Young-Kee Kim is the Louis Block Professor in Physics at the University of Chicago, and has served as the Deputy Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory between 2006 and 2013. She received a BA and an MS from Korea University, South Korea, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and a Ph.D. from University of Rochester in 1990. After a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley as Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Physics until 2002 and moved to the University of Chicago in 2003 as Professor of Physics.
As an experimental particle physicist, she has devoted much of her research work to understanding the origin of mass for fundamental particles. She was spokesperson of Tevatron’s CDF experiment with more than 600 physicists from around the world. She is currently working on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC at CERN. She devotes some of her time in educating the next generation of accelerator physicists.
Her honors include Rochester’s Distinguished Scholar Medal, the Ho-Am Prize, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Fellow of American Physical Society, and a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Her hobbies include dancing of all kinds.