Our Team

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

Professor Sung Hoon Kang

Principal Investigator

Sung Hoon Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics at Harvard University and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and Seoul National University, respectively. Sung Hoon has been investigating bioinspired solutions to address the current challenges in engineering materials and mechanical systems with applications including safety, healthcare, sensing, and energy. His research has been supported by AFOSR, NSF, NIH, ARO, ONR, State of Maryland, and private foundations.

Throughout his career, Sung Hoon has co-authored 54 peer-reviewed papers, has given ~150 presentations (including ~80 invited talks), and has six patents and three pending patents. His honors include 2021, 2020 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2020 Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award, 2019 Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering Research Lab Excellence Award, Invitee for 2019 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, FY 2018 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, Alumnus of 2016 National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and 2011 Materials Research Society Graduate Students Gold Award.

He serves research community in various roles, including editorial board member, journal reviewer, proposal reviewer, technical committee member, and conference organizer. He served as an editorial board member of Scientific Reports and a guest editor of February 2016 issue of Materials Research Society Bulletin. Currently, he serves as an early career researcher board member of Multifunctional Materials and an editorial board member of Sensor. He also serves as a reviewer for journals including Nature, Science, Advanced Materials, Science Advances, Science Robotics, Advanced Functional Materials, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ACS Materials & Interfaces, Nanoscale, Additive Manufacturing, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Extreme Mechanics Letters, Soft Matter, Smart Materials and Structures, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, and Advanced Materials Technologies and funding agencies/programs including National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Fonds de recherche du Quebec, Dutch Research Council, and Agency for Science, Technology and Research. He has been co-organizing ~35 symposia on bioinspired materials, 3D printing, and mechanical metamaterials at international conferences.

He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Physical Society (APS), Materials Research Society (MRS), and Society of Engineering Science (SES). He served as the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Editor of ASME Technical Committee on Mechanics of Soft Materials.

Doctorate Students

Adebayo Eisape

Electrical and Computer Eng

Bohan Sun

Mechanical ENgineering

Beijun Shen

Mechanical ENgineering

I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Kang group. My research interests are architected materials, liquid crystal elastomers, 3D printing, 4D printing, viscoelasticity, etc.

Mostafa Omar

Mechanical Engineering

Tessa Van Volkenburg

D.Eng Student

Shawn Usman

D.Eng Student

Grant Kitchen

Material Science and Engineering

D.Eng Student

Masters Students

Fanzhen Ding

Mechanical Engineering

I am currently pursuing a master’s in mechanical engineering with a focus in biomechanics. Over the years through working on projects such as gecko inspired adhesives and self-expanding heart valves, I’ve developed skills in offering innovative solutions, rapid prototyping, bio-inspired mechanical design. My research interest lies in bio-inspired solutions for mechanical problems with a focus in medical devices design.

Yihe (Ethan) Wang

Mechanical Engineering

I am currently a master of science student in mechanical engineering. With my interest in mechanics, mechanical design, numerical simulation and topological optimization, I work on research topic in the relevant fields.

Yanwen (Evan) Liu

Mechanical Engineering

I am a master of science student studying mechnical engineering. My research interests are mechanical design in medical device field, and additive manufracturing.

Julia (Lia) Xia

Mechanical Engineering

I am a first year MSE in ME with a focus on structural mechanics and design, particularly for biomedical applications. My current research interests are mostly 3D printed medical devices 

Undergraduate Students

Jaeho Lee

Mechanical Engineering

I am a senior in the Mechanical Engineering department. My current research interests are focused on 3D printing, especially as it pertains to design of medical devices and aerospace applications. I am currently working on a joint project with the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Washington University’s School of Medicine to develop a sutureless nerve anastomosis device with drug delivery capabilities. Additionally, I am collaborating with the Air Force Research Lab to develop articulating structures using 3D printed metamaterials. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball and soccer. I am also a member of the club handball team and WJHU, the Hopkins student radio. My favorite place to spend time is at the beach back home in North Carolina!

Sean Healy

Biomedical Engineering

John Wu

Mechanical Engineering

Lujia Liu

Mechanical Engineering

Mitchell Simmons

Material Science And Engineering


Rui (Olivia) Wang

Master Student (Spring 2015)
Currently at IBM

Liujiang Yan

Visiting Undergraduate Student (Summer 2015)
Currently MSE student at Johns Hopkins University

Moses Kayondo

Extreme Science Intern (Summer 2015, 2016)

Amanda Metcalf

Extreme Arts Intern (Summer 2015)

Daksh Arora

Daksh Arora

Visiting Undergraduate Student (Summer 2015)
Currently Master student at Cornell University

Dharmendra Sharma

Dharmendra Sharma

Visiting Undergraduate Student (Summer 2015)
Associate Consultant at Ernst & Young LLP

