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Kim, Jeong H.

Kim, Jeong H.

Professor of Practice
Mechanical Engineering
Center for Risk and Reliability
3122 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building


  • B.E.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, 1982.
  • Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland, 1991.



Dr. Jeong H. Kim joined the Clark School of Engineering in January 2002 as Professor of Practice in Reliability Engineering with a joint appointment in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials and Nuclear Engineering. With the integration of the Reliability Engineering Program into the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Kim will become engaged in the life of mechanical engineering faculty and students, as well, conducting research, teaching classes and seminars, supervising student projects and thesis work, and interacting with students in various programs related to technology entrepreneurship.

The rank of Professor of Practice recognizes the impact of Dr. Kim’s contributions and prominence in the practice of engineering. His technical expertise in communications, wireless technologies, and broadband optical systems and devices, coupled with his understanding of market trends and forces, makes him an excellent role model for our students.

Dr. Kim has had a distinguished career as an engineering entrepreneur. In 1992 he founded a successful telecommunications company,Yurie Systems, and pioneered the development of a revolutionary Asynchronous Transfer Mode Switch for wireless applications. The ATM switch became key in the modernization of telecommunications systems for today’s digital market. Lucent Technologies acquired Yurie Systems in 1998, and Dr. Kim assumed a senior leadership position with Lucent. He has played a pivotal role in reshaping their optical communications division through a major restructuring of that division.

Dr. Kim’s early career included work in computer design, satellite systems designs and data communications, as well as seven years as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1991, and holds a Master’s Degree in Technical Management and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Ernst & Young’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, KPMG Peat Marwick LLP High Tech Entrepreneur Award, and the Maryland High Technology Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Recognizing the current and future importance of these areas to the University of Maryland and the region’s high technology economy, the state of Maryland has planned a new campus facility, the Jeong H. Kim Engineering and Applied Sciences Building. This 160,000 square foot building will significantly improve the college’s physical infrastructure and enhance and accelerate research and education in both core subjects and emerging technologies. The building will house some of the most sophisticated engineering and research and educational laboratories in the nation; every aspect of the building will be used to educate tomorrow’s engineers. A Virtual Groundbreaking of the building was held on May 14, 2003 at the University’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.



    •    Member of National Academy of Engineering
    •    Ernst & Young’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    •    KPMG Peat Marwick LLP High Tech Entrepreneur Award
    •    Maryland High Technology Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award



Communications, Wireless technologies, Optical networking systems, Computer design, Nuclear engineering, Satellite systems, Data communications

Alumnus Receives National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Biden recognizes Jeong H. Kim for advances in broadband optical systems, data communications, wireless.

$25 Million Commitment Will Fund New World-Class Engineering Facility at the University of Maryland

The interdisciplinary engineering building, named in honor of benefactor Stanley R. Zupnik '59, will help prepare engineers to solve society's grand challenges.

UMD Dedicates IDEA Factory

Building designed to inspire innovation, entrepreneurship, and research across disciplines.

Sharma Elected to National Academy of Engineering

University of Houston department chair, a UMD alum, is honored for establishing the study of flexoelectricity.

Incentive Awards Program, Engineering Lab Building Named for Mote

Former UMD president recognized for contributions to field, expanding education access

Slam Dunk at Alumni Cup

The annual Alumni Cup competition is hosted by the Clark School's Engineering Alumni Network.

Alumna Appointed Director Arizona State University Polytechnic School

Leila Ladani (M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’07) takes the helm of The Polytechnic School, one of six schools in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

ASME Awards Prof. Dasgupta InterPACK Achievement Award

Prof Abhijit Dasgupta receives InterPACK Achievement Award

Welcome, NAE Members

The Clark School welcomes six National Academy Engineering members who will be returning to or joining our faculty this fall.

University of Maryland Launches Quantum Technology Center

The new research center will catalyze the development of high-impact quantum technologies.

University of Maryland Breaks Ground on E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory

The new building will inspire innovation and entrepreneurship, enable world-class research, and spur economic development.

Prof. Dasgupta Named ME Director of Graduate Studies

Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta named Mechanical Engineering Director of Graduate Studies

Supporting Diversity in Engineering

The Clark School partnered with the National Society of Black Engineers to host the National Leadership Conference.

University of Maryland School of Engineering Announces Unprecedented Investment from A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

Building Together: An Investment for Maryland Will Transform UMD Through $219,486,000 Gift

ME Faculty Part of NextFlex Award Winning Team

UMD faculty part of team to explore conformal sensors, 3-D antenna structures and non-planar circuit routing demonstrators.

