2019 Young Investigator Grant (YIG) Winners Announcement

2019 KSEA YIG Winner for Science

Se Kwon Kim
Vineyard Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Missouri at Colombia

Dr. Se Kwon Kim is the Vineyard Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri at Colombia. He received his B.S. in 2006 from Mathematics and Computer Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and in 2009 from Physics, Seoul National University, respectively. He then obtained his Ph.D. in Physics at Johns Hopkins University in 2014. Prior to his current faculty position at the University of Missouri, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Kim is a physics theorist who has focused on understanding magnetism, spintronics, topological solitons, and topological phases in condensed matter systems. He has made several outstanding achievements, especially in the past few years, working on quantum spin structures in matters with unique symmetry and topology. Since 2013, Dr. Kim has published more than 15 papers as the first author in physics journals including Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, and Applied Physics Letters, on a wide range of topics, showing impressive productivity and creativity. Dr. Kim is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Research Award from the Association of Korean Physicists in America in 2016.

Dr. Kim is internationally recognized for his outstanding theoretical contributions in the area of topological condensed matter physics as well as for his extensive worldwide collaborations with experimental groups. Dr. Kim has clearly demonstrated exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge in the field.

With the KSEA Young Investigator Grant, Dr. Kim will investigate “Superfluid-Inspired Spin Transport with Minimal Dissipation in Magnetic Materials.” The proposed research aims at exploring the possibility of superfluid-inspired spin transport by using realistic models for magnets. This will expand into the extraordinary spin transport in quantum materials, envisioning a revolution of low-power and high-speed computing that can ultimately benefit humankind.


2019 KSEA YIG Winner for Engineering

Chi Hwan Lee
Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Purdue University

Dr. Chi Hwan Lee is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. He is a co-founder and CTO at Curasis, LLC, specializing in rehabilitation monitoring systems. He received his M.S. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2013 from Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University and B.S. in 2007 from Mechanical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology.

His research interests focus on sticker-like flexible biosensors that are capable of non-invasively and unobtrusively interfacing with the human body for promoting wearable healthcare, medicine and rehabilitation.

As a junior faculty, Dr. Lee has already demonstrated scientific scholarship with measurable impacts. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles with over 3,500 citations and h-index of 27. His work was highlighted in multiple high impact journals, including Advanced Materials (IF: 21.9), Science Advances (IF: 11.51) and PNAS (IF: 9.5).  He holds 2 US patents and 7 filed. He has received several research grants including a grant from US AFOSR, Eli Lilly & Company and NIH to develop various biosensors in the domain of connected healthcare.

With the KSEA Young Investigator Grant, Dr. Lee proposed to develop and validate a cost-effective (disposable) sticker-like sensor patch for scheduled and continuous monitoring of vital signs and daily activities of patients, which would be particularly beneficial to the in-home care and tele-rehabilitation.