Prof. Yang Ki Hong

Professor Yang-Ki Hong

Director of Magnetic Materials & Devices Laboratory

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Materials Science Program

Director of NSF IUCRC-UA: Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487, USA

Talk: International Collaboration: Smart and Effective Approaches


International collaborative research offers rewarding and stimulating professional and personal insights that may not be readily available within one's own country. It is also prestigious and highly valued. The diverse expertise and networks gained from collaborating internationally can catalyze success in academic promotion, securing research grants, and establishing valuable contacts, sparking excitement and motivation. In this presentation, we will delve into the intricacies of building international research collaborations, exploring the key factors that contribute to their success. Furthermore, we will introduce some prominent funding agencies and their organizations, shedding light on the opportunities they offer for international research collaboration.


Dr. Yang-Ki Hong is a Professor of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and Materials Science Program and was the E. A. “Larry” Drummond Endowed Chair (2006 - 2023) at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. He is the Director of NSF (National Science Foundation) IUCRC-UA: Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems. He received BS and MS (Condensed matter physics: Magnetism) in Physics from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Utah in 1981. In 1992, he completed the Program of Management Development (PMD), the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Before joining the University of Alabama as the Endowed Chair Professor in 2006, he was a Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and an Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho, and Sr. Vice President of the R&D Division of OCI Company, Ltd., Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Hong’s research focuses on electromagnetics, computational materials science, magnetic materials, and their applications to rare-earth-free permanent magnets for electric motors for electric vehicles, soft magnets for power electronics, 5G/6G antennas for telematics, and EMI in the 5G/6G frequency range. He has published about 200 refereed journal articles, presented about 270 peer-reviewed abstracts at international conferences and symposia, and delivered several plenaries, keynotes, invited papers, and 170 invited lectures and seminars. He holds 27 US and 9 Korea Patents.

Dr. Hong was a member of the technical committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society (2012 - 2017) and served on the program committee of the IEEE International Magnetics Conference (InterMAG) and International Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM, AIP) and chaired many sessions for years. He was the publication committee chair for the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Microwave Magnetics. Dr. Hong is an Associate Editor of the Quantum Materials Section of “Frontiers in Materials” and an editorial board member of IEEE Magnetics Letters, Scientific Reports, Electronics, and Science of Advanced Materials.