MESSAGE FROM THE 38TH PRESIDENT OF THE KSEA

Dear Fellow KSEA Members,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the KSEA 38th President. I humbly accept many challenges that are ahead of us and attempt to inspire others to continue the success of this great organization.

The purpose of KSEA is well documented in the Bylaws. I appreciate very much the consorted efforts of the leadership in the last 37 years to shape the organization up until now. At the same time, I see that many challenges are still ahead of us to improve and fulfill the objectives of KSEA. As the organization is voluntary in many respects, members have differences in thoughts, presentations and actions. I believe that we should embrace these differences and use teamwork to work together toward our common mission and vision. To succeed, we should maintain our integrity even in difficult times.

The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives will be the fuel that allows us to attain extraordinary results. My experience as chair of the US-Korea Conference (UKC2009) this summer greatly boosted my confidence on the future of our professional organization. The strength of human resources in KSEA has been exemplified through the UKC2009.

We are now at the juncture to start many other activities with fresh minds for the KSEA 38th term. Major activities include; publication of KSEA Letters, local chapter and regional conferences, the Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference (YGTLC), the undergraduate and graduate scholarship program, the National Mathematics and Science Competition (NMSC), etc. In particular, the KSEA Letters will be published three times. The forthcoming issue
will be published in the later part of October. The YGTLC will be held near Washington DC, January 8-10, 2010 along with the midterm Council meeting, and the NMSC will be on April 24, 2010.

For all these activities, it is essential to draw individual talents and enthusiasm of volunteers toward the organizational objectives of KSEA. All 18 members of the Directors Committee as well as the headquarters staff listed in the KSEA website are committed to carry out each and every task, working together with the KSEA general membership. Thus, I kindly ask you to join us in KSEA activities and continue to build a great and strong organization that we all can enjoy.

To create a seamless progress in all of these activities and monitor every segment of our organization, we need to obtain stable and versatile hardware/software resulting in user-friendly websites. KSEA HQ Staff is crucial in collecting, maintaining and transmitting accurate and reliable data. Consequently, we are in the process to hire full time staff to manage and secure the KSEA website as efficiently as possible.

We are fortunate to have many friends that support our activities including sponsors in our homeland; KUSCO and KSEA have entertained the proximity. To keep a durable relationship with other organizations and even strengthen it, we need to develop a healthy and useful organization that can contribute to the mainstream societies in both the United States and Korea. Fellow members, let’s work together to continue to develop and build our organization for our future generations and beyond.

Thank you and God Bless You!

Chueng-Ryong Ji Ph.D.
38th President
Homepage: http://www.physics.ncsu.edu/people/faculty_ji.html