AKPA NEWS, NOVEMBER 2001

(Association of Korean Physicists in America)

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1.  Amendment Approved for the AKPA Charter
2.  Announcement of Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA)
3.  AKPA Membership Dues and Contributions: List of the current contributors
4.  50th Anniversary of the Korean Physical Society
5.  Member Suggestions for the AKPA Web and News Letter
6.  Member News: Dr. Kim of HDRI receives prestigious awards
7.  International Conferences and Workshops in Korea
8.  Opening for post-doctoral positions

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Dear AKPA members.

We are approaching the end of 2001 already. May your hearts be filled with happy memories and gratitude as we enter the holiday season looking forward to 2002. I sincerely hope that this letter find you in good health and well being. I am grateful to each of you for your encouragement and support. The ballot was counted in the presence of witnesses. My heart was touched when we opened the envelops filled with membership contributions from many of the voters and also with very generous donations.  The Charter amendments have been approved by an overwhelming majority of the voters. I hope that this will help future officers improve AKPA significantly and more efficiently. The new charter is beneficial only if we unite together to elect conscientious people as our leaders. Our Web rebuilding job is making progress steadily. I thank you for your patience. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

Best wishes,

Sungkwun Lyo

AKPA president

Humor of the day: Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. (-:

 

1.  Amendment Approved for the AKPA Charter

The amendment for the AKPA Charter and by-laws has been approved in the recent election according to Chapter 7 of the AKPA Charter. The summary of the ballot is as follows:

1. Article 8 chapter 2 of AKPA charter:

Change "The membership fee for associate members is waved."
to  "The membership fee for associate members will be determined
in the same manner as the membership fee of regular members."

A fee of  $5.00 for associate members will be charged effective immediately.
For  ( 88% )  Against  ( 4% )  Abstain ( 8% )

2. Article 10 chapter 3 of AKPA charter:
Change the terms of the president, vice president, auditor, and other
appointed officers from one year to two years from the term starting
on May1, 2003. 
For ( 72% )   Against ( 16% )  Abstain ( 12% )

3. Add to chapter 7 of AKPA charter (by-laws):
Anonymous secure Web voting can replace regular mail-in 
voting at the discretion of the president. (Effective immediately.)    
For  ( 84% )   Against ( 8% )   Abstain ( 8% )

2.  Announcement of Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA)
The purpose of this award is to recognize and promote excellence in research
by outstanding young ethnic Korean physicists in North America who are working
at research-doctorate institutions, and industrial and government laboratories.
QUALIFICATION and NOMINATION: Candidates are limited to those who received
their doctoral degree after January 1, 1997, and are to be nominated by the
Chair or Head of the Department where they are employed or by the candidate's
former thesis advisor in a letter detailing the importance and impact of the
candidate's work. Supporting documents should include the candidate's
curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2001 for nomination and December 31, 2001 for
supporting documents.  The awardee will be selected by the Awards Committee
consisting of

Dr. Taeil Bai (Standford U.) (Stanford U.)
Prof. Cheung Ryong Ji (North Carolina State University)
Dr. Kwang Je Kim (Argonne National Laboratory)
Prof. Young Hoon Kim (U. Cincinnati)
Prof. Jin-Joo Song (Oklahoma State)
Prof. Yung Kee Yeo (Air Force Inst. of Tech, chair)

PRESENTATION:  The award in the amount of $1,000 will be presented at the
AKPA annual meeting to be held in Indianapolis, IN during March 18 - 22, 2002.

Nominations and supporting documents are to be sent to

Dr. S. K. Lyo, 
MS 1415, PO Box 5800,
Sandia National Laboratories,
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1415,

Tel:  (505) 855-3718,
Fax:  (505) 844-1197,
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
Also visit http://www.akpa.org for the OYRA Announcement.

 

3.  AKPA Membership Dues and Contributions: List of the current contributors

Following is the list of the contributors, as of November 19, 2001, of the basic membership $25, plus donations of $25 - $49 (*),  $50 - $99 (**), $100 - $149 (***),  $150 - $199 (****),  $200 - $250 (*****):

Dr. Yanlai Cho*****,       Prof. Zang-Hee Cho****,      Dr. William T. Chu**,
Dr. Suh-Urk Chung,         Prof. Moo Young Han***,     Dr. Sang-Wook Han,
Prof. Yong S. Joe,          Dr. Ja Hyun Lee,                 Prof. Kyungsik Kang**,
Dr. Hong Mook Kim*,      Prof. Kinney H. Kim*,           Dr. Kwang Je Kim**,
Dr. Quiesup Kim,            Dr. Dong S. Lee*,                Prof. M. Howard Lee,
Dr. Sungkwun Lyo*****,  Dr. Jeong Sun Moon,           Prof. Young Soo Oh***
Prof. Yung Kee Yeo

Contributions after Nov. 14 will be recognized in the next News Letter. The AKPA activities rely entirely on the regular membership ($25) and the associate membership ($5) (graduates students). Any amount of donations will also be appreciated. Please send your check to Dr. S. K. Lyo, MS 1415, PO Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185. Please make sure to put your return address on the envelop.

4.  50th Anniversary of the Korean Physical Society

We rely on Korean physicists for this section. We appreciate receiving any newsworthy item from you in Korea.

Korean Physical Soc(KPS) will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The ceremony/general meeting will be held on October 24-26, 2002 at Han Yang Univ. Professor Sook-Il Kwun of SNU (Former cabinet Minister of Science and Technology) is the Chairman of Promotion Committee and would like to invite many AKPA members to attend the event.  We strongly encourage AKPA members to share this joyous occasion with KPS friends.  Please contact AKPA officers for your ideas.

5.  Member Suggestions for the AKPA Web and News Letter

We are in the process of rebuilding AKPA Web site.  If you have web skill (webhands?), we need you.  We welcome volunteers. Please contact Dr. H. You at Argonne Nat'l Lab (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or S. K. Lyo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We give some reward (not wage) too.  Also, suggestions are appreciated for Web or News Letter.

6.  Member News: Dr. Kim of HDRI receives prestigious awards

The Minnesota High Tech Association and Minnesota Technology, Inc., joined together to recognize innovation, development, commercialization, and management of technology in Minnesota. The TekneAwards 2001 recipients were honored on October 25th, 2001 at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, in Minneapolis. About one thousand people attended the event. The TekneAwards 2001 recipients represent technology innovators who have made lasting contributions to enhancing the quality of life and competitiveness of Minnesota. Dr. Young Hwa Kim (CEO of High Dimension Research Inc. and AKPA member) was recognized for his company's innovating invention and advanced manufacturing technology of SuperFabric?brand material that can be custom-engineered to deliver specific performance, such as extra protection, cut and puncture resistance, abrasion resistance, gripping power and water and air permeability. It can be incorporated into a wide range of protective apparel, ranging from medical gloves, extreme sports apparels for such as hunting, scuba diving, skiing, rock climbing, fishing, industrial protective apparel, aprons for meat/poultry/fish processing, military combat uniforms for bio-chemical warfare, protective fabric for law-enforcement personnel, and other special fabrics. SuperFabric?brand material offers superior cut and puncture resistance, significantly greater cost-effectiveness and greater versatility in creating thin, lightweight, flexible products.

Dr. Kim received his BS in engineering from Korean Military Academy in 1963, a BS in physics from SNU in 1967, Ph. D. from UCLA in theoretical polymer physics in 1980. He worked at 3M Central Research Laboratory from 1982 to 1992 after his post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign 1980- 82). He founded HDRI in 1992, and its subsidiary, HDM Inc., in 1996. The company has 50 employees (including 7 Ph. D.'s). It is expected that annual sales of SuperFabric?brand as raw materials for variety of applications will reach several hundred million dollars in 3 ~ 5 years.

7.  International Conferences and Workshops in Korea

Provided by Yubin Yim <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Information Center for Physics Research, SNU

We depend on our Korean readers for this info. Any of you can send conference info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a wide distribution in north America (and Korea) free of charge.

7.1

Title: Quantum Structures and Nano Devices

Period: Nov.23
Venue:Inter-university Semiconductor Research Center, Seoul NAtional University
Homepage: http://www.isrc.snu.ac.kr/seminar/wk_20.htm 
Contact & Request to: Jeong, Ji-Won (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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7.2

Title: The first symposium on Electron Spin Science and Engineering

Period: Nov.30
Venue:KISTEP Dong-won Industrial Building (Yang-Jae in Seoul)
Homepage: http://essc.postech.ac.kr/engpage.htm 
Contact & Request to: Jeong, Yoon-Hee (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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7.3

Title: The first symposium on Electron Spin Science and Engineering

Period: Nov.30
Venue:KISTEP Dong-won Industrial Building (Yang-Jae in Seoul)
Homepage: http://essc.postech.ac.kr/engpage.htm 
Contact & Request to: Jeong, Yoon-Hee (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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7.4

