Yongjin Choi

Yongjin Choi

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

What brought you to the CTG UAlbany?

I am studying Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy with the public policy concentration in the Rockefeller College. 

I also want to pursue qualitative research and data analytics - such as Python and R – so this seemed to fit well with CTG’s vision. 

CTG has contributed to innovate government practices in data analytics and information management while working closely with governments on developing relevant theories for a long time. 

I was very interested in CTG's research before I started my doctorate work, but I also felt some of the prototype projects were attractive. 

So far I have gained experience in state government projects – in the United States - and connecting practical IT issues with health policy topics. 

Working with CTG staff, I also hope to make meaningful contributions to help government work smarter with information technologies.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG UAlbany?

I was engaged in many different national research and development planning projects and data analysis work as a research analyst at a national think-tank named Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) for several years.

I was a member of the Ocean Policy department, analyzed data, and wrote research papers.

I received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Seoul National University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Kookmin University in the Republic of Korea.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My priority for the near future is to contribute to the literature on managing social determinants of health with information technology through publishing paper. 

I plan to continue research in the academic field after graduation.

How can CTG UAlbany help you reach your goal for the future?

One of my goals, as a researcher, is balancing the theoretical with the practical.

With that in mind, communicating about addressing policy issues with CTG staff has been a valuable experience for me. 

It allows me to combine a practical sense with my studies.