Min is originally from Korea and had Ph.D. from Washington State University in Biochemistry. After Ph.D., Min moved to N.Y. for postdoctoral fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical School (Cornell University) in Manhattan because the area that Dr. Hao Wu (the adviser, now in Harvard University) is the cell signaling which Min was also interested in.
While working in Dr. Hao’s lab, Min had son born with severe hemophilia A. So, Min decided to move to a place where he can initiate hemophilia related project. And settled in Dr. Larry (Lawrence) Shapiro’s lab at Columbia University located in uptown Manhattan to work on Structural Genomics Project as a lead scientist. When Min took this position, Dr. Shapiro agreed to support hemophilia project development. Dr. Shapiro even supported for the trip to the world federation of hemophilia congress.
As Permanent Residency from Canada approved, Min and his family moved to Canada and worked at National Research Council, Montreal (actual status was with McGill). At that time, one of the faculty members from Concordia University in Montreal offered lab space and equipment for development of elongated FVIII and applied the funding together. As the funding approved, Min had to get adjunct professor status so he can carry out the research with a couple of students. The project ran for about a year and produced some outcomes. But issue with the ownership of the project surfaced and he gave up the project and funding.
After the hemophilia project is gone, Min took a position at one of the Biotech company located in Vancouver. But the working environment in a company was out of his expectation and didn’t work out.
At that time, his son was confirmed with high functional autism. With some thoughts about future, Min decided to move on to education.
For financial reason, Min took a part time lecturer position at University Canada West while developing the educational methods. In about two years, Min found a company named PonderEd Education and continue to develop the educational method. Initially, the development was focused on high functional autism for his son. But it turns out that the newly developed education method can be used for others as well. So, he stopped teaching at the university and focused on generalizing the method for everybody.
Once the method is fully developed, Min looked for a place where he can apply this method to measure the outcomes. Coincidentally, Min was asked to come back to teach at UCW by one of the colleagues and he went back. Min applied the 1st level training method in small class setting. The results were as expected. The students’ knowledge increased, similarity in students’ writings dropped significantly, and students became proactive.
Now, Min is offering the workshops and consultation with the development and getting ready to provide classes on thought process-based education for all. Since it is the methodology, it can be applied any topics from students, adults developing projects, education for autism and etc.