MinJun Kim

Dr. MinJun Kim recently received the 2016 Engineer of the Year Award from the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) during the 2016 U.S. Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (UKC) held in Dallas, TX this past August. The Engineer of the Year Award is given annually in recognition of a member who has made outstanding technical contributions in the areas of engineering.

Dr. Kim joined the faculty of SMU-Lyle this fall as the Robert C. Womack Chair in Engineering and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Before joining SMU, he was a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Drexel University and a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University’s Rowland Institute.

Dr. Kim’s pioneering research focuses on microrobotics and single molecule biophysics. Recognized as the first investigator to utilize flagellated bacteria as micro-actuators in engineered systems, Kim is also an innovator in applying solid-state nanopore systems to investigate high-resolution protein folding/binding kinetics at the single molecule level. His research group is the first in the world to develop scanning transmission electron microscopy methods to fabricate solid-state single-digit nanometer pore arrays for analysis of nucleic acids and protein kinetics.

Dr. Kim is the recipient of numerous awards and prestigious honors including the Netexplo Award (2016), Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship (2014), Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) Brain Pool Fellowship (2013), Bionic Engineering Outstanding Contribution Award (2013), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2012), Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2010), Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award (2009), and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008). Dr. Kim was also elected as International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) Fellow (2014) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow (2014). In addition, he has received more than $13 million in research funding over the past 10 years from a diverse group of agencies sponsoring his work.  His new book, Nanofluidics, 2nd Edition, has been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK.

“Professor Kim’s ‘Engineer of the Year Award’ from the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies is a great distinction,” said SMU-Lyle’s Mechanical Engineering Chair and Professor Ali Beskok. “Recognition of his scholarly contributions in the U.S. and the Republic of Korea builds upon his internationally renowned expertise and extends the reputation of the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Lyle School, and SMU abroad. We are honored to have Dr. Kim as a faculty member and colleague.”

Dr. Kim earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Yonsei University in Korea, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.

To learn more visit us at: http://www.smu.edu/Lyle/Departments/ME/People/Faculty/KimMinJun.


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