Prof. Yongho Sohn received the 2020 Engineer of the Year Award from the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), presented by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST). His contributions to the development of metallic alloys for 3D printing and low-enriched metallic nuclear fuels were cited for the award. He now joins a distinguished list of previous recipients that include Dr. Mun Y. Choi, 2008, now the President of University of Missouri, Dr. John Kim, 2012, Rockwell International Distinguished Professor at UCLA, Dr. Minjun Kim, 2016, Robert C. Womack Chair Professor at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Gyeong S. Hwang, 2017, Matthew Van Winkle Regents Professor at University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Nosang Myung, 2019, Bernard Keating-Crawford Professor at Notre Dame University.
At the award ceremony, held virtually during the 2020 US-Korea Conference (UKC-2020), Dr. Sohn noted his sincere appreciation to KOFST for recognizing the accomplishments of US scientists and engineers with Korean heritage, the leaders and volunteers of KSEA including the award selection committee, all the scholars he has worked with throughout his career, and his family. He was quoted as saying, “I accept this award as one of the most important honors of my career, but at the same time, I will take this award as the greatest motivation to accomplish greater things in my career and to pave the way for new engineering knowledge for sustainable development and brighter future for all of us.”