Professor Eun Sok Kim was recently appointed Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics, beginning a three-year term running through 2012.
He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982, 1987, and 1990, respectively. He joined the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at USC in Fall 1999. His research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), acoustic and piezoelectric transducers and microfluidic systems. He was previously a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has industrial experience at IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, CA, NCR Corp., San Diego, CA, and Xicor Inc., Milpitas, CA.
Prof. Kim is an expert in piezoelectric and acoustic MEMS, having published about 160 refereed papers and 8 issued patents in the field. He serves on the editorial board for Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering and as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. He has been awarded a Research Initiation Award (FY 91-93) and a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (FY 95-99) by the National Science Foundation. He received Outstanding EE Faculty of the Year Award (voted by UH IEEE student chapter) in May 1996 and the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 2006 Best New Application Paper Award.