Distinguished professor Kwang J. Kim in 2012 joined UNLV’s department of mechanical engineering, where he oversees the Active Materials and Smart Living (AMSL) Laboratory. His research primarily focuses on active materials and related technologies with emphasis on soft-robotics.
Kim has authored or co-authored more than 420 technical publications, including over 200 referred journal papers and three monographs, and has been awarded five U.S. patents.
His research programs have been funded by private sectors and federal agencies including NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. He sits on the editorial boards of several prominent academic journals. Kim is also the recipient of numerous accolades and research awards, including the the 2021 SSH lifetime achievement award from SPIE, an international professional society for optics and photonics technology; the 2016 Harry Reid Silver State Researcher Award; the 2016 Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award; and the Nevada System of Higher Education 2015 Regents’ Researcher Award.
- Ph.D., Arizona State University
- M.S., Arizona State University
- B.S., Yonsei University