Following the Bylaws, the AKPA Election 2011 will elect the 30th president, whose term will start 2013, and the Auditor for the next (29th) administration. The president-elect will also join the 29th AKPA administration (President: Prof. Eun-Suk Seo, U. Maryland) as the vice president as the Bylaw requires.

Details on the election are described and will be updated below. If there is any question/suggestions, please contact to the Election Committee (see below).


  • December 29, 2010: Due for the nomination from the Nomination Committee.
  • January 3, 2011: Due for the final list of candidates including from general members and announcement.
  • January 3-9, 2011: Official election/campaign period.
  • January 10-20, 2011: Voting
  • January 24, 2011: Announcing the next/vice president and auditor elected.

Committees for Election 2011

Nomination Committee:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (NC Central), Chair, 919-530-6451

Election Committee:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (U. Maryland), Chair, 301-405-4855

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (LSU) 225-650-9186



  • Nomination committee searches for candidates for both positions.
  • Any member (including general member) who is interested in either position or who likes to recommend someone(s) should contact to the Nomination (and/or Election) committee.
  • Candidates should be a regular member.
  • Official announcement of candidates will be made on January 24, 2011.


  • The qualified voters would be the members as defined by the bylaws.
  • Each qualified voter will be notified before the election by an e-mail.


  • Official election period is January 3-9.
  • The Election Committee will make the information on each candidate available.
  • During this period, candidates can contact to qualified voters regarding to the election.
  • During this period, any voter asks question(s) related to this election to any/all candidate(s) by sending emails to the Election Committee. Election Committee will try to get responses from the candidate(s), which will be posted to all members and/or the questioner.


  • Voting will be performed through Emails by the qualified members from January 10-20.
  • Details on the vote procedure will be announced later.
  • The official closing time would be January 20, Midnight PDT, but earlier voting is encouraged.
  • The result with the President-Elect and new Auditor will be announced on January 24.
  • Any complaints related to the campaign/election have to be reported to the Election Committee, who will try to resolve them.

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

Message from the 29th President of the AKPA


Dear Fellow AKPA Members,

I am honored to serve as the 29th President of AKPA. Since its birth in 1979, AKPA has been serving the community to promote continued advancement in physics and related areas, and to promote close networking of Korean physicists. AKPA is privileged to serve both Korean and American communities. It offers a unique connection between two continents and between generations. However, it is challenging for Korean Physicists to meet each other and network across disciplines as Physics topics broaden and as Physics conferences and meetings become more specialized. Building on success of the Physics session organized at the US-KoreaConference (UKC), AKPA will promote and facilitate Korean meetings at specialized conferences, e.g., various American Physical Society (APS) division meetings, American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Astronomical Society (AAS) meetings, etc. There will be a Korean Physicist Symposium at the upcoming APS April meeting, which is organized in collaboration with the APS Forum on International Physics. This symposium is sponsored by the Korea-US Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO) and the Korean Physical Society (KPS). Future meetings will strengthen the relationship between AKPA and KPS, KUSCO, and the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA). AKPA’s presence in various American organizations, e.g., APS, AGU, AAS, etc. will help Korean physicists in America, particularly career development of the young generation.

Unarguably, technology has advanced exceptionally fast over the last three decades. We should utilize advanced technology for making AKPA more relevant and beneficial to the community. A course management system, Blackboard Academic Suites, will be utilized for efficient communications and documentations. Its Wimba Classroom allows officers and committee members to meet any time online without any setup efforts for voice and video transmission, visual presentations, file exchanges, etc. Using Wiki, our activities can be documented and shared by relevant parties efficiently. Our presence on the web has become more important than ever before. But, there is room for improvement in our web pages to reach out to the community across the continents. The Publicity and Editorial Committee is energized to publish Newsletters more frequently.
I am pleased to let you know that the 29th administration is shaping up nicely. I will be assisted by Vice President and 30th President Elect, Professor Jae Yu, who actively served as Chair of the Publicity and Editorial Committee for the 28th administration. I am fortunate to have Professor Yoonseok Leeas the General Secretary. He was a 2002 Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) winner, and he served as auditor for the 27th administration. Drs. Zaeill Kim, Jeonghee Rho, Chulhoon Chang, and Youngsoo Yoon will serve, respectively, as the Treasury, E-link, Web Management and Publication Secretaries.

Prof. Kyungseon Joo, Prof. Kyunghwa Park, Dr. Hoydoo You, and Dr. Inseob Hahn will constitute the Award Committee. Strengthening our collaboration with KPS will allow expansion of the highly successful OYRA program. Prof. Sung-Won Lee, Prof. Kiyong Kim, Dr. Myungkee Sung, and Dr. Hanhee Paik will constitute the Publicity and Editorial Committee. Prof. Dean Lee, Prof. Youngho Seo, Prof. Seunghun Lee, and Dr. Insaeng Suh will constitute the Web Management Committee. Prof. Jongsoo Yoon, Drs. Peter Yoon, Jeonghee Rho and Yonsei Chung will comprise the E-Link Committee, and they will, respectively, host Korean meetings at the APS, AGU, AAS, and HEP/FNAL. This committee will work closely with the General Secretary for event proposals.
There will be setbacks and difficulties. There will bedisagreements. We can not solve all problems. But, I wouldremind you of Henry Ford’s quotes:“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Let’s move forward together as a team one step at a time.

Eun-Suk Seo

President of AKPA

AKPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) 2012
2012 AKPA Award Committee Report
January 25, 2012

  The Award Committee thoroughly reviewed all documentation submitted for its consideration in support of the candidates. The committee also conducted its work through numerous discussions by telephone and email. The successful OYRA candidates would especially demonstrate their potential for: (1) creative, substantive advance in their own subfield in physics; (2) a professional success as a physicist. After exhaustive and careful discussions, the committee recommends Dr. Yong-Yeol Ahn, an assistant professor at Indiana University and Dr. Na Young Kim, a research associate at Stanford University as the two 2012 OYRA winners:

Dr. Yong-Yeol Ahn:

  oyra2011 ahn_yong-yeolDr. Ahn is a theorist in the field of statistical mechanics. He studies complex systems through the concept of networks. He investigates many interesting subjects including biological networks from interacting genes, proteins, and metabolites; a brain network from interacting neurons; and a social network from interacting people. His recent work was published in Nature and in Science. All his work is based on the concept of networks by exploiting the analytic and computational approach typically used in statistical mechanics, along with conventional phenomenological approaches. Dr. Ahn has a great promise with the potential not only to become a leading scientist of his generation, but also to create his own field of science.

Dr. Na Young Kim:

oyra2012 kim_nayoung  Dr. Kim is an experimentalist in the field of condensed matter physics. Her research area is mesoscopic electron transport and solid-state cavity quantum electrodynamics. She has made outstanding contributions to the study of novel properties of light-matter quasi-particles called exciton polaritons, along with their application to quantum information. Her recent work was published in Nature as a first and corresponding author. As her references stated, Dr. Kim’s strength is her intellectual power to focus on important problems and come up with creative solutions with her superb technical skills. The outstanding scientific performance and the character of Dr. Kim clearly point to this conclusion: She becomes an emerging leader in her field.


Nominations for the AKPA 31st president and auditor are currently accepted by the nomination committee. Any current AKPA member who is interested in either positions or any member who would like to recommend another member(s) should contact the nomination committee chair, professor K.H.Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The candidate must be a regular AKPA member. The nomination needs to include the following information:

  • Name of the Nominee
  • Affiliation
  • Position/rank
  • Short description of qualification
  • Consent from the nominee

The deadline for nomination is Nov. 1, 2012.