexel, and it speaks to the ongoing innovation at our University.”

The ADE Program began in 1994 when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today, ADE is a select group of more than 2,000 education professionals worldwide who are passionately committed to the promise of educational technology to improve teaching and learning. ADEs are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Kim will join the ADE community as an advocate, advisor, author and ambassador. The class of 2013 represents a talented cross-section from the education community and includes ADEs worldwide, ranging from the U.S., China, New Zealand and Turkey.

Kim is Director of both the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies Center (ExCITe) at Drexel and his research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab). He received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and his master's degrees in electrical engineering and music (vocal performance practice) from Stanford University as well undergraduate degrees in engineering and music from Swarthmore College. Most recently, Kim was invited to serve on Opera Philadelphia’s American Repertoire Council, helping to steer the company’s commitment to produce new American operatic works in 10 consecutive seasons. Kim is a former member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has performed in productions at American Musical Theater of San Jose and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston).