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Meeting with World-Renowned Korean-American Scientists and Engineers

KSEA is pleased to offer its first “KSEA Science Concert,” online meetings with renowned scientists and engineers. The concert is to provide high school students with opportunities to meet world-renowned Korean-American scientists and engineers through a series of online meetings. Participants will not only listen to their success stories, but also have opportunities to directly interact with them. This will be a particularly good opportunity for those who think of science and engineering as their future career.

Speakers and Topics

Dr. Philip Kim is Professor of Physics and Professor Applied Physics at Harvard University. Professor Kim is a world leading scientist in the area of materials research. His research area is experimental condensed matter physics with an emphasis on physical properties and applications of nanoscale low-dimensional materials.  The focus of Prof. Kim’s group research is the mesoscopic investigation of transport phenomena, particularly, electric, thermal and thermoelectrical properties of low dimensional nanoscale materials.


“Stacking atomic layers: quest for new materials and physics”

Modern electronics has been heavily relied on the technology to confine electrons in the interface layers of semiconductors. In recent years, scientists discovered that various atomically thin materials including graphene, a single atomic carbon layer, can be isolated. In these atomically thin materials, quantum physics allows electrons to move only in an effective 2-dimensional (2D) space.  By stacking these 2D quantum materials, one can also create atomic-scale heterostructures with a wide variety of electronic and optical properties. I will discuss the creation of new heterostructures based on atomically thin materials and emerging new physics with technological implications therein.


Moderator: Jiyoon Yoon, University of Texas at Arlington

Luke P. Lee is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital, He has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in Microfabrication, Nanomaterials, Spectroscopy, Photolithography, and LabVIEW.  He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Bioengineering.

“To See a World in a Grain of Sand for Healthy Life”
Dr. Lee will present how to gaze at the health status of humanity and the Earth in a grain of sand and find solutions in nature for preventive healthy life. Speedy Analytical Nano-optofluidic Diagnostic system (SANDs) can help us to predict and stop the spread of infectious disease.

Moderator: Ben Lee, Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Daniel Dongyuel Lee is currently the Tisch University Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell Tech and Executive Vice President for Samsung Research. He previously was the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on understanding general computational principles in biological systems, and on applying that knowledge to build intelligent robotic systems that can learn from experience.


AI and Robotic Intelligence”

What is the scientific basis of recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?  How can we build robotic systems that can intelligently perceive the surrounding world and take appropriate actions?  Fundamental advances in AI and machine learning require mathematical and statistical understanding of large datasets in order to properly model variability in real world environments.  I will describe some basic computational and machine learning methods and their application to build robotic systems that can perform a variety of tasks including autonomous driving, legged locomotion, and playing team sports.


Moderator: Gloria Kim, University of Florida


Dr. Esther Yang has thirty five years of R&D experience in healthcare industry. She led global R&D organizations in US, Germany, Japan and China for discovery research, rapid product commercialization, and product life cycle management.  She retired as Sr. Director from Abbott Diagnostics. After retirement, she has worked as R&D VP for a startup operation in Silicon Valley.


“Success Factors in Healthcare Industry”

Healthcare sector is a large part of global economy comprising 10% of GDP on average.  The US expenditure tops the chart with more than 17% of GDP.   With aging population, the demand and cost will only escalate thus diverse job opportunities for scientists and engineers.  What you saw on media through COVID-19 is mostly the frontline.  What I will share with you is behind the scene inner workings of medical industry.  I will provide an overview of what medical diagnostics is all about as one example then walk through my personal journey to executive management.  Ultimate mission is to provide more precise and accurate diagnosis of disease(s) faster and more cost effectively than before.  Key lessons learned and success factors into future job markets will be explored so you can better determine your career path and preparedness.


Moderator: Seri Park, Villanova University

Young-Kee Kim is the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago. As an experimental particle physicist, she has devoted much of her research work to understanding the origin of mass for fundamental particles by studying the two most massive particles (the W boson and the top quark), and the Higgs particle that gives mass to elementary particles.


"An Atom as an Onion" 

Subatomic-particle research has made many discoveries by looking inside matter at deeper and deeper levels.  It is as if we were peeling the layers of an onion in the hopes of finding more basic rules for the structure of nature, the theory of the very small. This theory has been shown to be intimately connected to the largest scales imaginable – cosmology and the beginnings of the universe.  By using our increased understanding we continue to peel away at the more hidden layers of truth with the hope of discovering a more elegant and complete theory.


Moderator: Claire Hur, Johns Hopkins University