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Dear KSEA Members, UKC2008 Participants, and Colleagues:

Kang-Wook Lee, Ph.D. Ki-Jun Lee, Ph.D.

"OUR NATION HONORS HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO DEFEND A COUNTRY THEY NEVER KNEW AND A PEOPLE THEY NEVER MET." This phrase has been engraved on the granite ground at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC. Indeed, these "Sons and Daughters" helped lead Korea to an era of great peace, democracy and prosperity. Likewise, after the War, many Koreans immigrated to the U.S. and contributed to the economy and society of this great nation, thereby establishing a complimentary relationship between the two countries. We hope the UKC will honor this tradition now through a different venue, the field of science and technology.

We are in an exciting time where worldwide collaboration is not simply a prospect of the future but a reality of the present. I believe that the two countries will continue to work together to allow their respective citizens to live prosperously under an enriching environment. My fellow KSEA members and UKC2008 participants, please join me in promoting US-Korea cooperation and making a better world through the development of science and technology.

More than 600 presentations are scheduled in the final program with many distinguished speakers such as Clive Granger of UC-San Diego (a Nobel Laureate), Frances Allen of IBM (a Turing Award recipient), Efim Isaakovich Zelmanov of UC-San Diego (a Fields Medal recipient), Nam Pyo Suh (KAIST President), Marye Anne Fox (Chancellor of UC-San Diego), and other numerous speakers whose research accomplishments have resulted in immeasurable advancements in their respective fields.

We hope to achieve the following objectives through this conference:

  1. Provide a forum for leading researchers from the U.S. and Korea to exchange their research findings including state-of-the-art trends in science and technology;

  2. Promote networking among participants to facilitate scientific collaboration between the two countries;

  3. Present young scientists and engineers with an opportunity to explore their career development as future leaders in their field.

Finally, I would like to thank numerous organizers, volunteers and sponsors who have made this conference possible. Thank you and God bless you!


Best Regards,

Kang-Wook Lee, Ph.D.
UKC2008 Chair and KSEA President
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Ki-Jun Lee, Ph.D.
UKC2008 Co-Chair and KOFST President
Honorary President of National Academy of Engineering of Korea
President Emeritus of Seoul National University

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