Sung Hoon Kang is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, a fellow at Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), and an associate researcher at Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT). He is known for using bio-inspired solutions to address challenges in synthetic materials and mechanical systems with applications in protection, healthcare, and energy.
Kang studies how to control a material’s structure and properties at the nano/micro/macro level in order to develop next-generation materials and mechanical systems. His lab is working on a range of research, including a project to identify synthetic pathways for making multifunctional materials with self-adaptable mechanical properties and self-regeneration, which has potential applications to the design and manufacture of new aerospace and biomaterials. His team is also working on 3D printed, self-adaptable cardiovascular devices for infants with congenital heart defects, ultimately in hopes of creating an implant that can adapt and grow with the child, thus reducing the number of open-heart surgeries and complications for young patients.
Kang designs experimental model systems based on a rational design using computer simulations, followed by rapid prototyping using advanced fabrication approaches including 3D printing, which enables the speedy fabrication of scale models. By designing experimental model systems and/or using computational models, he can identify important parameters of a system and work to tailor that system’s behaviors by creating desired structures and properties. Kang’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research.
He is the recipient of the Whiting School of Engineering Lab Excellence Award (2019), an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award (2017), and has been an invitee of the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2019 and 2016). He has also received a number of fellowships, including the National Science Foundation Fellowship for Summer Institute on Additive Manufacturing and an Early Career Development Workshop Fellowship from the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association.
Kang’s research has been published in more than 36 peer-reviewed journal papers. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, the Society of Engineering Science, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where he serves as vice-chair of the Technical Committee on Mechanics of Soft Materials and will serve as chair in 2020.
He earned his B. degree at Seoul National University in 2000 and an SM degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. He received a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2012. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2015, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.