111 Malone Hall
Research Areas Mechanical behaviors of coupled material systems and devices with novel properties based on inspiration from nature with applications including defense, healthcare, environment, and energy rational design followed by rapid prototyping using a 3D printer designing experimental model systems and/or using computational models to identify key design parameters of systems to make desired structures and properties by tailoring behaviors of systems.

Sung Hoon Kang is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Kang is affiliated with Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI),  Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT), The Johns Hopkins Center for Additive Manufacturing and Architected Materials (JAM2), and the Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI).

Kang has been investigating solutions to address current challenges in engineering materials, structures and devices with applications including resiliency, sensing, energy, and health care. In particular, he investigates synthesis and manufacturing of materials and structures with novel properties based on principles of mechanics and physics and tools such as numerical modeling, 3D printing, 3D structural/material/mechanical characterizations, and in vitro/in vivo testing.

His research has been supported by AFOSR, NSF, NIH, ARO, ONR, State of Maryland, and private foundations. Throughout his career, Sung Hoon has co-authored 57 papers, has given ~170 presentations (including ~100 invited talks), and has six patents and five pending patents.

His honors include the 2022 Hanwha Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship for 2020 and 2021, the 2020 Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award, the 2019 Johns Hopkins University WSE Research Lab Excellence Award, invitee for 2019 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, FY 2018 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, invitee for 2016 National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and the 2011 Materials Research Society Graduate Students Gold Award.

He served as an editorial board member of Scientific Reports and a guest editor of Materials Research Society Bulletin. Currently, he serves as an editorial board member of Multifunctional Materials and Sensors. He has been co-organizing ~35 symposia on bioinspired materials, 3D printing, and mechanical metamaterials at international conferences. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Physical Society (APS), and Society of Engineering Science (SES). He served as the chair, vice chair, secretary, and editor of ASME Technical Committee on Mechanics of Soft Materials.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University in 2000 and a master’s 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.