University of Maryland Engineering Students to Award $10,000 to Baltimore Non-Profit V-LINC

Engineering for Social Change course offers students unique opportunity to effect change in their local community.

Alumni Dr. Jeong H. Kim Receives 2016 Horatio Alger Award

Kim named one of 13 exceptional corporate and civic leaders to the Horatio Alger Member Class of 2016

Leonard to be Honored for Cooperative Control Innovations

Alumna Naomi Leonard to be inducted into Innovation Hall of Fame on Nov. 9.

Desai Named ASME Fellow

Mechanical Engineering Professor Jaydev Desai named ASME Fellow.

UMD Mourns Passing of Benefactor and Alumnus A. James Clark

University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering community remembers namesake and friend

Dasgupta Receives 2015 USM Regents' Faculty Award

University System of Maryland recognizes mechanical engineering faculty for excellence in scholarship.

Dasgupta, Fourney and Hwang Named ASME Fellows

Three Mechanical Engineering faculty named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellows

Dasgupta Awarded Jeong H. Kim Professorship

Department of Mechanical Engineering professor Abhijit Dasgupta awarded Jeong H. Kim Professorship.

Modarres Awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship

Mechanical Engineering Professor Mohammad Modarres awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship.

UMD Clark School to Host Mpact Week: Disaster Resilience

Research showcase to highlight role of engineers in developing innovative solutions to help prevent, mitigate, and respond to disasters.

Hovercraft Competition Serves as Unique Final Exam

Introduction to Engineering Design final encourages team work and hands-on education

UMD Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence in Reliability Engineering

The Center for Risk and Reliability hosted a 25th Anniversary Celebration of the University of Maryland's Reliability Engineering Education Program on April 2, 2014.

Smithsonian Secretary Clough To Deliver Special Lecture at UMD

Secretary Wayne Clough will discuss "Why the Smithsonian Matters"

UMD to Host FIRST Robotics Regional Competition

More than 1,000 high school students expected to attend event in College Park

Whiting-Turner Lecture Series to Feature Chasen and Chowdhury

Leading tech entrepreneurs to share business experiences.

Ohadi Awarded USM Regents’ Faculty Award

Mechanical Engineering Professor Michael Ohadi recognized for Excellence in Innovation.

UMD Holds Risk and Reliability Engineering 25th Anniversary Symposium

Symposium will celebrate research and education excellence in reliability engineering and risk analysis.

Jeong Kim Receives Legion of Honor from France, Launches New Business

Alumnus honored for service in global technology research.

Alumnus Krill to Be Honored for Revolutionary Naval Fleet Network Technology

Electrical engineering graduate Jerry Krill’s Cooperative Engagement Capability allowed Navy battle groups to act as one.

Students & Community Explore Engineering at 2nd Annual ExPO: Engineering Skills Fair

Annual event sponsored by Engineers Without Borders draws 200 students to learn more about engineering.

Mpact Week to Showcase UMD Robotics, Bioengineering, Innovation, Oct. 23-26

Events will highlight the Clark School's research, education, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Clark School Programs Ranked by USA Today, Princeton Review

Entrepreneurship and engineering programs recognized as top graduate programs in country

Clark School Freshmen Compete in Hovercraft Competition

ENES100 students build autonomous hovercrafts for final exam.

Earth Day 2013 Event to Address the Energy and Water Nexus

Engineering Sustainability Workshop 2013 and student poster contest open to all.

Clark School Alumnus Jeong Kim Nominated for Ministry Post in South Korea

South Korea's President-elect Park Geun Hye has tapped Kim to head Future Creative Science Ministry.

National Instruments LabVIEW Tour Coming to University of Maryland

NI Campus Tour bus will feature LabVIEW demonstrations for educators, researchers, and students.

Donation to Name Kim Building Lecture Hall

Stanley Zupnik pledges $500,000 to the Clark School, helps Great Expectations campaign exceed $1B goal.

ME Students Design Next Generation of Products for Design Day

Students presented projects designed as part of the department’s capstone design course.

Yit Akyuz wins Second Place at 2012 AIAA Region I Young Professional, Student, and Education Conference

Mechanical engineering junior’s paper focuses on dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) sensors.

Mechanical Engineering Career Fair Set For December 7

Mechanical Engineering Career Fair provides opportunity for coops, internships, and permanent employment.

