Congressional Science Policy Forum

Forum on U.S.-Korea National Policy on the 4th Industrial Revolution

(4차 산업혁명시대를 위한 정책 포럼)

Thursday, 1:20 – 3:20 pm
Location: Conference Theater

Jaehoon Yu (University of Texas, Arlington)

The topic to be discussed in this panel is the U.S.-Korea National Policies to promote and support the 4th industrial revolution. The panel discussion will include the very definition of an “Industrial Revolution”, the potential areas of technology that can trigger the 4th Industrial Revolution, the direction of national policies in the U.S. and Korea to promote and support such a revolution, and the national policies to train human resources in a timely fashion in preparation for such a revolution. Most ideal outcome of this panel would be to learn from each country’s congressional members their thoughts and to work together in a strong partnership ushering in and shaping the 4th Industrial Revolution.

We plan on hosting at least such congressional session every UKC to continue strengthening U.S.-Korea partnership in science, technology, and entrepreneurship.



Time Speaker Title and Abstract
Dr. Rush Holt, CEO AAAS

Scientists, Policy Makers, Diplomats, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

As scientists, our engagement with the public and policymakers is increasingly important in the fourth industrial revolution—this digital era with enormous advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, gene editing (among others). These advances both thrill and concern us. They must be thoughtfully implemented. For policymakers and the public to consider these advances in legislation or daily life, they must have trusted sources for high quality scientific information. The scientific community and the organizations that represent it (such as AAAS and KSEA, KOFST) have increasingly important roles and responsibilities in building trust and productive partnerships with the public and the policy and diplomacy communities.

Mr. Tim Hwang, CEO FiscalNote

Machine Learning, and the 21st Century Oil Rush 

The data analytics and machine learning industries have exploded in the last decade, paving the way for new industries and growth. What will be the main constituent parts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how will they be deployed and commercialized into the world?  Today’s startups and innovators are a prime example of the growing industry the opportunities it presents to disrupt industries of the past and create industries of the future.

Honorable Sang Jin Shin

Chairman of the National Assembly Science, ICT, Broadcasting and Communications Committee

14:20-15:20 Panelists

Dr. Won-ho Choi, Director General,

International Cooperation Bureau,

Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning

Dr. Rush Holt,


Mr. Tim Hwang,

CEO FiscalNote

Dr. Saeyoung Ah

Advisor to the 4IR Committee of KSEA

Del. Mark Keam,

Delegate of VA 35th House District


Biography of Dr. Won-ho Choi,

Dr. Won-ho Choi is Director General, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning since August 2016. He was a Director General of Intellectual Property Policy Bureau in the Presidential Council on Intellectual Property from May to August, 2016 and Director General of Science and Technology Bureau in the Office of the President from June 2015 to May 2016. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham University, UK.


Biography of Dr.  Rush Holt

Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the 18th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015.

In this role, Holt leads the world’s largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society. Over his career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker.

From 1987 to 1998, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. Holt then served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.

Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University.


Biography of Mr. Tim Hwang

Tim is the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a government relationship management platform that uses AI and natural language processing to help global organizations understand and manage their relationships with their governments. The global company with offices across DC, NYC, Seoul, and India has now grown to become the largest privately held company in the legal analytics and regtech space and powers 1,300 of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments in creating a more open and transparent society through data. With Hwang’s technology and capital partners from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.

Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN’s Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a Trustee on the Board of the Greater Washington Community Foundation (the largest funder of non-profit and philanthropic initiatives in the region), and a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).


Biography of Dr. Saeyoung Ahn

Saeyoung Nate Ahn, Physicist (Ph.D. in Statistical Mechanics at Yeshiva U 1973; Former Naval Research Lab Physicist)

He has been involved for last forty five years with bridging the basic science and technology toward the industrialization; First ten years in the major Universities dealing with the real fluid model study, electromagnetic wave utilization from microwave to laser, and next twenty years with nonlinear modeling of power laser, radar microwave, beam weapons and fusion plasma heating, and last fifteen years with sensors, implants and protein utilization for industry. His idea of the nonlinear feedback paradigm of basic Science and technology has been well publicized through the KSEA Letters in mid 1990’s (KSEA Letters vol 25-4, p.4, 1997).

He analyzes and proposes special education for young generation to prepare leading roles in the academia, government and industry in relation with the AI, big data utilization, IoT, AR VR, 2D-3D vehicles, bio & medicals, sensors & devices for medicals and home, smart space, manufacturing and brain. He emphasizes manpower resources to actively open and lead all branches of the 4IR subaeras. Countries with these manpower resources will be the power countries in the coming decades.

His past roles include LG consultant in display in 1990’s; Samsung consultant in CNT devices; Daewoo Advisor of Institute of Advance Engineering (late 1990’s); Lecturing at SNU in 2000’s for 10 years while developing Electrochemical Cancer Therapy machine, Quantum-well laser glaucoma machine, Minimally-invasive spine system development and advanced sensors; Founding three ventures in Korea and US. Currently active in the fourth industrial revolution area with manpower training at KSEA and Korea.


Biography of Virginia Delegate Mark L. Keam

Mark Keam is a fourth term member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing portions of Fairfax County. In 2009, he became the first Korean American to serve in a state-level public office in Virginia.

As a policy-maker with a strong reputation for bipartisanship and effectiveness, Mark has authored numerous Virginia laws that address the priorities of Northern Virginia families, such as job creation, public education, and healthcare.

Mark currently serves on the House Commerce & Labor, Finance, Education, and Agriculture Committees.

Professionally, Mark has three decades of leadership experiences in both the private and public sectors. On the commercial side, Mark has managed three startup businesses, including an international trading firm doing business in Korea and the Asia-Pacific market.

He was also an executive with a Fortune 15 technology firm and the interim President and CEO of Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, a national network of Asian American entrepreneurs, corporate executives and local/regional chambers of commerce.

In his public interest career, Mark has worked as an attorney in both the executive and legislative branches of federal and local governments, including as chief counsel to a United States Senate Whip.

Mark was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Saigon, Vietnam, and Sydney, Australia, before eventually moving to America as a teenager. Mark received a political science degree from the University of California at Irvine, and a law degree from Hastings College of the Law.