Kwang Kim’s Laboratory provides an academic environment to UNLV students and researchers to learn and develop necessary engineering skills and attitudes that are needed to become great innovators throughout the course of their career. The laboratory is adequately setup to study engineering science in connection with Energy and Matter that have the broader economic-and-sociological impact on “sustainability and health engineering”.
Kwang J. (Jin) Kim is Southwest Gas Professor of Energy and Matter at the Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Prior to joining UNLV in Fall 2012, he was University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Foundation Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department (2007-2012). He graduated from Yonsei University, Korea, in 1987 and received his MS and Ph.D. from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Later, he completed a postdoctoral study at the University of Maryland-College Park UMCP (1993-1995). His industrial experience includes Senior Research Engineer at Thermal Electric Devices, Inc. (1995-1997) and Chief Scientist at Environmental Robots, Inc. (1997-2001), Albuquerque NM.
His research interests are in a broad spectrum of “Energy Systems” and “Active Materials/Sensors.” He has authored/ co-authored more than 300(+) technical publications including 130(+) referred journal papers and 3 monographs and was awarded 2 U.S. patents. He is a recipient of the 2011 UNR Foundation Professorship, the 2006 UNR Lemelson Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the 2002 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He is a Fellow of ASME (2007) and currently serves on the editorial boards of Smart Materials and Structures (SMS) and International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials (TSNM) .
Coming soon Dr. Kim's new book "Biomimetic Robotic Artificial Muscles" (with Drs. Xiabo Tan, Hyouk Ryeol Choi, and David Pugal), published by World Scientific.
K. J. Kim and S. Tadokoro (ed.), "Electroactive Polymers for Robotic Application: Artificial Muscles and Sensors," Published by Springer, London [ > ]
M. Shahinpoor, K. J. Kim, and M. Mojarrad, "Artificial Muscles: Applications of Advanced Polymeric Nano-Composites" Published by Taylor and Francis-CRC, New York [ > ]
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