Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute
Malone Hall, Room 111
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Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University (2012)
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004)
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University (2000)


2015 – Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, Johns Hopkins University
2012 – 2014: Postdoctoral Fellow (advisor: Prof. Katia Bertoldi), Harvard University
2008-2012: Research Assistant (advisor: Prof. Joanna Aizenberg), Harvard University
2004-2007: Staff Scientist, EIC Laboratories, Inc.
2001-2004: Research Assistant (advisor: Prof. Vladimir Bulovic), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards and Honors

2017: FY 2018 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award
2016: Invitee, National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Irvine, CA)
2013: NSF Fellowship for Summer Institute on Additive Manufacturing (Evanston, IL)
2013: Early Career Development Workshop Fellowship, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association
2012: Poster Award, Growth and Form: Pattern Formation in Biology, Aspen Center for Physics
2011:  Graduate Student Award Gold Medal, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting
2011:  Second Place Poster Award,  NSF Workshop and Freund Symposium on Future Directions of Mechanics Research (Providence, RI)
2010: Second Place in Science as Art Competition, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting
2009: First Place in Photography Category, International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, “Save Our Earth. Let’s Go Green.”

Brief Bio

Prof. Sung Hoon Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University since 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University working with Prof. Katia Bertoldi. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics at Harvard University under the guidance of Prof. Joanna Aizenberg and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and Seoul National University, respectively. He has been studying complex behaviors of material systems and structures with novel properties based on inspiration from nature as well as rational design followed by rapid prototyping using a 3D printer. By designing experimental model systems and/or using computational models, he has been working on identifying key design parameters of systems so that we can make desired structures and properties by tailoring behaviors of systems. His research is supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Army Research Office (ARO).

Throughout his career, Prof. Kang has co-authored 33 peer-reviewed papers in highly regarded journals including Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, and Nano Today, has given over 60 presentations (including over 30 invited talks), and has two patents and two pending patents. His work has been highlighted in numerous scientific and public media worldwide including New York Times, BBC, NPR, Discovery, the Times, Nature Physics, and Popular Science. His honors include FY 2018 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, 2016 National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Invitee, 2011 Materials Research Society Graduate Students Gold Award, 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge First Place in Photography Category, and several poster awards and travel fellowships from prestigious conferences/workshops. Outside lab, he is interested in communicating science and technology to general public and fellow scientists/engineers through science-art and outreach activities.

Prof. Kang serves various roles in research community.He served as an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nov. 2014 – Oct. 2017) and a guest editor of February 2016 issue of Materials Research Society Bulletin. Currently, he serves as a reviewer for Science, Advanced Materials, ACS Materials & Interfaces, Nanoscale, Soft Matter, Applied Physics Letters, Composites Part A, Smart Materials and Structures, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Advanced Materials Technologies, Science Advances, Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Journal of Mechanical Design, Micromachines, MRS Advance. He is also a proposal reviewer for National Science Foundation, Army Research Office and American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. Prof. Kang is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Materials Research Society (MRS), Society of Engineering Science (SES), and American Physical Society (APS). In 2017, he is elected as the Editor of ASME Technical Committee on Mechanics of Soft Materials will serve as the Secretary (2018), Vice Chair (2019) and Chair (2020).