Bo Yuan

Visiting Undergraduate Student (Fall and Winter 2015)
Currently PhD student at Tsinghua University

Shuyang Chen

Shuyang Chen

Master Student (Spring 2016)
Currently PhD student at RPI

Brett Caggiano

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016)

Sofia Alexandra Diez

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016)

Yancheng Du

Visiting Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016)
Currently PhD student at Purdue University

Tila Assgari

Extreme Science Intern (Summer 2016)

Arion Morshedian

Undergraduate Student (Fall 2016)

Bohan Wang

Visiting Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016 & Fall 2016)
Currently PhD student at Georgia Institute of Technology

Peisheng He

Visiting Undergraduate Student (Fall 2016)
Currently PhD student at UC Berkeley

Yitao Chen

M.S.E. Student (2015, 2016)
Currently PhD Student at Missouri S&T

Eyan Goldman

Undergraduate Student (Fall 2016)

Eugene Kang

Undergraduate Student (2016, 2017)
Currently a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin

Amy Boulier

Undergraduate Student (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Mohit Singhala

(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
Currently PhD student at Johns Hopkins University

Shaoyang Qu

Visiting Undergraduate Student (2017)
Currently PhD student at Purdue University

Lilia Yousefian

REAP Intern (2017)

Jing Li

Visiting PhD Student (2015 - 2017)

Jiaxin Xu

Visiting Undergraduate Student (2017)

Azra Horowitz

M.S.E student (Biomedical Eng.) (2016 - 2017)

Sarah Williams

Visiting Scholar (2017)

Darius Irani

Undergraduate Student (Mech. Eng. and Applied Math & Statistics) (2017)

Emilio Bachtiar

M.S.E. Student (Mech. Eng.) (2016, 2017)
Currently PhD student at Duke University

Dr. Santiago Orrego

Dr. Santiago Orrego

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015 - 2017)
Currently Assistant Professor at Temple University

Prashanth Ray

Visiting Undergraduate Student (2018)

Shangtong Li

Extreme Arts Intern (2018) Currently a lab technician at Dipole Materials

Binjie Li

Visiting Undergraduate Student (2018)
MSE student Duke University from Fall 2019

Prof. Guangjian Peng

Visiting Associate Professor (2017, 2018)

Jin Woo Oh

Research Assistant (2018)
PhD student at Georgia Institute of Technology from Fall 2019

Somnath Sandeep Polamreddy

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015 - 2017)
Currently Assistant Professor at Temple University

Junjie Pan

MSE Student (2017 - 2019)
Currently mechanical engineer at Galen Robotics

Dr. Galip Ozan Erol

Postdoctoral Fellow (2017 - 2019)
New Product Development Technologist at W. L. Gore & Associates

Urszula Krekora

Undergraduate Student (Chemical & Bimolecular Eng.) (2016 - 2019)
MSE Student at Duke University from Fall 2019

Boliang Wu

MSE Student (2017 - 2019)
PhD Student at UCLA from Fall 2019

Yishu Yan

MSE Student (2017 - 2019)
PhD Student at UC Berkeley from Fall 2019

Khalid Elawad

B.S. & M.S.E. (Materials Science & Engineering) (2016 - 2019)

Daniel Wang

Undergraduate Student (Mech. Eng) (2018-2019)

Elaine Nagahara

Undergraduate Student (Materials Science & Engineering) (2019)

O Chang Kwon

Visiting Scholar PhD Student at Korea University (2018 - 2019)

Rebecca Grusby

Undergraduate Student (Chemical & Bimolecular Eng.)

Zongyi Jiang

Visiting Undergraduate Student

Decheng Hou

Decheng Hou

M.S.E. Student (Mech. Eng.) Currently Ph.D candidate at Lehigh University

Shichen Xu

M.S.E. Student (Mech. Eng.)
Currently Design engineer at Access Point

Zeyu Zhu

Research Assistant

Dr. Seungyeol Jeon

Postdoctoral Fellow

Yoobin Han

Visiting Student

Bohan Zhang

Undergraduate Student

Shengyu Yao

Research Assistant
Currently Display mechanical engineer at Apple

Zhezhi Chen

Research Assistant
Currently Reliability engineer at Apple

Lichen Fang

Ph.D. Student (Mech. Eng.)

Jungin Kim

Undergraduate Student (Mech. Eng.)

Gun Oh

Visiting Student

Woo Jun Jeong

Visiting Student

Runhan Tao

M.S.E. Student (Biomedical Engineering) Currently R&D engineer at Shanghai Microport EP

Zixuan Wang

M.S.E Student (Biomedical Engineering)

Chao Xie

Visiting Student

G V Sai Harshit

Visiting Student

Chris Shallal

Undergraduate Student (BME)

Arthur Zhu

High School Student

Johnathan Miranda

Undergraduate Student