Date: February 23 – 24, 2013
Melia Hotel Atlanta (
590 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
KSEA is pleased to announce a workshop to help career development of young academic researchers and industry professionals. The target audience is postdocs, junior faculties, and young industry researchers. The program will present the strategies to successfully win grants, to publish research results in good journals, and to achieve career advancement in academia and industry. The speakers include the experts in grant and paper writing as well as distinguished faculties who can provide guidance for career development in competitive environment. KSEA generously subsidizes the transportation, meals and lodging expenses to promote participation. KSEA strongly encourages you to take advantage of this opportunity.


Benefits of the Workshop
1) Learn how to obtain research grants from funding agencies such as NSF and NIH
2) Get information on job openings in academia, research institutions, and industry
3) Understand how to prepare for tenure/performance evaluation
4) Learn how to give an effective presentation
5) Build an information network with fellow scientists and engineers in the US


Travel Support for the Attendees
1) Airfare and ground transportation: $350.00 maximum
2) Hotel accommodation: one night (Sat. Feb. 23rd)
3) Meals: lunch and dinner on Sat. Feb. 23rd, and breakfast and lunch on Sun. Feb. 24th


Application materials: Form, CV (web based)
The application should be submitted through the KSEA website.
Follow the link below to submit the application.

Application deadline: Feb 3, 2013

Finalists announcement : Feb 7, 2012

Selection criteria: Competitive Merit based selection

KSEA membership required: link to KSEA registration site (

Full attendance (for two days) required for the financial support.

Maximum attendance: 120 people



February 23 (Saturday)
  Program Remarks
11:00 – 12:00 Registration  
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch / Opening Ceremony  
13:00 – 14:00 Plenary Talk TBD
14:00 – 16:00

Workshop 1: Survival Skills

(Tenure, Promotion, Politics)

Sung Mo Kang (UC Merced) ,

Nak Ho Sung

16:00 – 16:15 Break  
16:15 – 18:15

Workshop 2: How to get NSF Funding

(Funding agency, Reviewer, Recipient view point, Discussions)

Dr. R. Clive Woods (NSF)
18:15 – 19:00 Dinner  
19:00 – 21:00

Workshop 3: Job Opening

(Recruiter presentation, Candidate resume submissions)

Recruiters (Dr. Chung)
21:00 – 22:00 Networking / Individual interview  


February 24 (Sunday)
  Program Remarks
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast  
8:00 – 9:30

Workshop 4: How to get NIH Funding

(Funding agency, Reviewer, Recipient view point, Discussions)

Dr. Priti Mehrotra (NIH)
9:30 – 9:45 Break  
9:45 – 11:45

Workshop 5: Professional Preparation

(Resume, Presentation, Interview skills)

11:45 – 12:00

Closing Ceremony




General Chair: Hyungmin Michael Chung (KSEA President)
Program Co-Chairs: Seong G. Kong (Temple University) and Jongdae Lee (UC San Diego)
Program Committee: Claire Hur (Harvard), Hyekyung Kim (MIT), Seung Soon Jang (Georgia Tech), Harold Kim (Georgia Tech), Tacksoo Im (Georgia Gwinnett College), Washington Metro, NIH, Virginia
Local Committee Chair: Byeong-Uk Kim
Finance Chair: Junho Cha


Speaker Information

Prof. R. Clive Woods, MA, DPhil, DSc (Oxford), FIET
Program Director for Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Mongolia, CNIC
International Science and Engineering (ISE)
National Science Foundation, Room II-1155
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22230, U.S.A.Tel: 703-292-2306 (direct); Fax: 703-292-9067


Dr. R.C. Woods was awarded the B.A. and M.A. degrees in Physics by New College, University of Oxford. Following research on magnetic materials in the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford, he was awarded the D.Phil. degree in 1980. Next followed a period as a postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Engineering Science Department, University of Oxford, where he worked on surface-acoustic wave devices.


From 1982 to 1983, he was Senior Scientist at Plessey Research (Caswell) Ltd., specializing in semiconductor lasers and LED systems. He was then a Lecturer (and Senior Lecturer from 1993) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. During this period, he was awarded a British Association Fellowship, for several years he served as Associate Editor of the IEE Electronics and Communication Engineering Journal, and in 1995 he was Professeur Invité at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France. He was appointed Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 2002. In 2006 he was named as Department Chairman and Voorhies Distinguished Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.


He is an invited member of the international awarding committee for Marie Curie Fellowships supported by the European Commission in Brussels and of research panels at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C.. He has current research interests in novel solid-state devices and device modeling, and has authored more than 100 research publications in these and related fields. In 2005 he was awarded the D.Sc. Higher Doctorate by the University of Oxford in recognition of his distinguished research career spanning a number of years, and in 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the IET (formerly the IEE).
In 2010 he was appointed Japan Program Director in the Office of International Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation. He subsequently assumed additional responsibility for the collaborative research programs in Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and Mongolia, and co-chairs the NSF CNIC program for catalyzing new international collaborations.

Dr. Priti Mehrotra, Ph.D., is the Chief of the Immunology Review Branch, Scientific Review Program (SRP), Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Mehrotra has about 14 years of experience at the NIH managing the scientific and technical peer review of basic, clinical and applied research grants and contracts in Immunology, Biodefense, Bioshield, Clinical Trials, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. As a Branch Chief, Dr. Mehrotra has a role in the interpretation, implementation and development of extramural policies, the training, development and supervision of Scientific Review Officers, and is an integral part of the SRP management team. She also plays an important role in the development of initiatives and review strategies to accomplish the goals of NIAID. Dr. Mehrotra managed the re-competition of AIDS Clinical Trial Unit Applications and is leading peer review effort of US-China Collaborations. She is the lead coordinator for the peer review of Institute’s Clinical Trial Planning and Implementation Grants. She has managed trans-NIH initiatives, applications from foreign investigators, and the Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Chartered Research Committee. She has served on the NIAID Institutional Review Board and has presented Grantsmanship Workshops in India, Australia, and Malaysia. She is member of the NIH Extramural Science Administrator Core Curriculum Committee and has presented training seminars to new SROs. She was also the member of NIH STEP Committee from 2009-2012 and chaired a forum. Dr. Mehrotra is the recipient of several NIH Director’s Awards, NIAID Merit Awards, and the Young Scientist Award from the Indian Government.

Dr. Mehrotra’s background is in basic and clinical Immunology. She received her Ph.D. degree in Immunology. M.S. in Zoology, and B.S. degree with a major in Zoology, Botany, and Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University, Dept. of Zoology, Varanasi, India.  After receiving her Ph.D. degree, she joined the Department of Internal Medicine (IIIrd), University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan as a Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist and studied in vitro activation of monocytes from normal donors and lung cancer patients by “Biological Response Modifiers”. In 1987, she held an NIH Postdoctoral position at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. In 1991, she joined Food and Drug Administration, and was involved in the regulation of Investigational New Drug Applications including in vivo or in vitro manipulated Cellular, or Gene Therapy, or Tumor Vaccine treatment protocols for malignant and infectious diseases. Her research interest was “Cytokine Regulation of Human Lymphocyte Activation”, especially Interleukin-12. Dr. Mehrotra moved to the SRP, NIAID in 1998.