Mechanical Engineering Design Day Scheduled for December 4

Senior mechanical engineering students will present their capstone design projects to their peers, faculty, and guests.

Lockheed Martin Partnership Suite Opens

Lockheed Martin employees visiting campus can use space for meetings, recruitment events.

Terps Racing 2012 Formula SAE Racing Car Unveiled on Maryland Day

Terps Racing team prepares for a new round of competitions.

Zhijian Zhang Wins First Place in IEEE Photonics Society’s Student Poster Competition

Ph.D. student receives award for poster display on optics and photonics.

Lyles to Speak at Commencement

Retired U.S. Air Force general to address engineering grads.

How Hot is Solar Energy?

All are invited to hear students, faculty, industry, government experts at April 26 Sustainability Workshop.

Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts 2012 Northeast SEM Graduate Student Symposium

Department revitalizes regional conference on hiatus since the 1990s.

Wireless Printing Kiosks Now Accepting Terrapin Express Funds

WEPA stations offer convenient on-the-go printing and payment with Terrapin Express.

Booz Allen Colloquium Spring Series to Feature Variety of Distinguished Speakers

ECE's Booz Allen Hamilton Distinguished Colloquium begins February 17, 2012.

Sikorsky Colloquium Series Event Planned for November 10, 2011

Aerospace Department Hosts Second Installment of Sikorsky Series of the Fall

2011 Fischell Festival to Highlight Invention, Entrepreneurship

Product development, start-up ventures, FDA evaluation among topics to be covered.

Pecht to be Inducted into the Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame

ME professor and CALCE director recognized for pioneering research in the field of electronics prognostics and health management.

Clark School Celebrates Hard-Working Staff

At annual event, Dean Pines cites long-serving and new staff members.

Earth Day Event to Focus on Energy

Students invited to hear industry, government, academic leaders present latest advances.

WEPA Wireless Print Kiosks Now Available!

Students can print right from their own laptop while on Campus.

Sirius Co-Founder to be Honored

Alumnus Briskman newest Innovation Hall of Fame honoree.

Kim Inducted into UM's Alumni Hall of Fame

Jeong H. Kim (Ph.D. '91, reliability engineering) honored for innovations and entrepreneurship.

Maryland Hosts Second Annual Robot Speedway Competition, Oct. 24

The event is co-sponsored by the DC Chapter of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.

Spring Engineering Commencement Ends on a Delightful Note

ME department says a fond farewell to 2009 graduates.

2009 Student Awards Ceremony

ME’s best & brightest celebrate their achievements.

Kim Named Among Most Creative

Fast Company lists Jeong Kim among "12 Most Creative Minds of 2008."

Honor for Hybrid Power System Inventor

Alex Severinsky is 2008 Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame inductee.

You're Invited: Fischell Festival April 10-11

Event to highlight advances in medical imaging, new bioengineering wing.

Engineering Curriculum Development Recognized by NSF and IOP

Program funds and institute journal supports nanotech and bio-inspired design curriculum.

NSF Boosts Nanotech Curriculum

MSE, ME faculty and staff develop new lessons, teaching lab.

Farvardin Professorship Fund Reaches $500K

Gift from Jeong H. Kim helps fund reach milestone, supports Great Expectations campaign.

Tour to Feature Kim Building, DETS

Campus Technology conference tour to highlight innovative learning facilities.

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments

Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department.

Maryland Commerce Chamber Honors Jeong Kim

Kim Building namesake inducted into Maryland Business Hall of Fame.

Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV): Theory, Practice and Application Workshop

Workshop intended for both current and future practitioners of PIV.

You're Invited: May 3 Fischell Festival

Event to highlight how engineers can improve life for millions of people.

Improving Life for Millions of People

Biomedical Inventor Robert Fischell's $30 Million Gift to Establish Bioengineering Department.

Maryland Nanotechnology Education, Research Ranked #1 in Trade Magazine

UMD ranks first in nanotechnology research and education according to the May/June 2005 issue of Small Times Magazine.

Clark School's Jeong Kim Named Bell Labs President

Mechanical Engineering alumnus, Jeong H. Kim, Ph.D. ’91, returns as President of the Bell Labs unit of Lucent Technologies, Inc.


Professor of Practice and Faculty in Reliability Engineering of 76 New NAE Members.

Reliability Engineering Program Joins ME Department

On April 16, 2003, the Reliability Engineering Program was integrated into the Department of ME.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE)