Dr. Harrison Kim is an award-winning educator, researcher, and designer in complex systems design and sustainability -- engineering design, manufacturing, analytics, and systems optimization. He is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the director of the Enterprise Systems Optimization Laboratory. He is also affiliated with the Computational Science and Engineering Program and the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Kim’s research focuses on a variety of areas of complex systems design and sustainability. His current research topics are user-centered sustainable product design; energy systems engineering; product design analytics; multi-scale, multidisciplinary optimization; green product portfolio design and manufacturing. Application areas are automotive, consumer electronics, heavy-duty equipment, national security, commercial/military system of systems, and information technology. Research sponsors and collaborators include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sandia National Labs (SNL), Caterpillar Inc., Deere and Co., and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
Dr. Kim has received numerous recognitions including the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, Dean’s Award in Excellence in Research (formerly Xerox Award; Associate Professors with highest research accomplishments for the last five years), Best Paper Award in ASME Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Conference, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in national design competitions (Lincoln Arc Welding Award as a faculty advisor), and news media coverage in the USA Today and the Chicago Tribune.
Harrison Kim earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan in 2001 in the area of Engineering System Design and Optimization in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Panos Papalambros. He joined the University of Illinois in 2005 after postdoctoral training under Prof. Wei Chen at Northwestern University and has been leading the Enterprise Systems Optimization Lab. Prior to joining Illinois, he held positions in research and consulting -- the US Army Automotive Research Center, Northwestern University, and a Business-IT consulting company.
Professor Kim's research interests are in a variety of areas of system design and optimization utilizing mathematical programming, simulation, data mining, and informatics. Particularly his research has been concerned with (1) engineering system design and development, (2) data mining driven product portfolio design, and (3) multilevel multidisciplinary optimization. His research approach is based on mathematical programming and optimization including his original contribution to the analytical target cascading (http://www.targetcascading.com). He publishes actively in research societies -- ASME, AIAA, INCOSE. He teaches systems related courses - Optimal System Design (Product Design and Development), Design for Six Sigma, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Senior Capstone Project Design.
Multi-Scale, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO)
Engineering systems design and optimization
Green, sustainable product design, manufacturing and remanufacturing
Product design analytics, trend-mining design
Renewable, hybrid energy generation system design optimization
Decomposition-based design optimization
Design for environment, life cycle design
Analysis and synthesis for large-scale, complex system design
Analytical Target Cascading (ATC)
Office: 315 Transportation Building
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Urbana IL 61801
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e-mail: hmkim at illinois.edu
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 1995
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 1997
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Spring 17)
Lincoln Arc Welding Award (National Design Competition): Silver Medal (faculty advisor of student group 2014)
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Spring 14)
Lincoln Arc Welding Award (National Design Competition): Bronze Medal (faculty advisor of student group 2013)
J. Franklin Sharp Teaching Award 2013
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Spring 12)
Lincoln Arc Welding Award (National Design Competition): Gold Medal (faculty advisor of student group 2011)
Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising 2011
Lincoln Arc Welding Award (National Design Competition): Gold Medal (faculty advisor of student group 2010)
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Spring 08)
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Fall 07)
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Spring 07)
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Fall 06)
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Spring 06)
Lincoln Arc Welding Award (National Design Competition): Silver Medal (faculty advisor of student group 2005)
Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar 2015, College of Engineering, University of Illinois
Dean's Award in Excellence in Research 2014 (formerly Xerox Award; Associate Professors with highest research accomplishments for the last five years)
Reviewers’ Choice Award, International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2013) – Top 10% among 345 papers accepted.
NSF CAREER Award 2010
Finalist for the best paper award in the triennial Conference on Stochastic Programming, 2010 (as a faculty advisor)
NSF research outcome was selected by the program director as "NSF research highlights" 2010
USA Today noted Kim's research story as USA Today Recounts Top Scientific Stories Of 2009
Chicago Tribune highlighted Kim's research on Dec. 28, 2009 in a story: Illinois assistant professor: Consider cell phones' fate when designing them
Best paper award in 2009 ASME Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle conference
NSF Engineering Design Workshop Series invitation, U of Michigan, Nov 2008, Northwestern U., Apr 2009, Stanford U., Sept. 2009, Northwestern U., Apr 2010
AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee (TC) Member since 2009: One of 40 members in MDO TC, which steers and disseminates intellectual contents related to MDO.
Finalist for the best student paper competition in the 11th AIAA/ISSMO MAO Conference, Sept., 2006 (as a faculty advisor, co-author)
Associate Editor, Transactions of ASME: Journal of Mechanical Design (2013-2016)
Associate Editor, asmejmd.org (2013-2016)
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Engineering Optimization Journal, (2013 - )
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the 12th International Design Conference Design 2012.
Organizer of Design Frontiers Symposium: Crossing Boundaries, Creating Disciplines, May 2011, Ann Arbor, MI.
Co-organizer of 2010 NSF Workshop: Design Methods for Sustainability, August, 2010, Montreal, Canada. The workshop, fully funded by NSF, brought together leaders in sustainability research and practice from academia, industry and government.
Session Chair for 2010 AIAA MAO conference
Session Chair for 2008 AIAA MAO conference
Session Chair for 2008 SDM conference
Review Coordinator, Session Organizer, Session Chair for 2004 -- 2012 ASME IDETC/CIE conferences