Dear Fellow AKPA Members,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the AKPA 28th President. I humbly accept many challenges ahead of us and attempt here to set my attitude for the success of this great organization.

The purpose of the AKPA is well documented in the Bylaws. I appreciate very much the consorted efforts of the leadership in the last 27 terms to shape the organization up until now. At the same time, I see that many challenges and tests are still ahead of us to improve the fulfillment of the AKPA objectives. As the organization is voluntary in many respects, the members have differences in thoughts, presentations and actions. I believe that we better embrace these differences and build up the teamwork to work together toward the common mission and vision. To succeed, we should maintain our integrity even in difficult times.

The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives will be the fuel that allows us to attain extraordinary results. My experience from chairing the US-Korea Conference (UKC2009) this summer gave me a great deal of confidence on the future of voluntary professional organizations. In particular, the Physics Session (New Frontiers in Basic and Applied Physics) was a good starting point for the 28th administration of AKPA. In this session, President Young Pak Lee of Korean Physical Society (KPS) and I had an agreement to restore the healthy link between the KPS and the AKPA. Following up on this agreement, we will exchange ideas and plans for the collaborative programs between KPS and AKPA.

We have also appointed the three officers of the 28th administration: Dr. Myungkee Sung (Louisiana State University) as General Secretary, Dr. In-Saeng Suh (University of Notre Dam) as Treasurer, Dr. Hye-Sung Lee (University of California, Riverside) as Publication and Web manager. I appreciate very much for their willingness to work for the 28th administration of the AKPA. Electing both Vice President (President-Elect) and Auditor in the near future, the 28th administration will be fully functional to carry out the tasks for the AKPA.

For the first year term of the 28th administration, we plan to publish electronically the three issues of the AKPA Newsletter and solicit the nomination of the Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) as widely as possible. We will charge the Publicity and Editorial Committee and the Award Committee accordingly. We will also charge the E-link and Web Management Committee to harness stable and versatile hardware/software including user-friendly websites.

It is fortunate that we have a few allies that support our activities. Let alone the KPS in our homeland, Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO) and Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) entertain the proximity. To keep a sustainable relationship with other organizations and even strengthen it, we need to develop a healthy and useful organization that can contribute to the mainstream societies both in US and Korea. Fellow members, let’s work together to build such a great organization that we all can enjoy. Thanks!

Chueng-Ryong Ji

President of AKPA