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Young W. Kwon
Distinguished Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2238
Email: ywkwon (at)
PhD - Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1985
Mechanical Engineering (GPA 4.0/4.0)
MS - Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1983
Mechanical Engineering
BS - Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1981
Mechanical Engineering (with honor))
  • Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2000-present.
  • Chair and Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering, 1999-2003.
  • Associate & Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1990-2000.
  • Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes, Southern Illinois University, 2003-2005.
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat, France, July 1997.
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mech. & Aero. Eng. and Eng. Mech., University of Missouri - Rolla, 1987-1990.
  • Senior Engineer, Oil Technology Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, 1985-1987.
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Oklahoma State University, 1982-1983.
  • Finite Element Method, Computational Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, Composites, Fracture and Failure, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Underwater Explosion, Statics & Dynamics
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation: Multi-scale and multi-level modeling and simulation Finite element method, Boundary element method, Nanomechanics, Molecular Dynamics, Mesh-free technique, Cellular automata, Lattice Boltzman method
  • Mechanics of Materials (Metals & Composites) and Structures: Strength (progressive damage and fracture) and stiffness in various materials and structures such as Fibrous composites, Particulate omposites, Woven fabric composites, Sandwich structures, Porous materials, Nano-tubes
  • Nanotechnology: Carbon nanotube, Nanocomposites, Thermal management using nanoparticles and nanotubes
  • Multiphysics Problems: Modeling of thermal, fluid and structure interaction, Underwater explosion Coupling of lattice Boltzmann and finite element methods
  • Biomechanics: Kinematics of the human knee and other joints, Mechanical characterization of bones and joints, Mathematical modeling of the human body for potential injury evaluation
AWARDS: (View an extended list)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Serving as Technical Program Chair of ASME PVP-2009 Conference, 2009.
  • US patent on Fatigue Measurement Device and Method, 2005
  • ASME, Pressure Vessel and Piping Division Outstanding Service Award, 2004
  • Two Certifications of Appreciation, ASME, 2002
  • Fellow of ASME, since 1999
  • Excellence in Research Award, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, 1997
  • Menneken Faculty Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, NPS, 1995
  • Commendation for Excellence in Teaching (Ranked Top 5% of Faculty on Campus for the Teaching Award Polling), NPS, 1995, 2007, 2008
  • Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Instruction, NPS, 1993
  • Certificate of Recognition, ASME, 1993, 1998
  • Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Research, NPS, 1992
  • Cedric K. Ferguson Medal (the Best Paper Award), Society of Petroleum Engineers, 1989
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society
  • U.S. National Dean's List, 1983
  • Magna cum laude, Seoul National University
  • Scholarship and Fellowship, Rice University
  • Fellowship, Seoul National University
BOARDS/MEMBERSHIPS: (View an extended list)
  • Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1999
  • ASME Strategic Planning Committee, 2009-2012
  • ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping (PVP) Division – Division Chair: 2010-2011
  • ASME PVP Division – Conference Chair: 2009 – 2010
  • ASME PVP Division – Conference Technical Program Chair 2008 – 2009
  • ASME PVP Division – Executive Committee Communication Chair: 2005 – 2009,
  • ASME PVPD – Administrative Committee (Chair of Membership Committee): 2003-2005
  • ASME PVPD - Fluid Structure Interaction Committee (Chairman): 1998-2002
  • ASME PVPD - Fluid Structure Interaction Committee (Secretary): 1994-1998
  • Associate Editor of ASME Transaction, Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology: 1996-2002
  • Editorial Board on International Journal of Multiphysics
  • Editorial Board on Journal of Applied Composite Materials
  • Honorary Theme Editor of “Pressure Vessels and Piping Systems” of ELOSS (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems) under the auspices of UNESCO, 2006-present.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Y. W. Kwon and H.-C. Bang, Finite Element Method Using MATLAB, Second Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2000 (ISBN # 0-8493-0096-7).
  • S. D. Faulkner, Y. W. Kwon, S. Bartlett, and E. A. Rasmussen, “Study of Composite Joint Strength with Carbon Nanotube Reinforcement”, Journal of Materials Science, Vol. 44, Issue 11, 2009, pp. 2858-2864. (doi: 10.1007/s10853-009-3378-y)
  • Y. W. Kwon and J. C. Jo, “Development of Weighted Residual Based Lattice Boltzmann Techniques for Fluid-Structure Interaction Application”, ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, Vol. 131, Issue 3, June 2009, 031304. (doi:10.1115/1.3089494).
  • Y. W. Kwon and S. Hosoglu, “Application of Lattice Boltzmann Method, Finite Element Method, and Cellular Automata and their Coupling to Wave Propagation Problems”. Computers and Structures, Vol. 86, 2008, pp. 663-670. (doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2007.07.013)
  • Y. W. Kwon, C. Manthena, J. J. Oh, and D. Srivastava, “Vibrational Characteristics of Carbon Nanotubes as Nanomechanical Resonators”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 2005, pp. 703-712.
  • Keywords: Computational Techniques, Multiphysics, Multiscale, Composite Structures, Fracture and Fatigue, Nanotechnology, Underwater Explosion, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Biomechanics

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