Surin Kim, Ph.D. Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

Surin Kim is an assistant professor and extension specialist of entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Surin Kim is charged with helping Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design and Nebraska Extension to build on and expand the reach and effectiveness of existing youth entrepreneurship curricula and to develop, disseminate and evaluate programs focused on entrepreneurship development for youth, women, immigrants and underserved constituencies. She teaches experiential learning courses regarding product development, entrepreneurship, and innovation for students and professionals. She also develops collaborative frameworks and networks aimed at strengthening and sustaining the social and economic ecosystems that make successful communities places where people want to live and work.

The focus area of her entrepreneurial career has been innovative product and business development. She has worked as a senior product manager at Amazon.com, Inc.; co-founded MA.CHEF, a Seoul startup company offering online and mobile platforms for personal chef services; served as strategic planning manager and change agent for Korea Telecom, where she also served as planning and execution manager and as IT Consultant; and served as human resources consultant for Sun Microsystems, among other positions. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree in entrepreneurial management, marketing and operations management from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. degree in Korean language and literature from Ewha Women's University in Seoul, S. Korea.

Kim's current research interests include experiential entrepreneurship education for youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship on gender and ethnic minorities, community development through entrepreneurial projects, and strategies on developing entrepreneurial ecosystems globally.