Dear cherished AKPA members and respected colleagues,
It is my great honor to serve as the 30th president of the prestigious AKPA. As you all know, since its creation nearly 35 years ago, AKPA has been serving Korea physicist community and has strived to act as the glue that holds the community together. Building on this tradition of strong foundation established over the past 35 years, the goals of the 30th AKPA administration are to make the organization stronger and more collaborative and to help promote physics to a broader Korean-American community.
We plan on accomplishing these goals through the National High School Physics Contest (NHSPC) which was offered nationally in 2013 in close collaboration with Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) following last year’s pilot run in North Texas and North Carolina. The overarching goal for NHSPC in the 30th administration is a self-sustained NHSPC. This means to have at least a couple of AKPA members at each of the contest sites, to raise sufficient funds to provide the national winner awards with our own funds and to provide these winners an opportunity to perform research with AKPA members in their labs for early career experience. These will require many active and willing members throughout the entire country and calls for an establishment of a better regional organization.
Accomplishing such ambitious goals is not going to be a stroll in the park and will surely be challenging. An organization, however, becomes stronger overcoming difficulties together harmoniously as the ground gets harder after the rain. As in the previous AKPA administrations, the 30th administration consists of many excellent members who serve as officers and serve on various committees, as listed in the current officer list on our web site. AKPA, however, can only prosper when all members work as a strong cohesive team. In this regard, I would like to ask each and everyone of you to roll up your sleeves and join in this initiative of making AKPA a stronger organization.
In addition, we will keep working closely with the Korean Physical Society who has been cooperating with AKPA. Gratefully, KPS will continue providing one additional Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) every year through the current KPS administration. AKPA will collaborate with KPS in celebration for 100 years of Korean Physics in 2015. Through this and other activities, AKPA and KPS will cooperate tighter, building on previous AKPA and KPS administrations’ efforts.
Last but not least, taking this opportunity, I would like to express my deepest and sincerest appreciation to all of the previous administrations, in particular the 29th administration led by professor Eunsuk Seo for her strong leadership in further solidifying the foundation of AKPA. Together we will accomplish the vision of AKPA. Thank you again for your strong support!
30th AKPA President Jaehoon Yu