Yongwook Kim

Assist Prof/Civil Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Kim has more than 15 years of industry experience in engineering, design and analysis of a wide variety of structural engineering problems. Before joining Manhattan College in 2014, he was a project manager (PM), a deputy PM, and a lead engineer for various engineering projects with Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York. 

As part of his doctorate research, he has performed numerous non-linear simulations for aluminum structures and verified his research through experiments. His research findings were incorporated in the 2005, 2010 and 2015 versions of Specification for Aluminum Structures (US) and published in peer reviewed journal papers.

Dr. Kim’s interests include analysis of aluminum & cold-formed steel structures; blast and dynamic impact analysis for security structures; structural engineering and design optimization; flood resistant design subjected to hurricanes and other natural disasters; database assisted design (DAD) for wind loads. 

Education

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering from Yonsei University
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University
  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University

Courses Taught

  • CIVL 302: Structural Analysis 1
  • CIVL 309: Steel Design
  • CIVL 415/ CIVL 419: Civil Engineering Projects
  • CIVG 779: Design of Steel Structures
  • ENGS116: Introduction to Engineering Computation
  • ENGS206: Statics
  • Research
    • Behavior of Aluminum & Cold-Formed Steel Structures
    • Structural Response to Close-in Detonation Blast Effect
    • Structural Engineering and Design Optimization
    • Vehicle Impact & Crash Analysis for Perimeter Protection Design
    • Flood Mitigation Design
    • Database Assisted Design (DAD) for Wind loads
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    International Specifications

    Aluminum Association Specifications for Aluminum Structures (US, 2005) – additions/modifications
    ◦ Section 4.7.3 Weighted Average Bending Strength
    ◦ Section 4.12 Tapered Thickness Elements
    ◦ Section 4.13 Compressive Strength of Beam Elements

    Journal Publications

    • Kim, Y., Peköz, T. (2019). “Flexural Strength of Aluminum Members with Tapered Thickness Component Elements.” Thin-Walled Structures. 135 (2019), p.p. 507-520.
    • Kim, Y., Peköz, T. (2018). “Numerical Slenderness Approach for Design of Complex Aluminum Extrusions Subjected to Flexural Loading.” Thin-Walled Structures. 127 (2018) p.p. 62–75.
    • Kim, Y., Peköz, T. (2010). “Ultimate Flexural Strength of Aluminum Sections.” Thin-Walled Structures. 48 (2010) p.p. 857 – 865.
    • Sarawit, A.T., Kim, Y., Bakker, M.C.M., Peköz, T. (2003). “The Finite Element Method for Thin-Walled Members – Applications.” Thin-Walled Structures. 41 (2003) p.p.191 – 206.

    Conference Publications/Presentations

    • Kim, Y., Rooney, J. (2019). “Blast Mitigation Design for Urban Steel Structures Subjected to Close-in Detonations.” 2019 IABSE (International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering) Congress, Sept. 4-6, 2019, New York, NY.
    • Wang, Q., Schmotzer, L., Kim, Y. (2019). “Efficient Structural Design Using a Numerical Optimization Technique.” 2019 IABSE (International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering) Congress, Sept. 4-6, 2019, New York, NY.
    • Kim, Y., Florio, S., Wang, Q. (2019). “A New Method to Evaluate Performance of Steel Columns of Aging Transportation Facilities Subjected to Close-in Detonations.” TRB (Transportation Research Board) 2019 Conference, Jan. 13-16, 2019, Washington, DC.
    • Jarosch, E., Wang, Q., Schmotzer, L., Kim, Y. (2019). “Structural Optimization Using an Adaptive RBF Approach.” ISEC 10 (10th International Structural Engineering and Construction) Conference, May 20-25, 2019, Chicago, IL.
    • Wang, Q., Schmotzer, L., Kim, Y. (2018). “Design Optimization of Building Structures Using a Metamodeling Method.” Proceedings of the ICCSTE'18 (3rd International Conference on Civil, Structural and Transportation Engineering), June 10-12, 2018, Niagara Falls, Canada.
    • Kim, Y., Alexander, J. (2018) “Structural Response of Steel Columns Subject to Close-in Detonation with and without Protective Layers.” Engineering Mechanics Institute 2018 Conferences, May 29 – June 1, 2018, Cambridge, MA.
    • Kim, Y., Florio, S., Wang, Q. (2017) “Damage Evaluation of Aging Transportation Structures Subjected to Close-In Detonations.” Engineering Mechanics Institute 2017 Conferences, June 4-7, 2017, San Diego, CA.
    • Kim, Y., Florio, S., Wang, Q. (2017) “Blast Analysis of Aging Transportation Structures with Little Stand-off Distance.” ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement 2017, Sept. 10-13, 2017, Duluth, MN.
    • Kim, Y., Florio, S., Wang, Q. (2017) “Undergraduate Student Research in Blast Simulation of Wide Flange Steel Columns.” ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring 2017 Conference, April 8–9, 2017, Baltimore, MD.
    • Kim, Y., Donato, J., and McBrien, M. (2016). “Approach to Blast Resistant Design of Urban Steel Structures with Little or No Stand‐Off Distance.” Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference 2016, May 2016, Nashville, TN.

    Research Committee

    • Engineering Advisory Committee for Aluminum Association (Washington, DC) to Develop Aluminum Design Manual & Specifications.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Professional Experience

    • Lead Engineer, Project Manager, Deputy Project Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, NY 
    • Senior Structural Engineer at McLaren Engineering Group, West Nyack, NY 
    • Site Design Engineer at Hyundai Engineering & Construction at Singapore & Seoul, Korea 
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY 

    Memberships

    • Professional Engineer License in Michigan (Structure 1)
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    Grants

    • Region II, University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) Grant: Received Grant to Perform Research Titled "Approach to Blast Resistant Design of Aging Transportation Structures with Little or No Stand-Off Distance." Sep. 1, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2018.

    Awards

    • Advancing Structural Steel Education Award: Received Travel Grant to Attend the AISC Educator Workshop for the Development of Structural Steel Faculty. July 17 - 19, 2018 in Dallas, TX.