Yoohwan Kim

Associate Professor, Computer Science
Expertise: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Data privacy, Cybersecurity, Data analytics, Computer networks


Yoohwan Kim is a computer scientist who conducts research on blockchain scalability, data privacy on blockchain, blockchain application architecture, and smart contract applications. His other research interests include computer networks, data analytics, secure network design, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) communications, and cyber-physical system (CPS) security. He has spearheaded an effort to develop a cybersecurity major at UNLV.

Kim has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has six patents that are granted or pending. His research on distributed denial-of-service attack prevention established a foundation for a field called Rate-Based Intrusion Prevention Systems. His research has been supported by Microsoft Research, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Navy Air Command, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA, National Nuclear Security Administration, National Security Agency, and the National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining UNLV in 2004, Kim gained broad experience in the IT industry. His resumé includes working as a software engineer at Lucent Technologies to develop wireless networking equipment, a management information systems consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and a database programmer at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He also co-founded a technology start-up for internet advertising.


  • B.S., Economics, Seoul National University in South Korea
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University

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Yoohwan Kim In The News

July 9, 2019
Earlier this year, hackers brought the city of Baltimore to its knees. City employees were locked out of even the simplest systems, and email and phone systems were crippled as citizens were prevented from completing transactions such as paying a water bill.
May 15, 2019
Within what remain quite niche circles, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding blockchain technology's potential to revolutionise the hospitality sector, with some even christening it "a new internet for the travel industry" with the potential to end online travel agency (OTA) ascendancy. Will Moffitt speaks to hoteliers, entrepreneurs, and academics in an effort to separate hype from reality and asks how close we are to seeing mainstream implementation.
November 5, 2018
As the world begins to learn about blockchain, a local professor is up to speed because he's been doing research on the new technology for about two years.
May 15, 2017
Demand in the cyber security field is relentless, but no one seems to want to do it the job. In fact, in Las Vegas, the lack of cyber security specialists has been a problem for a long time.

Articles Featuring Yoohwan Kim

A local Las Vegas high schooler in a yellow shirt participates in an cybersecurity activity on a laptop
Campus News | July 29, 2021
Where to start? At UNLV’s annual GenCyber Camp.
two people back to back at computer screens with code projected behind them
Campus News | February 10, 2021
New interdisciplinary degree looks at long-term solution to thwarting cybercrimes
Yoohwan Kim
Business and Community | May 16, 2017
New cybersecurity minor paving the way for a new bachelor's in the field — making UNLV one of just a few universities in the nation to offer such a program.