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Outstanding Alumni Awards

Yongkeun MS ’78 and Sun Paik Joh, MS ‘77

The JohsSince graduating from Cornell, Yongkeun and Sunny Joh have used science to help food manufacturers create healthier, tastier, more stable, and more appealing prepared food. Their company, Advanced Food Systems, Inc., -- which they founded in 1982 -- develops and manufactures customized ingredient systems for food products that can be found in many chain restaurants, fast-food products, and pre-packaged foods throughout the United States, Canada and other countries.

The Johs met at Cornell as graduate students. Yongkeun, food science, and Sunny, pomology, were married while completing their studies.

The Johs have not only applied their food science degrees for delivering better food products to more people, but also contributed their time and support in recognition of those who helped them reach their success: Cornell and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the Korean American community, and their local community in Princeton, New Jersey.

The Johs sponsor the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference, and in 2010, Yongkeun spoke about his experiences and leadership as a Korean entrepreneur. They also frequently host community events in their home, which focus on environmentally sustainable business practices. Among other commitments, Yongkeun is the Chairman of Board of the Korean Community Center Foundation of Greater Princeton and chairman of Beautiful Foundation, which is a grant providing foundation to other charity organization. He also serves as a member of the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation Board of Directors.

Yongkeun has been a member of the CALS Advisory Council and Cornell University Council. He shares his experiences in food science and his entrepreneurial expertise through lectures and dialogues with students and young industry professionals. The Johs have made generous contributions to the college, including the Yongkeun Joh Professorship of Food Chemistry and Ingredient Technology and the Joh Family Graduate Support Fund in the Department of Food Science, specifically designated to aid Asian students. In addition, they have provided support for East Asian/Korean academic and cultural programming, the Johnson Art Museum, and Shoals Marine Laboratory.

They live in Princeton, New Jersey, and are the parents of two daughters, Sunnie and Julia (A&S ’01).