Title: 6th APCTP - KIAS Winter School on Strings

Period: Dec.10 ~ Dec.14
Venue: KIAS (SEOUL)
Homepage:   http://string.khu.ac.kr/~string/winter/winter.html 
Contact & Request to: Nam, Soonkeon (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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7.5

Title: 6th APCTP - KIAS Winter School on Strings

Period: Dec.17~ Dec.21
Venue: POSTECH (Pohang)
Homepage:   http://string.khu.ac.kr/~string/winter/winter.html 
Contact & Request to: Nam, Soonkeon (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

8.  Job Opening

Please send any job announcement to Dr. S. K. Lyo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

8.1 Postdoctoral research position in experimental condensed matter physics

contact information: Dr. Michael Lilly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
phone: (505)-844-4395,  FAX: (505)-844-1197, 
Sandia National Laboratories, P.O.
Box 5800, MS 1415, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1415

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Sandia National
Laboratories to study low temperature quantum transport phenomena of 2D
electron systems and nanoscale devices. Specific interests include
coupled quantum wires, bilayer electron-hole systems and novel device
applications. State-of-the-art facilities are available at Sandia for
materials growth, fabrication and measurements. The successful candidate
should have a recent Ph.D. in condensed matter physics or applied
physics. Experience with low temperature techniques and/or transport
measurements is desirable. This position is available immediately, and
the search will continue until the position is filled. To apply, send a
CV including a publication list and three letters of recommendation to
the above address. Equal Opportunity Employer M/D/F/V.

8.2  POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS

(US citizenship or permanent residency is preferred, but not required.)
The Department of Engineering Physics at the Air Force Institute of
Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position at the Air Force
Institute of Technology in Experimental semiconductor physics. The research
associate must have doctoral degree in physics, materials science, or
electrical engineering. The successful candidate will perform electrical and
optical characterization of group-III nitrides such as GaN and AlGaN, and
SiC using Hall effect, deep level transient spectroscopy, and
photoluminescence measurement techniques. A background in wide bandgap
semiconductors and their electrical and optical characterization techniques
are therefore desirable. This research program will contribute to an
existing Air Force effort to develop wide bandgap semiconductor materials.

Opportunities will be provided for interaction with Air Force Research
Laboratory scientists at Wright-Patterson AFB. Selection of candidates will
be based on demonstrated creativity, intellectual strength, and experience.
US citizenship or permanent residency is preferred, but not required. The
appointment will be for a period of one year with a possible extension for
additional years.  The starting date is flexible. Interested applicants
should send their curriculum vita including a list of publications and the
names and addresses of three references to Prof. Yung Kee Yeo, Dept of
Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology/ENP, 2950 P Street,
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765; email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;Fax: (937)
255-2921. The Air Force Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity,
affirmative action employer.

 

8.3  Experimental Physicist or Electrical Engineer

Ready to discover creative solutions to persistent problems in space science
and engineering? Prepared to join a highly disciplined research team of
innovative professionals dedicated to safeguarding America's defense?
Looking to apply all the problem-solving skills acquired through years
of education and experience? If so, the Air Force Research Laboratory is
looking for YOU! (Position will be available in November 2001)

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Space-Based
Infrared Technology Branch, Advanced Detectors Research Group in Albuquerque,
NM has an opening for an experimentalist with a physics or electrical
engineering background. The group presently is composed of eight researchers
and three laboratories, and performs research in quantum well heterostructure
devices (mainly detectors, but also structures that may aid in the detection
process). Our future plans are to begin research in areas such as quantum
wires, quantum dots, organic polymers, and nanotube structures, all as they
relate to possible space-based detector applications. The candidate must be
a U.S. citizen and should have considerable experimental background in and
knowledge of one or more of the following topics: opto-electronic
semiconductor devices, infrared sensing, solid state physics, and/or
semiconductor heterostructure physics. Significant ability to devise and
perform experiments relating to the optical and electrical characterization
of semiconductor devices is important, and experience in high vacuum,
cryogenic, and/or radiation environments is useful. A Ph.D. in Physics or
Electrical Engineering is preferred, however years of experience will also
be considered. For technical questions about this position, contact Dr. David
Cardimona at (505)846-5807 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For hiring-
process questions, contact Lisa Rader at (505)846-7770 or
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To apply, or to read the job announcement, go to
usajobs.opm.gov.