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Materials science and engineering Professor Yongho Sohn has been elected president of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association. He succeeds former KSEA president Young Kee-Kim, to become the 52nd leader of the organization.

Sohn currently serves as the president-elect but will assume the official title of president in July 2023. In this role, he will oversee a variety of activities, including the U.S.-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship and the National Math and Science Competition for K-12 students. He’ll also administer conferences for emerging scientists and youth, career development workshops and professional development forums.

Sohn joined UCF in 2001 as an assistant professor and is now a Pegasus Professor and a Lockheed Martin Professor of Engineering. He is also a fellow of ASM International and an inductee of UCF’s Scroll and Quill Society. Over the years, he has earned a number of grants and awards including the NSF CAREER award, and the 2020 Engineer of the Year Award from KSEA.

KSEA was established in 1971 as a nonprofit professional organization to represent all Korean-American scientists and engineers who work and study in the U.S. The organization boasts more than 6,000 members in 70 local chapters and branches as well as 17 technical groups and 13 standing committees. The goal of the organization is to support U.S. scientists and engineers with Korean heritage or interests, to foster international cooperation and to promote the application of science and technology for the general welfare of society.

Written by Marisa Ramiccio.