Sun Woo Kim

Sun -Woo Kim
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • (907) 474-6096
  • Duckering 323

Background and Research Interests

Renewable Energy, Thermal System Management, Enhancement in Heat Transfer, Phase-Change Heat Transfer, Cooling Technology for Roadways on Permafrost, Metal Hydrides and its Applications to Thermal Systems, Hydrogen Compression and Storage, Constructal Theory


  • ES 301: Engineering Analysis
  • ES 346: Basic Thermodynamics
  • ME 415: Thermal Systems Laboratory
  • ME 441: Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ME 486: Senior Design
  • ME 487: Senior Project
  • ME 617: Power Analysis


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, 2008
  • M.S. in Automotive Engineering, Hanyang University, Korea, 2005
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, Korea, 2000

Selected Publications

S. Lee, H. Yoon, K. Kim, S. Kim, M. Kennedy, B. Zhang “A Dropwise Condensation Model, Nano-Scale Pin Structured Surface, “International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 60, pp 664-671, 2013.

J-W Jeong, S. Kim, O. Solgaard, “Split-Frame Gimbaled 2-D MEMS Scanner For Miniature Dual-Axis Confocal Microendoscopes Fabricated by Frontside-only Processing,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 21(2), pp 308-315, 2012.       

S. Kim, K Kim, “Dropwise Condensation Model Suitable for Superhydrophobic Surfaces,” Journal of Heat Transfer, DOI: 10.1115/1.4003742, Vol. 133, (8), 2011.

Y. Wang, F. Yang, X. Meng, Q. Guo, Z. Zhang, I.-S. Park, S. Kim, K Kim, “Simulation Study on the Reaction Process Based Single Stage Metal Hydride Thermal Compressor,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 35, pp 321-328, 2010.

S. Kim, S. Lorente, A. Bejan, “Transient Behavior of Vascularized Walls Exposed to Sudden Heating,” International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Vol. 48, pp 2046-2052, 2009.

S. Kim, S. Lorente, A. Bejan, “Dendritic Vascularization for Countering Intense Heating from the Side,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 51, pp 5877-5886, 2008.

S. Kim, S. Lorente, A. Bejan, W. Miller, J. Morse, “The Emergence of Vascular Design in Three-Dimensions,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 103, 123511, 2008.