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Professor Dave Kim, Ph.D.

Professor Kim has been teaching courses related to materials science, manufacturing processes, manufacturing systems, and mechanical behaviors of engineering materials.

Professor Kim is an active researcher. During Dr. Kim’s tenure at WSU Vancouver, he has obtained over 2 million dollars in support from federal and state agencies, industries, and national/international non-profit organizations. He published over 130 refereed journal and conference papers with over 2000 cumulative citations.

Dr. Kim’s research contributions have been in both technical and pedagogical research.

Within the materials and manufacturing community, his work has focused on acquiring scientific understanding of manufacturing processes for advanced engineering materials and their structural performance enhancement. Specifically,

● Manufacturing process development of advanced composite materials.
● Modeling and experimental validation of structural integrity for transportation system structures and their joints.

He authored 58 refereed journal and 41 refereed conference articles published in prestigious venues such as Composites Science and Technology, Wear, Composites A, and ASME Transactions. I am a leader on the research frontier of carbon fiber reinforced plastic composites (CFRP)/titanium alloy (Ti) stack drilling and aircraft structure interference-fit joining. His leading-edge research program in hybrid composite manufacturing has earned a national/international reputation in the field of advanced manufacturing research. He was able to attract technical research funding from ten different organizations. His research efforts have been recognized internationally through an invited keynote speaker for two international venues, the best paper award from an international journal, and the Young Researcher Award at an international conference.

Within the engineering education community, his research efforts have focused on pedagogical research on engineering undergraduates’ writing and writing pedagogies for engineering instructors. Specifically,

● Improving undergraduate engineering students’ lab report writing through enhancing writing transfer from their lower-division general education writing courses.
● Developing engineering lab report writing pedagogies addressing audience awareness to transform faculty and teaching assistants’ writing pedagogies.

He authored 4 refereed journal published/ accepted, and 30 refereed conference articles published, mostly in the venues from ASEE and IEEE. My research program on writing pedagogies has been well recognized by many scholars, resulting in four competitive research grants, including significant NSF IUSE Phase 1 (the Exploration and Design phase) and Phase 2 (the Development and Implementation Level 1 phase) grants. In 2019, his research team received the best paper award from the ASEE Division of Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies.


● Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, 8/04 – 7/09; 8/09 – 8/20; 8/20 – present.
● Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, 8/12 – present.
● Affiliate Faculty, NSF I/UCRC Advanced Cutting Tool Technology Center at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1/09 – 5/17.
● Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering – Manufacturing Engineering Program, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, 8/03 – 8/04.
● Manufacturing Curriculum Consultant, Puget Sound Consortium for Manufacturing Excellence (NSF-ATE), Seattle, WA, 1/02 – 7/03.
● Part-Time Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 6/02 – 8/02.
● Part-Time Instructor, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA, 1/01 – 3/01.

● Engineering Consultant – Logitech, Vancouver, WA; Consulting Mechanical Engineer – Anubis, Inc., Seattle, WA; Mechanical Engineer – Jung-An Machinery, Inc., Seoul, Korea.

● PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, December 2002.
● MSME/BSME, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea, August 1998/February 1995.

● Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence, Washington State University Vancouver, 2021. This award is the universtiy’s highest research honor given annually to one WSU Vancouver faculty member whose research quality and quantity are exemplary.
● Best Paper Award of the ASEE Division of Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, 2019.
● Best Paper Award of the Year 2017, International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, “Development of paint area estimation software for ship compartments and structures,” 2017.
● Keynote speaker – “Machinability of Aerospace Composite Material Systems,” The International Forum on Advanced Material Machining Systems, December 12, 2015, Seoul, Korea. This forum, sponsored by the Korean government, hosts internationally known scholars to exchange state-of-the-art technologies on machining of advanced composites.
● Young Researcher Award, The International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2014), 2014.
● Keynote speaker – “Joining Technologies for Light Weight Automotive Structures,” The International Green Car Symposium and Mini-Exposition, December 8-10, 2010, Busan/Ulsan, Korea. This symposium and expo aims to bridge the gap between automotive manufacturers and global research leaders in developing next-generation environmental-friendly automobiles.
● Leadership Award, for Division Chair, Manufacturing Division, American Society for Engineering Education, 2009.
● NSF Fellowship, NSF Summer Institute on Nanomechanics, Nanomaterials and Micro/Nanomanufacturing, 2008.
● Honorable Mention in Best Paper Award (3rd place), Mechanical Engineering Division, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX, 2009.
● The Educator of the Year Award, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Portland Chapter, 2007.
● SME International Presidents Award, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Portland Chapter, 2006.


  • Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation/Fatigue Technology, a PCC Co., Seattle, WA, “Advanced Friction Model Development Supporting of the Next-Generation DigitalEx Puller System,” PI, $98,992, 2021-2022.
  • NSF, “Collaborative Research: Bridging the Writing Transfer Gap in Early Engineering Laboratory Courses,” lead-PI, $424,620 (Total of $599,866 with Oregon Institute of Technology and University of Portland), 2019-2022.
  • Crescent Custom Yachts, Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Investigation of mechanical properties for the vacuum infusion and hybrid processed glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) composites,” PI, $12,743, 2019-2020.
  • Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation/Fatigue Technology, a PCC Co., Seattle, WA, “Fatigue Simulation Technologies of Split-sleeve Cold Expanded Aircraft Holes for Development of the New-generation Instrumented Puller System with Advanced Process Monitoring,” PI, $85,274, 2019-2020.
  • Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Cheon-an, Korea, “Machine Learning of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Machining Processes for Real-Time Monitoring and Validation,” PI, $50,000, 2019-2020.
  • Fatigue Technology, a PCC Co., Seattle, WA, “XFEM Simulation of Crack Propagations in Rail Road Holes,” PI, $12,000, 2019-2020.
  • Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Grant, “Audience-centered Writing Pedagogy for Lab Course Teaching Assistants to Foster Engineering Undergraduates’ Learning,” PI, $6,000, 2018-2019.
  • Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Cheon-an, Korea, “Analysis of machining industries and technologies on carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites (CFRP) and CFRP/metal stacks,” PI, $16,500, 2018-2019.
  • NSF, “Crossing the Threshold by Supporting Writing Transfer as Engaged Learning in Introductory Engineering Laboratories,” PI, $249,613, 2015-2018.
  • National Council of Teachers of English, “Applying Threshold Concepts for Understanding Vertical Transfer from College into the Professions: A Transfer-Based Study of Early-Career Engineers’ Writing Practices,” Co-PI (PI: Wendy Olson – WSU Vancouver), $9,884, 2016-2017.
  • Boeing Co. – the Advanced Cutting Technology Consortium (Michigan State University), “Understanding Tool Wear Mechanisms of Advanced Coating Materials in Drilling Composite/Titanium Stacks,” PI, $22,000, 2014-2017.
  • NSF, “NSF Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing for Smart Goods, Vancouver, Washington; May 19-20, 2015,” Co-PI (PI: Brian K. Paul – Oregon State University), $33,401, 2015.
  • City of Portland – Portland Regional Clean Technology Alliance Initiative/Christensen Shipyard LLC, Vancouver, WA, “Development of an Intelligent Resin Delivery System for Manufacturing Composite Yachts and Wind Turbine Blades,” Co-PI (PI: Hakan Gurocak – WSU Vancouver), $75,000, 2013-2015.
  • Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation/Boeing Co., “Characterization and Mitigation of Drilled Composite Surface Defects in Aircraft Assembly,” PI, $41,634, 2013.
  • Phygen Coatings Inc., Minneapolis, MN. “Phygen Drill Coating Evaluations for Drilling Composite/Titanium Stacks,” PI, $15,057, 2011-2012.
  • Oregon Economic Initiatives, Inc.-US Army Research Lab., “Research and Development of Composite Manufacturing Technology,” PI, $165,000, 2010-2013.
  • Boeing Co. – NSF I/UCRC Advanced Cutting Technology (Michigan State University), “Preliminary Study for the Development of Cutting Tools for Drilling Composite/Titanium Stacks,” PI, $30,000, 2009-2011.
  • Christensen Shipyard LLC, “Mechanical Property Testing of Recreational Composite Yacht Hull Coupons” $40,000, 2008-2014.
  • Fatigue Technology Inc., Seattle, WA “Study on Fatigue Behavior of FTI Cold Expansion Processed Holes,” PI, $37,237, 2007-2008.
  • J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Grant, “Engineering and Computer Science Curricular Reforms: Specializations for a New Era in Technology,” Co-PI (PI: Hakan Gurocak – WSU Vancouver), $240,500, 2006-2008.
  • The Community Foundation: Unrestricted Endowment Fund, “Southwest WA MESA Project: Real-World Math/Science Connections Support for Teachers and Students,” PI, $5,000, 2006-2007.
  • The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation Research Institutive Grant, “Development of New Cold Working Process for Fatigue Life Enhancement of Resistance Spot Welds,” PI, $15,000, 2004-2005.
  • WSU Vancouver Research Mini-Grants, Washington State University Vancouver,
    • “Studying writing transfer across the disciplines: mapping and supporting the transfer processes of engineering undergraduates across English, physics, and engineering,” Co-PI (PI: Wendy Olson – WSU Vancouver), $5,000, 2015-2016.
    • “Development of Segmented Composite Wind Turbine Blades,” Co-PI (PI: Steve Solovitz – WSU Vancouver), $4,000, 2014-2015.
    • “An interdisciplinary study on understanding “far transfer” in the writing performance of engineering students,” Co-PI (PI: Wendy Olson – WSU Vancouver), $5,000, 2014-2015.
    • “Micro- or nano- machining of carbon nanotube-based polymer composites,” PI, $3,500, 2004-2005.