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.



Election 2013: Passage to the 31st Presidency 


Following the Bylaws, the AKPA Election 2013 will elect the 31st president, whose term will start 2015, and the Auditor for the next (30th) administration. The president-elect will also join the 30th AKPA administration (President: Prof. Jaehoon Yu, U. of Texas at Arlington) as the vice president as the Bylaws 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 1, 2012: Due for the completion of the nomination process by the Nomination Committee.
  • December 3 - 5, 2012: Due for the announcing the final list of candidates including their information and the statements to general members
  • December 5 - 11, 2012: Official campaign period.
  • December 12 - 23, 2012: Voting
  • December 26, 2012: Announcing the next/vice president and auditor elected.


Committees for Election 2013

Nomination Committee:

Prof. Ki-Hyon Kim (NC Central), Chair, 919-530-6451

Prof. Cheung-Ryong Ji (NC State), 919-600-0916

Election Committee:

Prof. Jaehoon Yu (U. of Texas at Arlington), Chair, 817-808-9605

Prof. Yoonseok Lee (U. of Florida) 352-281-1127



  • 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 December 26, 2012.


  • 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 campaign period is December 5 - 11.
  • 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
  • Details on the vote procedure will be announced later via e-mail to qualified voters.
  • The official closing time would be Midnight (PST), December 23, 2012, but earlier voting is encouraged.
  • The result with the President-Elect and new Auditor will be announced on December 26, 2012.

Any complaints related to the campaign/election have to be reported to the Election Committee, who will try to resolve them.

Election 2013: Candidates for the President and the Auditor 


      Candidates for the 31st AKPA President


          Prof. Seung-Hun Lee (statement and profile)


     Candidate for the 30th AKPA Auditor


          Dr. Hye-Sung Lee (statement and profile)