It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (UKC 2017), jointly organized by the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST). The conference will be held August 9 – 12, 2017 in the Hyatt Regency Crystal City near Washington DC, Capitol of the United States. Building on the strength of having numerous National Laboratories, Government Agencies, Universities and industries in the region, e.g., NIH, NASA, NIST, FDA, etc., UKC 2017 provides valuable opportunities for cooperation between the US and Korea.
UKC is an annual conference drawing over 1,000 scientists, engineers, government officials, industry executives, and policy-makers from both the US and Korea. The UKC 2017 theme “Engagement Opportunities for Global Challenges: Convergence and Innovation through Cooperation” focuses on UKC’s special multi-disciplinary nature. UKC 2017 provides an environment where convergence and innovation can be ignited and implemented through interdisciplinary integrations. The conference program includes symposiums, forums and workshops to cover broad areas of science and technology, including but not limited to basic science, applied science, engineering, technology, entrepreneurship and science policy. It also offers laboratory tours, e.g., NASA, NIH, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, etc.
Another special feature of this conference is that it offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers to interact with policy makers so that strategies and policies can be developed as issues and challenges of major importance in the field of science and engineering are addressed. It can play a major role in reducing the technology gap with policy makers, and build the framework to tackle global challenges through science diplomacy.
In addition, UKC 2017 fosters peer networking and mentoring, and provides a platform for current and future leaders to meet in an environment where meaningful partnerships and friendships can form and grow. Our goal is to empower and develop future generation leaders.
We would like to express our thanks to Organizing Committees and volunteers for their tireless efforts, and to sponsors for their generous support. We hope that UKC 2017 will be a rewarding and memorable experience for each of you. We also hope and trust that you will enjoy your visit to the very beautiful and exciting city of Washington DC in August 2017.
Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to seeing you at UKC 2017!
UKC 2017 Chair and KSEA 46th President
Professor of Physics, University of Maryland, USA
UKC 2017 Co-Chair and KOFST President