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UKC 2010 - KSEA Awards

Ceremony: 6:30 PM, Aug. 14, 2010 (Saturday) – Grand Ballroom

Outstanding Contributions to KSEA - Dr. Jae Young Park

Dr. Park is a Professor (Emeritus) of Physics at North Carolina State University and 12th President of KSEA who has served KSEA, physics discipline and US and Korean societies with distinction for decades since he joined NC State in 1962 after he obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). He also obtained his M.S. (1956) from Rensselaer Polytech and B.S. (1952) from Seoul National University, both in physics. He was a visiting scholar/professor at Pohang University of Science & Technology, Kyoto University and at University of Giessen in Germany. Professor Park’s contributions in the fields of Heavy Ion Physics, Nuclear Structure and “Nuclear Molecules” are widely recognized. He has been a member of American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, Korean Academy of Science and Technology as well as a life time member of KSEA.

As the 12th President of KSEA, Dr. Park made a great stride to reach out to members in the South East and South West as well as Mid Western regions of US, established new chapters and expanded existing chapter activities by adding new disciplines to the existing fields. He also served as President of North Carolina Chapter and various committees of KSEA for decades. For his efforts, Professor Park was awarded a National Medal Dong-Baek-Jang (Camellia) in 1985 by Korean government. To those who studied at or visited NC State, Professor and Mrs. Park have been regarded as greatest mentors, adopted parents and/or helping friends who never ceased to feed and provide shelters to them whenever there was a need.

Outstanding Contributions to KSEA - Honorable Dr. Sang Kee Suh

Dr. Suh is a Ph.D. technocrat and an engineer who has recognized and fostered the growths of KSEA, the second-generation Korean-Americans, and Korean-American community in general for over a decade. As a member of Korean National Assembly, and as Vice Chairman of Education, Science and Technology Committee, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of KSEA by participating in the annual UKC conferences 7 years in a row and by helping to increase the collaborative KSEA-Korea funds significantly over the last several years, thus revitalizing KSEA’s domestic and US-Korea activities. His concern and affection for the under-privileged Korean-Americans born of inter-racial marriages are also well recognized and respected among many in Korean-American communities.

Dr. Suh holds a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Drexel, an M.S. from Wayne State University and a B.S. from Seoul National University, both in Metallurgy. He was a KSEA member while working as a faculty of Wayne State University, and returned to Korea and served as President of Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (92~98) and Presidential Advisory Council for Science & Technology (96~98) and a professor at Hoseo University (99~04) before being elected to the National Assembly. Dr. Suh served with distinction as Vice Chairman of the Science, Technology, Information and Telecommunications Committee, and is currently serving as Chair of Education, Science and Technology Committee of the National Assembly. He was awarded a Korean National Medal of Honor in Science and Technology in 1983.

Engineer of the Year Awards - Mr. Myungho "Steve" Ro

Mr. Ro has been a member of KSEA over 30 years, and has contributed significantly to KSEA and engineering field in the US and Korea as the founding President of LEE & RO, Inc. with Mr. Donald R. Lee in 1979. The company is a full service water, wastewater, public works, and environmental infrastructure engineering firm providing value-based solutions for the environmental challenges created by rapid population growth and economic expansion. Lee & Ro, Inc. He has successfully come up with cost-effective, greener, and long-term solutions and tailored his services to meet the unique requirements of the clients. LEE & RO, Inc. has been ranked among the “Top 200 U.S. Environmental Firms” by Engineering News Record, and was listed as the 10th largest environmental engineering firm in the region by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2005. Currently, they have four offices in California located in the City of Industry (Los Angeles), San Diego, Sacramento, and Walnut Creek, with plans for three or four new branch offices in the Western United States during the next 10 years.

After Mr. Ro obtained his B.S. (65) and M.S. (72) at Seoul National University and UC Berkley, respectively, in Civil and Environmental Engineering, he began helping professional societies by sponsoring UKC, particularly in Civil, Environmental and Transportation (CET) symposiums.

Outstanding Chapter and Chapter President - Mr. Steve (Sin Jae) Lee and Sacramento Valley Chapter



Mr. Steve Lee is the current Sacramento Valley Chapter President and works as the Branch Chief, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sacramento, CA. He obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Davis, 1990. He served as VP (20017), President (2008-2010) of the chapter and worked in YG Committee (2007-2010), Science Committee, NMSC (Chair -2010) and as Publications Director (2009-2010) of KSEA - a busy fellow!

Mr. Steve Lee and Sacramento Valley Chapter (SVC) of KSEA have been the true role models to all chapter presidents and chapters of KSEA. Founded in 1995, they were rather inactive between 1998 and 2007, with fewer than 10 members. Steve Lee then stepped in as VP for a revival in 2007. He encouraged many professionals and graduate students to join SVC and worked fiercely with a vision. By June 2007, the members at SVC grew to over 30. When Steve Lee became the Chapter President in January 2008, the number swelled to 40. The success of SVC-National Math and Science Competition (NMSC) in 2007 was marked by the large turnout of students, parents, and professionals in science and engineering as well a timely visit by the Consul General of the Korean Consulate General in San Francisco for a speech. In 2008, he encouraged 8 SVC members to attend the UKC in San Diego. In the same year, with the leadership of Steve Lee, SVC exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kookmin University for mutual collaboration and assistance in academic and international issues of importance.

In addition to SVC activities, Steve was instrumental in establishing a brand new KSEA Silicon Valley Chapter (SiVC) in March 2009. Through phone conferences with key people in San Jose, 37th President Kang Wook Lee, and current KSEA President Dr. Jae Hoon Kim, Steve successfully had a SiVC kickoff meeting. Pres. Kang Wook Lee attended this significant occasion and 6 of the SVC members attended also the event. Now, SiVC has grown to have over 80 members!