April 12, 2007 —
Larry Dickinson of Boeing, USC Trustee Y.H. Cho who is chairman of Korean Airlines and USC President Steven B. Sample at the recent trustees meeting announcing the new chair in the USC Department of Aerospace and Mechanical
USC Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos said a new fully endowed chair in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering will honor the founder of Korean Airlines.
The new chair, which was announced at the March 31, 2007 meeting of the USC Board of Trustees, will be known as The Choong Hoon Cho Chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
The Boeing Company contributed $1 million towards this fully endowed chair.
Choong Hoon Cho took over a bankrupt airline that had been run by the Korean government in 1969 and by initially concentrating on transportation of cargo, built it into one of the world’s premier airlines. In addition to worldwide passenger service, the airline today has the world’s largest air cargo operation.
Choong Hoon Cho, who died in 2002 at the age of 82, is the father of Yang Ho (Y.H.) Cho, a member of the USC Board of Trustees, the USC Viterbi School Board of Councilors and the current chairman of Korean Airlines.