Choi Elected President Of International Engineering Society

Friday, June 1, 2007

Kyung K. Choi, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has been elected president of the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO).

Founded in 1991, the organization unites some 500 researchers and practitioners from 35 countries to advance the field of structural and multidisciplinary optimization. An ISSMO founding member and longtime member of the executive committee, Choi was elected during the organization's World Congress held May 21-25 in Seoul, South Korea.

His current research areas include design sensitivity analysis, reliability-based and possibility-based design optimization, robust design optimization, and mechanical systems analysis. He is also actively involved in durability and reliability development in new U.S. Army vehicles designed for rapid deployability, high mobility and sustainability. His research also involves reduction of high frequency noise in vehicles, and he has research interests in the fields of low frequency design sensitivity analysis and optimization research, which are used by Ford Motor Company for vehicle body design.

Choi earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Yonsei University, Korea, in 1970, and his master's degree in mechanical engineering and doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1977 and 1980, respectively. His awards include the UI Faculty Scholar Award (1987), Regents Award for Faculty Excellence (2003), College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Research (2003), and two ASME Best Paper Awards (2001 & 2003). He has co-authored three books and 235 papers, including 114 articles in leading engineering journals.

A founding member of the UI Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), he served as CCAD's associate director (1990-93), deputy director (1993-95) and director (1995-2003). He is associate editor of five national and international journals. Choi is a Fellow of the ASME and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2006, he received the Design Division Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the highest award given by the Design Automation Committee.