Dr. Kim has held numerous high-profile positions in both the government and academic sectors. Before being elected as the first women president of the 50-year history of KOFST, she led the Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations (KOFWST) as the president and also held the Distinguished Visiting Professorship at KAIST, South Korea’s topmost S&T university.
Dr. Kim served as a member of the 17th National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (2004-2008) sitting on the National Defense Committee as vice-chairperson and also chairing the Committee on Ethics of the National Assembly, and the FTA National Assembly Forum.
Prior to her election to the National Assembly, Dr. Kim served as the Minister of Environment (1999-2003) to become the longest serving female minister in Korea, receiving the Presidential Award for the Excellence in Government Administration Performance for two consecutive years (2001-2002). Previously, she had been in the academia from 1972 as a professor of Chemistry and of History of Science, winning the Presidential Award for the Advancement of Science and Technology (1994), along with proactive participation in more than three hundred governmental and NGO’s committees.
In 2015, Dr. Kim received the Changjo Medal for Science and Technology, the highest honor for S&T field awarded for the first time to a woman scientist. She was also honored by the Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Korea with a Citation certificate for contributions to bilateral cooperation in science and technology and environment.