Yongwook Kim

Associate 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, prior to joining Manhattan College. 

For his doctorate degree, he has performed research on aluminum structures through numerical, theoretical and experimental studies. His research findings were incorporated in the 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. 


  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

Courses Taught

  • CIVL 302: Structural Analysis 1
  • CIVL 309: Steel Design
  • CIVL 409: Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CIVL 415/ CIVL 419: Civil Engineering Projects
  • CIVG 779: Design of Steel Structures
  • ENGS 116: Introduction to Engineering Computation
  • ENGS 206: 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

     Journal Publications

    • Kim, Y., Florio, S., Wang, Q. (2023) “Behavior and Design of Standard Wide Flange Steel Columns Subjected to Near-Field Detonation.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 37(3), June 2023. ASCE. https://doi.org/10.1061/JPCFEV.CFENG-4321
    • Kim, Y., Florio, S., Wang, Q. (2022). "A Novel Performance-Based Evaluation Method of Built-up Wide-Flange Steel Columns Subjected to Close-Range Detonations." 
      Engineering Journal, 59(4), p.p. 275-312. AISC. https://www.aisc.org/publications/engineering-journal/#28227
    • Wang, Q., Kim, Y., Nafash, J., Catala, J. (2020). “An Adaptive Augmented Radial Basis Function–High-Dimensional Model Representation Method for Structural Engineering Optimization.”, Advances in Structural Engineering. 23(15), p.p. 3278-3294. Sage Publishing. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1369433220931217
    • Kim, Y., Peköz, T. (2019). “Flexural Strength of Aluminum Members with Tapered Thickness Component Elements.” Thin-Walled Structures. 135 (2019), p.p. 507-520. Elsevier.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2018.10.007
    • 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. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2018.01.029
    • Kim, Y., Peköz, T. (2010). “Ultimate Flexural Strength of Aluminum Sections.” Thin-Walled Structures. 48 (2010) p.p. 857-865. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2010.04.007
    • 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. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0263-8231(02)00087-3

    Conference Publications/Presentations

    • Kim, Y., Wang, Q. (2022). “Strength evaluation of steel columns significantly deformed due to manmade or natural disasters.” Proceedings of the Annual Stability Conference. March 22-25, 2022, Denver, CO, Structural Stability Research Council. https://cloud.aisc.org/SSRC/2022/Kim_Wang_SSRC_2022_submitted.pdf
    • Kim, Y., Rooney, J. (2020). “Stability of steel columns subjected to near-field detonations.” Proceedings of the Annual Stability Conference. April 22-24, 2020, Atlanta, GA, Structural Stability Research Council. https://cloud.aisc.org/SSRC/2020/20KimandRooneySSRC2020.pdf
    • Wang, Q., Schmotzer, L., Kim, Y. (2020). “An adaptive RBF method for design optimization of building structures.” Proceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction (ISEC) Society. The Third European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (EURO MED SEC 03). Limassol, Cyprus, August 3-8, 2020. https://www.isec-society.org/ISEC_PRESS/EURO_MED_SEC_03/pdf/STR-02.pdf
    • 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 Design Task Force and 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)


    • AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction); since Oct. 2016
    • SSRC (Structural Stability Research Council); since Dec. 2021
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants


    • Engineering for One Planet Mini-Grant Program (EOP-MGP) by American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE): “A Systematic Approach for Magnifying Sustainability in Civil and Environmental Engineering Curriculum.” PI: Dr. Qian Wang; co-PIs: Drs. Mahbub Choudhury, Mohab El-Hakim, Medya Fathi, Daniel Hochstein, Evangelia Ieronymaki, Yongwook Kim, Shahriar Quayyum. 2023 – 2024.

    • Region II, University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) Grant: "Approach to Blast Resistant Design of Aging Transportation Structures with Little or No Stand-Off Distance." PI: Dr. Yongwook Kim; co-PI: Dr. Qian Wang. 2016 - 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.