Eric Youn is an instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. An individual with talents in many areas, Eric Youn is highly knowledgeable in the fields of distance education, software evolution, and social work. Currently, Eric Youn is also employed as a Case Manager for victims of human trafficking, a role in which he assists individuals recovering from past traumatic experiences of sexual exploitation and non-consensual labor. Eric Youn also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of Houston and regularly participates in running marathons, lacrosse events, and tennis games.
Prior to his work in Hawaii, Eric Youn resided in Texas, where he studied at the University of Texas at Arlington and earned a Master’s, as well as a PhD, in Social Work. Before merging his expertise in social services with his talent for technology, Eric Youn focused his efforts in computer software with Austin-based Trilogy Software. He served as Documentation Manager of Business Process Management (BPM) Software Development. In this role, Eric Youn held responsibilities in team management and regular communications with developers regarding issues of product purpose, placement, and usage. Following Trilogy Software, Eric Youn accepted another role in BPM Software Development with Lombardi Software. Eric Youn’s many-layered position as Documentation Manager with Lombardi Software imbued him with further skills in intra-company communications and the design of innovative online assistance systems. Eric Youn left Lombardi Software in 2001 to pursue a position with American Youthworks Computer Corps, a rewarding position that allowed him to use his agility in software to provide social services.
As Program Manager of Education Technology at American Youthworks Computer Corps, Eric Youn combined his gifts for software with his extensive education in social work. While Program Manager, Eric Youn trained employees in computer-based curriculum; he also brought the organization more than $150,000 in grant funding to go towards building computer labs in areas where residents might not have access. The organization successfully built a number of these labs in impoverished urban areas and prisons, effectively enabling education through technology.