Yongwook Kim

Assistant Professor, 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; flood resistant design subjected to hurricanes and other natural disasters; database assisted design (DAD) for wind loads. 


  • 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
  • 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
    • 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. and 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. and 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., and Peköz, T. (2003). “The Finite Element Method for Thin-Walled Members – Applications.” Thin-Walled Structures. 41 (2003) p.p.191 – 206.

    Conference Publications

    • 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.
    • Kim, Y., and Peköz, T. (2004). “Flexural Strength of Aluminum Extrusions of Arbitrary Cross-Section.” 2004 SSRC Annual Stability Conference Proceedings, March 2004, Long Beach, CA.
    • Kim, Y., and Peköz, T. (2003). “Integrated Numerical Design Methods for Aluminum Beams.” 2003 SSRC Annual Stability Conference Proceedings, April 2003, Baltimore, MD.
    • Kim, Y., and Peköz, T. (2002). “Plastic Bending Capacity of Laterally Supported Aluminum Beams.” 2002 SSRC Annual Stability Conference Proceedings, April 2002, Seattle, WA.

    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 


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


    • 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.