Science and Technology in New Bridging Era: Engineering of Self-organized Emergence

Kyung-Suk Kim
Kyung-Suk Kim
Brown University, USA
November 22 2013 17:20~18:20


The presentation will begin with current historical situation of science and technology, as a sequel of my previous talk presented for KOFST five year ago in Daejeon. In the previous talk, three paradigms of science and technology developments were introduced, i.e. paradigms of frontiers, new frontiers and beyond frontiers. Naming of the three paradigms is simply a convenient sorting of observations on historical examples. Based on the observations, we can identify some of our current challenges or those to be encountered not in distant future; several of them will be revisited in this talk. Those include “stable evolution of global society” (in particular, associated with mobile network, such as network-integrated robotics), “sustaining of economical and clean energy and water supplies”, “development of customized biomedical care and public welfare”, “maintaining regional stability and national security” and “education in science and engineering for next generations”. As this is a talk for a science and technology institution, special emphasis will be focused on science and engineering education for next generation scientists and engineers with strong three C’s – “Commitment”, “Credibility” and “Creativity”. Finally, as an example of engineering of self-organized emergence, some recent advances in ruga science research in nanotechnology will be presented. The Latin term “ruga” collectively denotes a wrinkle, a fold, a crease, a ridge, a crinkle or a crumple. The ruga science research can potentially contribute to solving highly challenging problems encountered in current scientific issues such as DNA sequencing, inventing various multi-functional materials including soft sensors, actuators (artificial muscles) and metamaterials, etc.


Research Interests

Professor Kim’s research interest is in the interdisciplinary area of solid mechanics of small scale material structures, or the nano and micromechanics of solids. He is currently directing the Nano and Micromechanics Laboratory where research is aimed at the advancement of science and technology for proper development and improvement of technological infrastructures for the transition from an industrial society to an information society. The issues of research include engineering analysis, design, manufacturing and technical-assessment technology of advanced structural materials as well as microelectronic devices. For his research he has invented several new scientific instruments and analytical methods. These include the Transverse Displacement Interferometer (1976), Stress Intensity Factor Tracer (1984), Analysis of Elasto-plastic Peel Test (1985), Large-Deformation Laser Moire Microscope (1989), Ceramic-Metal Composite Article and Joining Method (U.S.Pat-5,108,025; 4/28/92), Computational Fourier Transform Moire (CFTM) Analyzer (1993) and Field Projection Method of Deformation Characterization (1996).


Honors and Awards

  • Melville Medal, with R.J. Clifton, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1981.
  • Instructors Ranked as Excellent by Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982, 1983 and 1984.
  • Distinguished Invited Speaker, Adhesion Society, 1994
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Award, 1996.
  • The 1999 Best JEP Paper Award, with A.-F. Bastawros, ASME, 1999
  • Midwest Mechanics Seminar Speaker of the year 2000
  • Southwest Mechanics Seminar Speaker of the year 2003 -04.
  • Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, with honorarium of $200,000.-, 2005.
  • He served as Chairman of the Thin Film & Nano Structures symposium for the International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM) held in 2004.