The department of electrical and computer engineering warmly welcomes two new faculty members
Dr. Hongyu Wu and Dr. Jungkwun Kim joined the department in the fall of 2016, and will greatly enhance ECE's research in the areas of power systems and microdevices.
Assistant professor Hongyu Wu was a research engineer in the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado before joining K-State. He collaborated closely with universities, national laboratories, governmental agencies and private companies in the power and energy sector to optimize strategies for effectively interconnecting renewable resources and emerging energy efficiency technologies in the electric power system. His research interests at K-State will focus on modeling and optimization of power systems, renewable energy integration, demand side management, electric vehicles to grids, distribution system planning and operations, electricity market analysis and risk management, and home energy management systems.
Assistant professor Jungkwun Kim was a post-doctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2011-13 and research faculty at the University of Pennsylvania before joining K-State. He designed microdevices as well as developed the fabrication process for microsensors and probes, energy storage devices, and magnetic passive components for RF/power chips. His research at K-State will offer many exciting opportunities for student involvement and faculty collaborations. One of his research interests includes a cost-effective fabrication process. By minimizing the use of cleanroom equipment, the time and the cost of fabrication processes can be significantly reduced. UV-LED lithography, as an example, is a versatile nano/microfabrication method as a fundamental nano/microfabrication tool, and is simple and accessible to students.