Professor Kwang J. Kim, Ph.D.

Might 2021: Zakai Olsen, AMSL’s current PhD-graduate, was chosen because the first-place winner for the 2020-2021 Excellent Dissertation Competitors. The title of his dissertation is “A HYPERELASTIC POROUS MEDIA FRAMEWORK FOR IONIC POLYMER-METAL COMPOSITES AND CHARACTERIZATION OF TRANSDUCTION PHENOMENA VIA DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS AND NONLINEAR REGRESSION.” July 2021: Zakai took a brand new place at Intel Company (Hillsboro, OR) as Methods Engineer. April 2021: Alexandrea Washington, a PhD pupil of AMSL, received the first place of the Spring 2021 Graduate Celebration competitors: extra data. March 2021: The SPIE Lifetime Achievement Awards acknowledge senior researchers who’ve made vital contributions to the sector of Sensible Constructions and Supplies (SSM) or Nondestructive Analysis (NDE) and who’ve been instrumental of their progress. The award determination relies on the extent of the nominee’s influence on our neighborhood and participation within the SPIE Sensible Constructions + Nondestructive Analysis symposium. The prize consists of an SPIE certificates and a plenary discuss on the symposium the next yr. The 2021 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced to Prof. Kwang Kim on March 22, 2021. September 6, 2020: Alexandrea Washington, a PhD pupil of AMSL@UNLV, was chosen as a 3-year NASA graduate research fellowship awardee. Congratulations to Alex! For extra inforormation Might 19, 2019: Rebecca Xinke Cao, undergraduate researcher of Lively Supplies and Sensible Dwelling laboratory, was chosen as one in every of Might 2019 Excellent UNLV graduates. With a 3.97 GPA, Rebecca Xinke Cao is graduating with two bachelor’s levels — in mechanical engineering and pc science — a minor in arithmetic. April 26, 2019: Blake Naccarato, PhD pupil, bought the third place award within the poster competitors at 2019 Nevada NASA EPSCoR assembly held in Reno, NV. October 2018: 4 of AMSL PhD college students (Robert Hunt, Zakai Olsen, Zachary Frank, and Justine Neubauer) traveled to S. Korea (KAIST) and took part within the third Lively Supplies and Mushy Mechatronics workshop and gave their talks. For more information ( Picture: Zakai Olsen is giving his invited discuss on IPMC modeling on the workshop. October 2018: On the third Lively Supplies and Mushy Mechatronics workshop, Prof. Kim was obtained “the Pioneer Award” for his life-long pioneering work on synthetic muscle and associated analysis work. October 2018: Prof. Kim gave a chat at 2018 UNLV Analysis Day. His discuss was entitled “Finding out Mushy-robots Outfitted with Synthetic Muscle.” This discuss was broad-based for normal public together with massive variety of center college college students and lecturers from the Las Vegas space. August 2018: 5 new PhD college students joined AMSL. Nazanin Minaian, Liya Napollion, Justin Neubauer, Zakai Olsen, and Alex Washington. Nazanin, Liya, and Justin had been undergraduate researchers at AMSL throughout their BS packages and determined to proceed their PhD at AMSL below Prof. Kim’s supervision. All of them are engaged on soft-robot associated tasks funded by numerous funding companies (NSF, DoD, DoE, and so on.). July 2018: Prof. Kim gave a keynote discuss at AIM 2018 (IEEE/ASME Worldwide Convention on Superior Clever Mechatronics)held in U of Auckland, New Zealand. The discuss was entitled “Ionic Polymer-Metallic Composites as a Candidate Underwater Lively Materials”. Might 2018: Zakai Olsen was chosen as one in every of MAY 2018 OUTSTANDING UNLV Graduates. UNLV president highlighted him at graduation. He completed his MS diploma in Might and proceed to work towards PhD diploma at AMSL. Might 2018: Sarah Trabia defended her PhD dissertation entitled
“COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF SPRAY-PAINTING AND 3D PRINTING FABRICATION METHODS FOR NAFION® AND NAFION® EQUIVALENTS IN IONIC POLYMER-METAL COMPOSITE ACTUATORS AND SENSORS.” She took a job at Apple Inc in Cupertino, CA as Mechanical Engineer. January 2018: Prof. Kwang Kim was chosen as a Fellow of Nationwide Academy of Inventors (NAI) and might be inducted in April 2018 in Washington DC. Dr. Kim is the primary NAI Fellow elected from the state of Nevada.Extra story December 2017: Qi Shen obtained his PhD in December and determined to take a suggestion from AMSL Holding as Senior Engineer. Within the winter commencement, Qi was acknowledged as one in every of Winter Excellent Graduates 2017. August 2017: NSF/PIRE South KoreaUNLV’s NSF/PIRE college students together with different college students from RPI, NYU, and U of Utah travelled to South Korea to go to KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Expertise) for collaborative analysis in soft-robotics (hosted by Dr. Youngsu Cha of KIST). August 2017: 2017 NSF/PIRE JapanUNLV’s NSF/PIRE college students together with different college students from RPI, NYU, and U of Utah travelled to Japan to go to a Nationwide Institute of Superior Industrial Science and Expertise (AIST) middle in Osaka for collaborative analysis and a workshop on soft-mechatronics (hosted by Dr. Kinji Asaka of AIST). Spring of 2017: Zakai OlsenOne in every of AMSL’s graduate pupil, Zakai Olsen, was lately named as one the six ASME nominees for the 2017 New Faces of Engineering Program (see ASME Information Vol. 36(4), 2017). This nomination yearly spotlights the necessary contributions early profession engineers and engineering college students are making to the career and to society. Fall of 2016: Tyler Stalbaum Tyler Stalbaum efficiently defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Ionic Electroactive Gadgets: Physics-based Modeling with Experimental Verification.” He was, additionally, acknowledged by UNLV as one of many 4 excellent winter graduates (for extra data click on right here.) NSP PIRESummer time of 2016: Prof. Kim and NSF PIRE college students went to a subject journey to S. Korea to collaborate with researchers from KAIST (Superior Institute of Science and Expertise). The aim of this collaborative worldwide analysis challenge is to create superior multifunctional Synthetic Muscle tissue (AMs) based mostly on the distinctive properties of Ionic Polymer-Metallic Composites (IPMCs) for comfortable robotics. Specifically, this challenge will leverage experience throughout the U.S. (UNLV, College of Utah, NYU, and RPI) and overseas (South Korea and Japan) to handle essential technical challenges in AM know-how and develop efficient and dependable IPMC-based AM know-how for comfortable robotic functions. AMSLSpring of 2016:
AMSL college students gave a pleasant demonstration at EAP-in-Motion (SPIE assembly in Las Vegas) about an IPMC with shape-memory impact. Left-right: Prof. Kim, Robert Hunt, Choonghan Lee, Tyler Stalbaum, Qi Shen, Dr. Junwoo Park, Sarah Trabia, and Zakai Olsen.
A featured article on Prof. Kim’s PIRE actions had been printed on the NSF web site article entitled, “Turnable, twistable robots” printed June 15, 2016. (

