차세대 과학기술자 양성및 리더쉽 학회

newspaper update; 1/21/2011

재미과학기술자협회(Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, KSEA)와 한미 과학 협력 센터(Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center, KUSCO)가 주최하는 제 6회 “차세대 과학기술자 양성및 리더쉽 학회 (Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference, YGTLC)” 가 지난 2011년 1월 7일 부터 9일 까지 3일동안 미국 과학 기술의 중심지라 할 수 있는 시애틀 (Seattle, WA)에서 열렸다.

1999년에 시작된 재미과학자협회의 차세대를 위한 이 프로그램은, 44명의 대학생, 대학원생이 참가한 ‘차세대 과학기술자 양성 및 리더쉽 학회’이다.

2005년 시애틀에서 시작하여 매년 로스앤젤레스 (Los Angeles, CA), 뉴욕 (New York, NY), 샌디에이고 (San Diego, CA), 달라스 (Dallas, TX), 워싱턴 (Washington, D.C.)을 거쳐 올해에는 워싱턴주 시애틀에서 7번째 행사를 갖은 것이다.

‘차세대 과학기술자 양성 및 리더쉽 학회’는 미국의 과학과 엔지니어링 분야에서 차세대를 이끌어갈 1.5세, 2세(20대-30대초반) 재미한국인들을 위한 최고의 학회이다.

이들은 자신들이 수학(修學)하는 분야의 연구과제를 발표하고, 같은 분야에서 이미 성공적으로 활동중인 전문가들과, 같은 분야에서 공부하고있는 참가자들을 만나는 소중한 기회를 통해, 지식과 정보를 배우고 공유하며, 재미 과학 기술 분야의 인적자원망 (Network)을 형성하는 소중한 기회의 장인 것이다.

이번 학회를 마친 소감을 학회 Director로 활동중인 Benjamin C. Lee(PhD )에게서 들어본다.

TGT(The Grapevine Times): How was the conference this year?

A. We had another successful conference, which was our 7th annual Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference (YGTLC).

TGT; How many people attended and how was this year a success compared to the years before?

A. We had a total of 167 participants attend the conference in the end from all over the country. About 1/2 were graduate students, 1/4 young professionals and about 1/4 undergraduate students. Last year we had 110 participants and so we very proud that the conference is growing.

This year was special in that we had the most inspirational speakers so far who included the Washington State Senator Paull Shin, Microsoft Corporate Vice-President Michael Park, CEO Steve Ro, and CEO James Sun, who spoke about their personal leadership. Also this year we had our first job recruiting career fair session with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and National Security Agency (NSA) as exhibitors and we also exhibitors for academic programs such as the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) and the Korea-US Science and Cooperation Center (KUSCO).

TGT; What are the future plans for this conference?

A. The location of the next YGTLC has not been determined yet but we will announce it at the US-Korea Conference (UKC) in Park City, Utah (near Salt Lake City) during August 10-14, 2011 which is the international conference for all members of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) and not just the young generation. At the UKC, there will also be another young generation meeting called the Young Generation & Professional Forum (YGPF) which will focus more on research and technical presentations.

Past YGTLC participants are invited for a YGTLC reunion who may not have research to present.

TGT; Can any one participate in the conference? Even if he or she is not Korean or Korean-American?

A. Even though the focus of YGTLC is on 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean-Americans, the YGPF at UKC 2011 is open to all young generation participants, including 1st generation Korean graduate students studying in the US, participants from Korea, and working young professionals.

TGT; How would one apply to be a part of this conference?

A. The application for the next YGTLC 2012 will not be accepting applications until October but the YGPF at UKC 2011, is accepting abstracts until March 31, 2011 at Any questions can be emailed to

TGT; I hope that the future generations will benefit from this program.

A. Thank you. I believe that the YG programs of KSEA provide many Korean-Americans in science and engineering training in leadership and helps build their network both of which are so important in developing your career.

Benjamin C. Lee, PhD

Conference Chair, YGTLC 2011

Young Generation Director, KSEA

University of Michigan, MS, PhD

Cornell University, BS

by Jihee Kim