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Jong-Eun Kim, PhD

Jong-Eun Kim, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (205) 975-5889, (205) 934-8460
Fax: (205) 975-7244


PhD; Aerospace Engineering; University of California, Davis; 2000
MS; Mechanical Engineering; Hanyang University, Korea; 1994
BS; Mechanical Engineering; Hanyang University, Korea; 1992


ME 686/786 : Design Optimization Techniques


Dr. Kim focuses on (1) Computational Injury Biomechanics to provide a more comprehensive understanding of injury mechanisms of human body exposed to high-speed impact environments such as motor vehicle crashes through numerical modeling and simulation, (2) Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) to develop efficient and robust algorithms for a loosely-coupled fluid-structure interaction framework, and (3) Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) to develop an integrated design system by integrating the computational simulation and grid generation capabilities with a simulation based statistical multidisciplinary design optimization module to provide an optimum design that shortens the development period for new designs and improves current designs.


  • Kim, J. E. Influence of occupant restraint system on traumatic brain injuries, International Journal of Crashworthiness, 13(1), 25-39. (2008)
  • Soni, B. K., Koomullil, R. P., Cheng, G., Shih, A. M., Kim, J. E. , Enabling technology tools for design of aerospace vehicles, Computational Fluid Dynamics Journal, 16(4), 336-345, (2008)
  • Kim, Y. H, Kim, J. E. Ito, Y., Shih, A. M., Brott, B., Anayiotos, A. Hemodynamic analysis of a compliant femoral artery bifurcation model using a fluid structure interaction framework, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 36(11), 1753-1763, (2008)
  • Kim, J. E. Rao, V. N., Koomullil, R. P., Ross, D. H., Soni, B. K., Shih, A. M., Development of an efficient aerodynamic shape optimization framework, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 79(8), 2373-2384, (2009)
  • Kim, J. E. Li, Z., Ito, Y., Huber, C. D., Shih, A. M., Eberhardt, A. W., Yang, K. H., King, A. I., Soni, B. K. , Finite element model development of a child pelvis with optimization-based material identification, Journal of Biomechanics, 42(13), 2191-2195, (2009)
  • Zhu, S., Kim, J. E. Ma, X., Shih, A. M., Laud, P. W., Pintar, F., Shen, W., Heymsfield, S. B., Allison, D. B. BMI and risk of serious upper body injury following motor vehicle crashes: Concordance of real-world and computer-simulated observations, PLoS Medicine, 7(3), e1000250, (2010).


  • “Obesity-related variables and motor vehicle injury”, Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health through the Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • “Development of age-dependent pediatric computational models,” Investigator, Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics.
  • Center of expertise in pelvis model, Global Human Body Models Consortium, Investigator.
  • “Vehicle dynamics & occupant kinematics of bus rollover crash,” Co-PI, Center for Injury Science.
  • ”C omposite materials testing, experiments and modeling of field injuries,” Co-PI, Industry Sponsor.
  • “Blast & impact resistant: Composite structures for navy ship,” Investigator, Naval Research Laboratory.
  • “Thermoplastic composites for army applications,” Investigator, Army Research Laboratory.
  • “Development of modules/components for fluid-structure interaction frame-work,” Investigator, DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program through Mississippi State University.

SERVICE (current)

Professional Service Journal Reviewer: Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Aircraft (AIAA), International Journal of Crashworthiness, International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modeling and Testing.

Community Service Developed and provided a CSM (Computational Structural Mechanics) training program for high-school students

Vice President of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association - Alabama Chapter