25th Northeast Regional Conference

Conference Preliminary Program



25th Northeast Regional Conference


Moving Forward another Quarter Century, TOGETHER

April 30, 2016

Crowne Plaza Englewood

401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631


Hosted by

KoreanAmerican Scientists and Engineers Association

New Jersey, New York Metropolitan and Philadelphia Chapters


Partnered with

New York Korean Biologists (NYKB)

Korean American Society in Biotech and Pharmaceuticals (KASBP)

Philadelphia Korean Scholars Association (PKSA)

Korean-American Women in Science and Engineering (KWiSE)

Korean-American IT Engineers and Entrepreneurs (KITEE)


Congratulatory Message from the KSEA President

Youngsoo Richard Kim

Honorable Guests, Ladies, and Gentlemen: Welcome to New Jersey! It is wonderful that so many fellow KSEA members, friends, and guests from the Northeastern states can come and participate in the KSEA’s Northeast Regional Conference. The NRC has provided an exceptional opportunity for researchers and practitioners in a number of exciting fields to gather and share their knowledge and experience. Although I am unable to attend the Conference due to personal conflicts, I am sure that this year’s event will continue the tradition of strong technical content and networking opportunities that the NRC has always provided for its attendees.

This Conference is the first time that KSEA’s local chapters in the Northeastern states can join with Affiliated Professional Societies, such as the NYKB, KASBP, KWiSE, KITEE, and PKSA, under the theme, “Moving Forward Another Quarter Century, TOGETHER”. This type of collaboration is a great example of how two main axes of KSEA, i.e., the local chapters and Affiliated Professional Societies, can work together to create networking opportunities both socially and technically. I wholeheartedly applaud this effort!

Serving and leading the KSEA as President allows me to return some of the benefits I have gained from this dynamic organization, but at the same time this opportunity poses many challenges. I am pleased to report to you the following important initiatives that have been accomplished by the 44th Administration:

  • Proper representation of local chapter presidents in the Council by developing and including the concept of ‘Region’ in the KSEA structure
  • Registration of local chapters as non-profit organizations
  • Integration of the Technical Groups and Affiliated Professional Societies
  • Revamping the KSEA information technology system and the encryption of members’ passwords
  • Improving the membership application and renewal processes
  • Improving the security of the election system

Each of these tasks is important for the healthy and prosperous future of the KSEA. You have experienced some of these changes already, and I ask for your willingness to continue your active support of KSEA as we move forward with progressive changes to improve our organization even more in the future.

Congratulations to the Conference Co-Chairs, Drs. Youngsun Kim, Sae Woong Park, and Moses Noh, the Conference organizers, advisors, presenters, volunteers, and generous sponsors for making this Conference another successful event!

Youngsoo Richard Kim

President, KSEA


Welcome to 25th Northeast Regional Conference (NRC)

Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) NJ, NY-Metro and Philadelphia will hold the 25th KSEA Northeast Regional Conference (NRC 2016) at Crowne Plaza Englewood, NJ, on April 30, 2016. For the first time, the 25th NRC is collaborated with professional organizations including KASBP, NYKB, KWiSE, KITEE and PKSA. The objective of this conference is to provide a forum in which scientists and engineers in major areas present their research findings and share ideas.  We are hoping that the 25th KSEA Northeast Regional Conference (NRC 2016) will also contribute greatly to the advancement of research and development in both USA and Korea.  In addition, we believe it will provide an opportunity for members and experts in other technical fields to establish professional networks, as well as to explore career opportunities.

The 25th KSEA Northeast Regional Conference would like to extend an invitation to you to this wonderful forum.  We are looking forward to seeing you all at the 25th KSEA Northeast Regional Conference.

Youngsun Kim, Ph.D. Sae Woong Park, Ph.D. Moses Noh, Ph.D.


Conference Co-chair

KSEA-NY Metropolitan

Conference Co-chair

KSEA-NY Philadelphia

Conference Co-chair


Program at a Glance

AM/PM Time April 30, 2016 (Saturday)
IT BT YG Engineering Entrepreneurship KWiSE
AM 9:30-10:20

Registration and Networking



Rm A

AM Session

Rm B

AM Session

Rm C

AM Session

Rm D

AM Session

Rm E

AM Session

Join other session
11:50-12:00 Group Photo
PM 12:00-1:30 Networking Lunch

Plenary session

NRC Ceremony and Keynote speech

3:00-3:20 Coffee Break

Rm A

PM Session

Rm B

PM Session

Rm C

PM Session


PM Session

Join other session

Rm E

PM Session

4:50-5:00 Closing (at each session)
5:20-8:00 Networking Dinner (Poong Lim)
8:00-10:00 Have a safe trip home and see you next year



