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Hyunsun A. Kim

Assoc Professor, Structural Engineering




Structural and topology optimization, multidisciplinary design optimization, multiscale and multiphysics optimization of structures and materials, optimization with uncertainties, computational mechanics, smart bi-stable composites, aerospace structures.

Kim’s research group is a team of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers with enthusiasm for developing modelling and optimization of engineering design. Today's engineering structures are designed to carry out multiple functionalities and structural optimizations provides a common design platform under multiphyiscs considerations. The team develops and applies optimization methods for challenging problems involving issues such as large-scale design variables, global optimization, nonlinearity, complex coupling of physics and high computational cost. The team works closely with multidisciplinary researchers at the interface of engineering, computer science and applied mathematics and strives to find simple and powerful solutions for engineers. The current research activities are in the areas of topology optimization, multiscale and multiphysics modeling and optimization, optimization of composite materials, bi-stable smart composites, vibration energy harvesting.

Capsule Bio:

Before joining the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego, Kim was on faculty at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2015. She was a Royal Academy of Engineering post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2001. She earned a Ph.D. and a bachelor’s in aeronautical engineering from the University of Sydney in Australia. 

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Office Phone:
858-534-4599


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