The Department of Energy Engineering at UNIST is delighted to announce that one of its distinguished alumni, Kyung Mo Kim, has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Korea Institute of Energy Technology (KENTECH), which began operations in March 2022.
As a distinguished scholar and researcher, Dr. Kim is set to assume his new position as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Energy Engineering at KENTECH from March 2022. Dr. Kim’s wealth of expertise and experience will be instrumental in his new role, where he will be responsible for overseeing the next generation of SMR convergence majors at KENTECH.
Dr. Kim earned his Doctorate degree in August 2017 under the guidance of Professor In Cheol Bang, in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UNIST. During his school years at UNIST, Dr. Kim has conducted various empirical research projects on nuclear thermal hydraulics and reactor safety. His research efforts culminated in the development of an innovative heat pipe-based safety system that has the potential to enhance the safety of operating power plants and small modular reactors (SMRs). Following the completion of his doctoral studies, Dr. Kim continued his research pursuits as a post-doctoral researcher and research assistant at UNIST. During this time, he also developed a small UNIST Reactor Innovation Loop (URI-LO) that can visualize the system behavior of the APR-1400 nuclear power plant.
Subsequently, Dr. Kim pursued post-doctoral research positions at Virginia Tech and the University of Michigan in the U.S. During this period, he broadened his research focus by integrating artificial intelligence technology into nuclear safety technology.
Dr. Kim expressed that his diverse experiences at UNIST have been instrumental in facilitating his research and subsequent appointment as an assistant professor. He further stated that “I am committed to contributing to the success of KENTECH, which is embarking on a new journey as a professorship, with a unique and differentiated curriculum for education and research.”