Registration                                                                                                                                                       Lobby

9:20 AM – 10:20 AM

Coordinators:                        Jaewon Kang, Vencore Labs

Jun Hyuk Heo, Merck

                                                     Sahee Kim, RevHealth, LLC

NY chapter

Dahea You, Rutgers University


Technical Session I                                                                                                                                                 TBD

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM


Group Photo Time                                                                                                                                        Ballroom

11:50 PM – 12:00 AM


Networking Lunch                                                                                                                                         Ballroom

12:00 PM – 1:30 AM


Plenary Session                                                                                                                                             Ballroom

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM


Coffee Break                                                                                                                                        1st Floor Lobby

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM


Technical Session II                                                                                                                                               TBD

3:20 PM – 5:00 PM


Networking Dinner                                                                                                                                                     

5:20 PM – 8:00 PM

Poong Lim Restaurants

2053 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024



1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Moderator: Youngsun Kim, KSEA-NJ Chapter President


1:30 PM – 1:35 PM

Opening and Welcome Remarks:   

Sae Wong Park, KSEA-NY KSEA NY Metro President &

Moses Noh, KSEA-Philadelphia President


Reflection on 25 years of NRC                                                                                                                   Ballroom

1:35PM – 1:50 PM

Kang Wook Lee (former KSEA President), IBM


Professional Organization Presentation                                                                                                  Ballroom

1:50 PM – 2:15 PM

  • Korean-American IT Engineers and Entrepreneurs (KITEE)
  • Korean-American Women in Science and Engineering (KWiSE)
  • Philadelphia Korean Scholars Association (PKSA)
  • Korean American Society in Biotech and Pharmaceuticals (KASBP)
  • New York Korean Biologists (NYKB)

Keynote Speech                                                                                                                                            Ballroom

2:15 PM -3:00 PM

“Dream for Novel Prize in Science and the Korean”

Chin Ok Lee (former KSEA President) The Rockefeller University





Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                             Room

10:20 AM – 10:25 AM

Ohbong Kwon, CUNY/New York City College of Technology


Information Technology I                                                                                                                                Room

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Chair: Ohbong Kwon, CUNY/New York City College of Technology


“SK at a Glance”

Hanul Park, SK


“AI/ML and new approach: Topology”

Minkyu Kim, ASML


“Impact of Advisement on the Success Rate of Developmental Students”

Jinsoo Park, Essex County College


”Visualizing Phylogenetic Trees”

Sung-Hyuk Cha, Pace University

Information Technology II                                                                                                                                 Room

3:20 PM – 4:50 PM

Chair: John Lee, Vencore Labs


“Joint Interference and User Association Optimization in heterogeneous Networks”

Changkyu Kim, New York University



Kooksang Moon, JP Morgan Chase


“Why Lee Sedol Lost to AlphaGo?”

Sung-Kwon Kang, IBM


Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                             Room

4:50 PM – 5:00 PM

Jaewon Kang, Vencore Labs




Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                             Room

10:20 AM – 10:25 AM

Eunsung Junn, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Bio & Pharma Science I                                                                                                                                    Room

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Chair: Eunsung Junn, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


“Exploring intracellular structures and functions at nanometric scale with light”
Sanghyuk Lee, Rutgers University, Piscataway


 “Light Pollution and Cancer”

Mingzhu Fang, Rutgers University, Piscataway


 “Dynamic silencing of Drosophila vision during rapid gaze changes”            

Anmo J. Kim, The Rockefeller University


Bio & Pharma Science II                                                                                                                                   Room

3:20 PM – 4:50 PM

Chair:  Yune-Sang Lee University of Pennsylvania


“Using single cell transcriptomic data to study the heterogeneity in human female embryonic stem cells”

Kyoung Jae Won, University of Pennsylvania


“The rate of transphyletic regulatory interactions”

Jongmin Nam Rutgers University, Camden
“Binding Dynamics of Streptococcal-glucosyltransferase B to Candida albicans Using Single-molecule Force Spectroscopy”
Geelsu Hwang, University of Pennsylvania


Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                                Room

4:50 PM – 5:00 PM

Hyun Jae Pi, CSHL

Young Generation (YG) FORUM

Session Theme: Stepping Up as Leaders

Inspiring and effective leaders have enormous impact in their community, including workplace and school. A highly effective organization has strong work culture and powerful organizational dynamic as a result of having quality leaders. In this year’s YG Session, we will focus our discussion on various aspects of being a successful leader with distinguished speakers and fun interactive activities.


