Kim Research Group

"MicroSystems in Moving Fluids"

Toward Scientific Challenges and Engineering Solutions

imageHanseup Kim
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
USTAR Professor, University of Utah
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor, BioEngineering

Prof. Kim is a recipient of the
  -NSF Early Faculty CAREER Award (2012) and  
  -DARPA Young Faculty Award (2011).

He is a member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of 
-Transducers 2015 (;
  -MEMS 2015 (;
  -Hilton Head Workshop 2014 (
  -MEMS 2013 (;
  -PowerMEMS 2012 (;
  -Hilton Head Workshop 2012 (

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
SMBB (USTAR Building), Room 3709
36 South Wasatch Drive
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Phone: (801) 587-9497
FAX: (801) 581-5281

Living in the world with overflowing information, a traditional concept of Ph.D., "I am the expert on this little area," might not hold true anymore.  Although it might not be like the old days when a philosopher was a doctor, lawyer, politician, mathematician, and physicist at the same time, we might be standing at a turning point of academia requiring us to be able to manage and fuse multiple disciplines and create whole new values that were not possible in narrowly-focused "expert" era.  My research philosophy is to continue narrowly-focused pursuit of important scientific challenges, but to create inter-disciplinary engineering solutions, particularly based on micro and nano technology.  

Journal Cover
Booth and Kim (2012)
Inside Front Cover on Lab-on-a-Chip

Exciting Research Environments and Opportunities in Utah

imageDespite quiet buzzes, Utah is indeed in the middle of the Nations' steepest rides in its Enegineering Program.  The USTAR program recently brought the world's most renowned faculty.  We have the largest MEMS/Microsystems Faculty group in any US Universities.  The >$150M USTAR building, that includes the state-of-art Nano Fabrication Cleanroom Facility as well as cell-culture and animal testing laboratories,  houses my research group.  I am truly excited about the wonderful research we can do during the upcoming years!  I hope that you see the sizzling excitements and opportunities in Utah, too!

My group is always looking for passionate candidates for open RA and postdoc positions.  Although I usually try to meet all those great candidates, I typically cannot extend an offer to everyone due to limited funding and time issues.  If you are interested in, please contact me at   

Group News (Recent Two Years)

[2014 July 27] "Permeability analysis of neuroactive drugs through a dynamic microfluidic in vitro blood-brain-barrier model" paper is accepted for Annals for Biomedical Engineering for publication in 2014.
[2014 July 17] Ross successfully defended for his Ph.D. Congratulations on Dr. Booth!!!
[2014 May 31] "An integrated electrostatic peristaltic 18-stage gas micropump with active microvalves" paper is accepted for JMEMS for publication in 2014.
[2014 April 24] "A multiple-channel, multiple-assay platform for characterization of full-range shear stress effects on vascular endotheliaal cells" paper is accepted for Lab-on-Chips for publication in 2014.
[2014 March 7] "A cyclodextrin approach for selective detection of catacholamine hormone mixtures" paper is accepted for Micro and Nano Systems Letter for publication in 2014.
[2014 February 24] Moses Noh (Ph.D. 2yr) has his first conference paper accepted for Hilton Head 2014.
[2013 October 25] Our group has four papers accepted for MEMS 2014.
                                   -Ashraf Bulbul (Ph.D. 1yr): oral presentation
                                   -Ross Booth (Ph.D. 4yr), Mahbub Mahburbur (3yr), Hao-Chieh Hshieh (3yr): poster presentations
[2013 June 21] Ashraf Bubul (Ph.D. 1yr) has his first paper accepted for MicroTAS 2013.
[2013 April 11] Ross Booth (Ph.D. 4yr) has finished his Ph.D. thesis proposal.
[2012 December 28] "Meniscus based pressure sensor" paper is accepted for JMEMS for publication in 2013.
[2012 October 19] Jiyung Son (Ph.D. 2yr) has his paper accepted for MEMS 2013.
[2012 October 19] Mahatasin Azad (Ph.D. 1yr) has his first paper accepted for MEMS 2013.
[2012 August 28] Jiyung Son (Ph.D. 1yr), along with four co-authors, has his paper accepted for PowerMEMS 2012.
[2012 June 21] Jiyung Son (Ph.D. 1yr), along with Hyuntae Kim (MS 2yr), has his first paper accepted for MicroTAS 2012.
[2012 June 21] Ross Booth (Ph.D. 3yr) has his paper accepted for MicroTAS 2012.
[2012 April 24] Ross Booth's accepted paper is featured as one of the cover pages on Lab-on-a-chip.
[2012 February 24] Hao-Chieh Hshieh (Ph.D. 1yr) and Mahbubur Rahman (Ph.D. 1yr) have their first conference paper accepted for Hilton Head 2012.
[2012 February 24] Arhatha Bramhanand (MS 2yr) and Mahbubur Rahman (Ph.D. 1yr) have their conference paper accepted for Hilton Head 2012.
[2012 February 17] Ross Booth (Ph.D. 3yr) has his journal paper accepted for Lab-on-chips.
[2012 January 23] Prof. Kim recieved the NSF CAREER Award 2012.