Lee Chairs US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hosin "David" Lee, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering and president of the Korea-American Scientists and Engineers Association, chaired the 40th anniversary US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship held at Park City, UT.

The conference was co-organized with The Korean Federation of Science & Technology Societies (KOFST) and The Korea-US Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO).

"Over a decade, the UKC has been a unique forum where prominent scientists, engineers, and policy makers come together to explore collaborative research and development opportunitiesbetween two great countries," Lee said in his remarks. "Given a rapidly increasing level of cooperation between the US and Korea, the UKC 2011 is a great platform where innovative ideas across the Pacific are openly exchanged and shared among participants for a new synergistic discovery"

Over 1,000 people attended UKC 2011 from the US and Korea.

UKC 2011 presented 18 broadly defined interdisciplinary invited sessions to discuss a new knowledge created at the interface of disciplines. All participants were able to interact with colleagues within their disciplines in the 13 technical group sessions ranging from physics to industrial engineering. Entrepreneurs attended the industry forum to meet representatives from 21 companies from Korea. In addition, for research and development policy makers, there were 19 forums such as national research policy, energy, intellectual properties, venture and US-Korea cooperation. More than 40 exhibition/recruiting booths were available for career seekers.

During the conference, Lee discussed how the conference impacts US-Korean relations --