YG Session Organizing Committee Chair:

Jason Ki


YG Session Organizing Committee Members:

Sahee Kim, Seo Young Lee, and Dahea Diana You


YG Session Staff:

Joanne Haeun Lee, Jiyeon Joy Park, Sun Ho Ro


Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                             Room

10: 20 AM – 10:30 AM

Jason Ki, Ph.D. Candidate, the City College of New York


YG Session I                                                                                                                                                       Room

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM

Panel Discussion on Leadership

Moderator: Seo Young Lee, PharmD Candidate of 2017, Rutgers University



Stella Jeon, Life Sciences Solutions at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Bong Jun Ko, Ph.D., IBM

Michael Lee, NJIT

Stephen Suh, Ph.D., Hackensack University Medical Center

Young Yim, Phreesia


11:10 AM – 11:35 AM

YG Spotlight

Dahea Diana You, PharmD, Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University & Local YG Chapter Representatives


11:35 AM – 11:50 PM

Networking/Interactive Session

Seo Young Lee, PharmD Candidate of 2017, Rutgers University


YG session II                                                                                                                                                         Room

03:20 PM – 4:10 PM

Leadership Workshop/Interactive Session

Sahee Kim, PharmD, RevHealth, LLC


04:10 PM – 4:30 PM

YG Participant Presentations


04:30 PM – 4:50 PM

Keynote Speech

John Lee, PhD, KPMG


Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                                Room

Jason Ki, Ph.D. Candidate, the City College of New York


Engineering FORUM


Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                              Room

10: 20 AM – 10:25 AM

Eon Soo Lee, NJIT


Engineering I                                                                                                                                                        Room

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Chair: Eon Soo Lee, NJIT


“Samsung Today”

Sung Wook Yoon, Director, Samsung Electronics


“Overview of Device Nanostructuring for Efficient Polymer and Hybrid Solar Cells”   

Chang-Yong Nam, Brookhaven National Lab – Center for Functional Nanomaterials.  


Low-cost Urban Traffic Congestion Monitoring System for Smart City “

Joyoung Lee, Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Efficient Solar Water Splitting Via Tunable Photoanode-Photocathode-Catalyst Interface Devices”

Shinjae Hwang, Dept. Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University


Engineering II                                                                                                                                                     Room

3:20 AM – 5:00 PM

Chair: Moses Noh, Drexel University


 “Electrocatalytic upgrading of furfural for generation of renewable biofuels and chemicals”

Sungyup Jung, Dept. The City College of New York at CUNY


 “Fatigue Risk and Reliability Assessment for Highway Sign Structure”

Hyungjoo Choi, Dept. Civil/Structural Engineering, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.


 “Drug delivery to triple negative breast cancer cells”

Bumjune Kim, Biomedical Engineering, CCNY 


“Synthetic Cell Penetrating Peptides for Drug Delivery and Stem Cell Applications”

Won H Suh, Temple University


“Inkjet printing for biomedical applications: flexible microelectrodes”

Yoontae Kim, Drexel University



Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                              Room

5:00 PM – 5:05 PM

Moses Noh (Drexel University)


Entrepreneurship FORUM


Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                              Room

10:20 AM – 10:30 AM

Myung Jong Lee (City College of New York)


10:20 AM – 11:50 PM

Chair: Kyeong Ho Yang (Dialogic)

Presentation                                                                                                                                                        Room

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Maximizing the Opportunities in the Open Economy

JunHwan Chang, Esq. (Managing Attorney of Chang, Cho & Associates)


Panel Discussion                                                                                                                                                 Room

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

New opportunities for startups in the international market

Panelist 1: JunHwan Chang, Esq.

Panelist 2: Scott Lee, CEO of BOK Solutions (To be confirmed)

Panelist 3: Sunguook Wee, Cofounder of SoBeNe (To be confirmed)

Panelist 4: Leon Kim, Founder of BENU Agency (To be confirmed)



Session Theme: Women who want it all


Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                              Room

Chair: Yeon Bai (Montclair State University)


03:20 PM – 3:50 PM

“Healing Growing Pain”

Christine Yoon, A Blessing place


03:50 PM – 4:20 PM

“Workplace Lactation

Yeon Bai, Montclair State University


04:20 PM – 4:50 PM

“Resume that works”

Alice Kim, Columbia University Center for Career Education


Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                              Room

04:50 PM – 5:00 PM

Minsun Shin (Montclair State University)




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