Dear, respected KIEES members,
I wish you happy and healthy New Year of 2018, the Year of the Dog (ÙæâùÒ´)!
The Korean Institute of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science (KIEES) has made significant advancements during the 30 years since its founding in 1989. As a representative institute of electromagnetic engineering and science in Korea, KIEES has expanded to include 9,000 members, five branch offices to assist local members, 17 specialized research groups for technology development, one special committee, and 17 standing committees, including a committee on future electromagnetic engineering strategies. It has served as an important contributor to policy making and academic and industrial developments in relation to electromagnetism. KIEES¡¯ current success results from the hard work of our predecessors, who actively adapted to changing industrial, technological, and social environments as well as to the enlargement and advancement of the electromagnetic field. To carry forward KIEES¡¯ spirit of service and sacrifice and to take another major step into the future, we have set the following core goals and operational measures:
First, we will increase our members and strengthen the services we offer. We will shorten the period of peer review for academic papers to publish the most recent technological trends as soon as possible. We will raise the quality of the contents on the KIEES web site to promote easier access to information on electromagnetism. We will endeavor to attract special institutional members and strengthen our public relations activities. Moreover, KIEES will provide friendly response services to members. In addition to increasing general membership, we will also try to increase our membership from the military, such as the air force and joint chiefs of staff, and enhance our cooperation with military members.
Second, we will make all efforts to ensure our English journal JESS is selected for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). This is a make-or-break issue for KIEES and has been a longstanding wish for all our members. Currently, JEES is at the E-SCI stage, which was introduced in 2017 as a prior step to inclusion into the SCIE. If our efforts continue, we expect satisfactory results will be achieved near the end of 2018. If so, all papers published this year will be indexed by the SCIE. Thus, we hope more papers will be submitted this year.
Third, KIEES¡¯ operations will be expanded and reorganized. Although the scale of our academic events increased by approximately 1.5 times in the last few years, our operations have not grown to meet that expansion. Scaling up operations to meet our expanded activities is essential in order to cope as quickly as possible with diverse new requests.
Fourth, we will continue our consistent efforts to internationalize KIEES. Beginning with ISAP2018 (Busan, October 23–26), several international conferences will be held this year, including AWAP2018 (Pattaya Thailand, July). We will do our best to make these international conferences successful academically as well as financially. I ask you to pay attention to this matter.
Fifth, we will make the operations of the KIEES¡¯ secretariat more efficient and strengthen public relations. The accounting of the secretariat¡¯s operation of KIEES will be more advanced. The web site (www.kiees.or.kr) will be revised significantly to attract more members and will become the central hub of information and communication.
To all respected KIEES members, the KIEES Executive Board promises to exert all efforts to complete our projects successfully, and we ask those members who are the owners of KIEES to participate in all KIEES events in the new year.
Once again, I wish you all the best in 2018. Thank you for your kind attention.
2018 President of KIEES