Sangwon acquired B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea. After working 3 years as a technical engineer in a company, he went to the University of Texas at Austin and obtained M.S. in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. John B. Goodenough. Then, he carried out his Ph.D. study in Materials Science at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) working with Prof. Frank S. Bates.