Irvine Division Director Yee Honored at Annual ACS Meeting

By Anna Lynn Spitzer

ACS symposium
Symposium speaker Raymond Pearson added
a birthday message to his presentation.

09.02.05 – Albert Yee, Irvine division director, won’t soon forget this year’s birthday or the annual national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering society last week honored Yee’s impending birthday and his contributions to the field at the meeting in Washington, D.C. with a dedicated symposium and a subsequent banquet and roast.

“Fracture and Relaxations in Polymer Solids – in Honor of the 60th Birthday of Professor Albert F. Yee” was organized by four of Yee’s former University of Michigan students. Hung-Jue Sue, professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University; Christopher Soles, materials research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Raymond A. Pearson, professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh University; and Qinghuang Lin, a research scientist at IBM Watson, also organized the banquet/roast at an area Chinese restaurant.

Albert Yee speaks
Yee and family
Yee addressing the symposium: first discussing  fracture and toughening of polymers,
then mentioning the importance of family.


More than 50 people attended the dinner, held Monday, Aug. 29, at China Garden restaurant in Arlington, Va. Ten of the invited guests shared fond anecdotes, many with a humorous twist, about their past experiences with Yee. Yee’s wife, Jessica Yu, and his daughters, Vivian and Claire, also attended the event. Guests presented Yee with a framed portrait of himself as a gift.


receiving gift
Yee receives his framed portrait as a gift.

“It was an incredible honor to be recognized in this way,” Yee said. “The symposium was well-received and the dinner was a lot of fun, even if it was at my expense. What really touched me was the realization that my mentoring and leadership have had a positive impact on so many people over the years.”

(All photos by Yen Peng Kong.)