Hansung Kim, Ph.D.

Interim Chair of Mechanical and Civil Engineering; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Hansung Kim


Hansung Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. His teaching and research focus on the reliability of solar energy systems and electronic devices.

Research Overview

  • Reliability of solar energy systems and electronic devices
  • Thermo-mechanical analysis (lifetime prediction) considering external loadings, cracks, temperature and humidity using finite element method and molecular dynamics

Do you remember the General Electric slogan “Engineers bring good things to life?” Well, that was exactly what I wanted to do. And I liked the idea that engineers do what they do to help make life better for all of us. I also liked the interdisciplinary work that they did, for example, using mathematics, technology and physics.

Select Publications

Kim, H, Xu, D, John, C, Wu, Y, “Modeling Thermo-Mechanical Stress of CIGS Solar Cells,” IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 9(2). 499-505, 2019.

Kim, H, B. G. Wojkovich, “Effects of Mechanical Damage and Temperature on the Electrical Performance of CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cells”, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 8(5), 1331-1336, 2018.

Kim, H, MD. Tofail, MD. T, John, C, “The Effect of Interface Cracks on the Electrical Performance of Solar Cells”, Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, 70(4), 473-478, 2018.

Hansung Kim


(219) 989-2684


Office Location:

Hammond Campus, PWRS 211C


  • Post Doc – Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Post Doc – Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue West Lafayette
  • Post Doc – Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • MSME – Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • BSME – Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Reliability of Solar Cells and Electronic Devices
  • Multi-Scale Simulations of Bio/Nano/Energy Materials
  • Material Characterization Using AFM and SEM

Curriculum Vitae