Harrison Kim is an award-winning educator, researcher, and designer in systems design engineering, analytics, and energy and environmental sustainability. He is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the Co-Director of the Hoeft Techonology and Management (T&M) program. He also holds appointments with the Beckman Institute, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and the Computational Science and Engineering Program at the University of Illinois.

Prof. Kim’s research ($15M to date 2022) focuses on a variety of areas of systems design engineering - energy systems engineering; AI-based sustainable product design; environmental life cycle analysis and costing; renewable energy and vehicle electrification; multidisciplinary, multilevel optimization; green product portfolio design. 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), US Department of Energy (DOE), DOE REMADE Institute, Sandia National Labs (SNL), Caterpillar Inc., Deere and Co., National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Brunswick, and Hyundai Motor Company.

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, Franklin Sharp Teaching Award, 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 received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan in 2001 in the area of Design Engineering 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 (NAE Member) 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.

Areas of Interest

Professor Kim's research interests are in a variety of areas of design engineering and optimization utilizing mathematical programming, simulation, data mining, and informatics. Particularly his research has been concerned with (1) complex engineering system design and optimization, (2) data-driven product portfolio design, and (3) energy systems engineering. His research approach is based on mathematical programming and optimization including his original contribution to the analytical target cascading. He publishes actively in research societies -- ASME, AIAA, Design Society. He teaches systems related courses - Optimal System Design (Product Design and Development), Design for Six Sigma, Mechanism Design, Senior Capstone Project Design, and Hoeft T&M Capstone Course.

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Office: 315 Transportation Building
Mailing Address:
117 Transportation Building MC-238
104 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana IL 61801
Phone: (217) 265-9437
Email: hmkim at

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