Candidate for the 31st AKPA President

Prof. Seung-Hun Lee


University of Virginia

Korea has come a long way from the early 20th century to where it is now. Its remarkable rapid transformation from a beneficiary to a benefactor country is in no small part due to the hard work and talents of our fellow Koreans. The later has made significant impacts in the international stage not merely in the science and technology sector but in many other areas as well. This year witnessed an international pop music sensation originated from Korea: Psy’s ‘Gangnam style’ has rocked the world and became the most hit youtube vide ever.

In the early days, Koreans would come to the US to be trained as scientists and engineers. Some stayed in the US while some went back to Korea. Collaborations across the Pacific Ocean have paved the way for the education of succeeding generations of Korean scientists and in the rapid industrialization of Korea.

Nowadays, one can find Korean-born physicists at many major universities, government and industrial laboratories in the US. The Association of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA) established in 1979 has been playing central role in promoting close collaborations through networks between US-based Koreans and their physicist counterparts in Korea, as well as promoting young Korean physicists. There are several AKPA programs in place for the purpose, including the annual Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA), the annual US-Korea Joint Physicist Meeting at the American Physical Society March meeting, and the BAS program at the KSEA’s annual US-Korea Conference (UKC).

I have organized the Condensed Matter Physics (CMP) program for the BAS program at the UKC 2012 meeting, ana I am organizing the US-Korea Joint meeting at the APS March meeting and the CMP program for the UKC2013 meeting both of which will be held next year. I am also serving this year as the President for the Central Virginia Local Chapter of KSEA. I believe these experiences along with my 20 yearlong dedication in research, have prepared me well to serve as the 31st president of AKPA.

If elected to lead AKPA, our organization will continue to increase its membership through various initiatives, and promote excellency in research among young physicists. AKPA would also continue the aforementioned existing excellent international network programs via strong collaborations with the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) and the Korea-US Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO), and other Korean organizations such as the Korean Physical Society (KPS). Furthermore, AKPA would expand existing programs to new level by launching collaborations with Korean physicists in other countries of the Far East Asia as well as in Europe. The governing body will take suggestions and constructive criticism from its members in order to make AKPA a better organization, representing Korean Physicists in the US, as well as continue its contributions to society and to the history of Korea and the US. If given the opportunity to serve as the 31st AKPA president, I will ask for your steadfast support for the existing and new endeavors.