Ygnite 2017

Philadelphia PA

Jan 12 - 15, 2017


placeholderYgnite (pronounced ignite), also known as the Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference (YGTLC), is a premiere conference for scientists and engineers with a demonstrated interest in Korean heritage. Ygnite welcomes participation from 1st-generation, 2nd-generation and 3rd-generation Korean-American scientists and engineers, including those from mixed-race and adopted communities, as well as those who are non-ethnically Korean.

Ygnite brings together over 200 of the brightest and most promising scientists and engineers from a vast spectrum of technical disciplines. Participants have the opportunity to showcase their research, attend science and leadership panels, participate in problem solving exercises, and network with others in their field.

It is generously hosted by the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), the Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO), and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST).

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Hyon Lee

Technical Advisor, Streami

Bio: Hyon is the Founding Engineer of LTSE.  Before LTSE, Hyon has worked on 18 companies over 12 years spanning multiple industries including telecommunications, movie talent sourcing, and ice cream.  While at LTSE, Hyon launched several products that help early-stage startups such as Runway and Hiring Plan, which is now being used by over 10, 000 startups world-wide.  Hyon advises several stealth companies as well as a large Korean blockchain company, Streami, and continues to support the startup ecosystem. Hyon graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s and Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  Hyon has been a member of KSEA for 15 years and was the co-chair of Ygnite 2018.

Ryan Shin

Senior Enterprise Implementation Manager, Valant

Bio: Ryan Shin has been working in the Electronic Medical Records industry for over 6 years. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, he joined Epic Systems, where he served in various roles such as a consultant, technical project manager, product manager, and implementation manager. While at Epic, he played key roles in successfully stabilizing and supporting numerous hospital systems across the United States, installing key features optimizing hospital workflows, implementing various population health programs with an emphasis on value-based care and managed care organizations, and setting industry standards for third-party integration with other organizations. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington helping to bring behavioral health agencies, a specialty that has often been neglected in terms of accessing state of the art technology, adopt new and improved electronic solutions to help organizations provide better care to a vulnerable population.

Andrew Kim

Senior Vice President, Paulson & Co.

Caroline Park

MDPhD Candidate, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Daegene Koh

PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology

Danny Kim

PhD Candidate, MIT

Dr. Sebastian Seung

Professor, Princeton University

Eddie Cho

UX Designer, Cisco

Erik Reinertsen

Graduate student researcher, Emory University School of Medicine

GiHun Choi

Undergraduate, Biological Engineering, MIT

Hannah Cho

Dental Medicine, Midwestern University

Hyun Ik Kim

Manager, Clinical Research, Taro Pharmaceuticals

Janet Lee

Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Jay Cho

Process Engineer, Lam Research Corporation

Jonathan Kim

Developer I, CSX Technology

Jooseok Lee

Project Manager, Roehampton Communications Ltd.

Jullia Lee


Jungmin Ryoo

Product Manager, APX Labs

Katherine Cho

Research Analyst, Higher Education Research Institute

Kevin Riutzel

Resident Physician, UC Irvine

Kibum Kim

Senior Analyst / Research Fellow, University of Utah

Kisurb Choe

Biochemistry PhD student, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Kyu Han

Antenna engineer, Viasat

Michael Jung

Resident Physician, UCSF

Michael Kim

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, StrongArm Technologies, Inc.

Mina So

Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park

Nathan Byun

Founder, Absolarity

Peter Yu

Medical Student, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Phillip Han

Co-founder/COO, Clockwise.MD

Sangkyun Cho

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

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