Dear AKPA colleagues, 


I am pleased to announce that the 2020 OYRA will be given to two outstanding Korean physicists.


  • Dr. Soowon Choi (Miller fellow at the Univ. of California Berkeley)

Dr. Choi is a theorist with expertise in quantum dynamics of many body systems. His past achievements during PhD and postdoc are truly astonishing: discovery of new states of matter in quantum scars and time crystals, and development of theories on quantum neural network and measurement-induced phase transitions. Probably most impressive is his deep involvement in designing experimental protocols. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard and his B.S. in Physics from Caltech.




  • Dr. Joon Sue Lee (Assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Dr. Lee has accomplished a pioneering work on quantum materials synthesis with demonstrated state-of-the-art expertise in molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) for a broad variety of quantum materials including chalcogenide topological insulators, III-V and II-VI magnetic semiconductors, III-V semiconductors, and superconductors. His recent work also includes the design, synthesis, and measurement of high-quality hybrid III-V semiconductor/superconductor nanowire heterostructures for Majorana-based quantum computing. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Penn State U. and his M.S. and B.S. in Physics from Seoul National Univ. 




The award ceremony will take place at the following two events.

1. Sunday, March 1: the 2020 Joint KPS-AKPA Symposium (See the symposium program at at Room 102, the Colorado Convention Center. The door will be open at 12:30pm.

2. Tuesday, March 3: the APS FIP (Forum of International Physics) Reception starting at 6pm at Room Granite A/B, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center; AKPA is co-sponsoring this reception.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Soowon Choi and Dr. Joon Sue Lee for their outstanding achievements.


Best regards,

Kyungseon JOO

33rd President of AKPA


Sponsored by AKPA and Korean Physical Society