Kwang Kim Inducted into National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
Prolific Professor Becomes First NAI Fellow from Nevada
Mechanical Engineering and NV Energy Professor of Energy and Matter, Kwang Kim, is no stranger to professional awards and accolades. In just the past two years he was presented with the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award, created to recognize faculty who have performed research that is both highly regarded and responsive to the needs of the community, and the Nevada Regents’ Researcher Award, the most prestigious award given to a researcher in the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the UNLV Distinguished Professor award, as selected by his peers.
As a leading expert in active materials and energy systems, he has authored/co-authored more than 385 articles, 180 referred journal papers, and three published books.
In addition, Kim has an impressive invention portfolio. NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers for their outstanding contributions in areas such as licensing, innovative discovery and technology, and impact on society. Kim’s inventions are all of the above, and effectively bridge the gap between academics and commercial application.
His invention on functional coatings for enhancing condenser performance, which can improve power plant efficiencies, reduce CO2 emissions, and increase revenues, has been licensed by NBD (Namib Beetle Design) Nanotechnologies. He has also worked with Hyundai/Kia Motors on LED cooling devices that were filed for patents in four countries.
His research and inventions on electro-active polymers (EAPs) have made a significant impact in the field of biomedical engineering, as well as soft robotics, and have led to commercialization in the United States. Working with two biomedical start-ups, he was able to transition his science on EAPs into potential future products including an active micro-catheter system that can potentially save many lives via effective stroke diagnosis and precise surgical intervention.
“We are incredibly proud and honored to have an expert of Kim’s caliber working and conducting his cutting-edge research in our College,” said Rama Venkat, Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.
Kim was inducted as an NAI Fellow on April 5, 2018, at the Seventh Annual NAI Conference in Washington DC.