3D workshopProf. Kim, in collaboration with Prof. Jaeyun Moon, organized a mini-workshop on “3D Manufacturing” on the UNLV.
Prof. Kim obtained the 2016 Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award in Might 2016.

PIRE ProjectFall of 2015: Prof. Kim’s PIRE challenge was chosen for funding by Nationwide Science Basis. One other Prof. Kim’s NASA challenge, in collaboration with College of Nevada, Reno, entitled “Superior Transport Applied sciences for NASA Thermal Administration/Management Methods,” was chosen for funding. AMSL’s new emblem was designed by Zakai Olsen’s household. Nevada Lt Governor, Mark Hutchison, visited AMSL on September 24, 2015.
Summer time of 2015: AMSLShelby Nelson efficiently defended her MS thesis entitled, “Feasibility Research Of Customized Manufacturing Strategies Of Ionic Polymer-Metallic Composite Sensors” and was employed as Mechanical Engineer for GearWorks close to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. January/February/March 2015: AMSL hosted a centered workshop on comfortable robotics with SKK College from S. Korea in January.
Prof. Kim was awarded the 2015 Nevada Regents’ Researcher award on March 6. Extra… September/October/November/December 2014: Two of Kim’s group PhD college students, Tyler Stalbaum and Jameson Lee, obtained their NASA House Grant Consortium Fellowship.
On September 22, Nevada Governor Sandoval visited AMSL.
Prof. Kim gave an invited discuss at AFORE 2014 convention on Renewable Power.
Prof. Kim’s analysis on floor modification methods was lined by UNLV Analysis Megazine in December.

July 2014: Kuok Cheng accomplished his PhD research by efficiently defending his dissertation entitled “Parameter Research on Dropwise Condensation Warmth Switch for Industrial Functions.”
A Provisional Patent entitled, “Warmth Dissipating Plate System for Gentle Emitting Diode, Warmth Lamp for Car and Technique for Getting ready the Identical,” was filed. This know-how was developed through collaboration with Hyundai/Kia Motors.

June 2014: Prof. Kim gave an invited discuss on the Kentucky Natural Digital Supplies Symposium College on “Ionic Polymer-Metallic Composites (IPMC) as Mushy Actuators and Sensors.”

Might 2014: Prof. Kim hosted the primary mini-symposium on Intermountain Biotechnology, Power and Supplies (BEM). The BEM gathers graduate college students, researchers, and school members from Utah State College and College of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Might 2014: Md Mainul Hossain Bhuiya accomplished his PhD research by efficiently defending his dissertation entitled “Design and Evaluation of Hydrogen Powered Actuator Integrating Metallic Hydride Storage System.”

April 2014: Deivid Pugal accomplished his 2nd PhD from Institute of Physics, College of Tartu (UT), Estonia below Prof. Alvo Aabloo of UT and Prof. Kim. His dissertation title is “hp-FEM Mannequin of IPMC Deformation.”

March 2014: Shelby Nelson, Tyler Stalbaum, Viljar Palmre, and Prof. Kim went to the 2014 Sensible Supplies and Conferences to current plenty of papers.

Feb 2014: Prof. Kim hosted a mini NASA workshop on “Softrobotics/Lively Skins and Associated Applied sciences.”
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Jan 2014: The Division of Protection lately awarded Prof. Kim an gear grant of $248,495, entitled “Institution of a Versatile Nano/Micro-Mechanical Characterization Facility.”

Dec 2013: Prof. Kim was named as one in every of Collaborative Analysis and Training (CoRE) Fellow of UNLV. He’ll function a facilitator for topics associated to Renewable Assets and Sustainability.

Dec 2013: Dec 2013NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NBD), a start-up firm from Boston, Massachusetts, UNLV, and the Korean Institute of Power Analysis (KIER) entered right into a license settlement for sure commercialization rights in and to a UNLV/KIER developed know-how commonly known as “Polymer-Primarily based Porous Coatings Enhancing Condenser Efficiency.” The know-how got here out of Prof. Kim’s laboratory.