Sangtae Kim

Sangtae Kim

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088


  • B.Sc. California Institute of Technology, '79
  • M.Sc. California Institute of Technology, '79
  • Ph.D. Princeton, '83

Research Interests

  • Pharmaceutical informatics (bioinformatics, cheminformatics, systems biology)
  • Computational microfluidics and nanofluidics
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) and enabling information technologies

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Awards and Recognitions

  • 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation
  • 1991-1992 Outstanding Instructor in Chemical Engineering, Polygon Engineering Student Council
  • 1992 William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research, National Academy of Sciences
  • 1993 Allan P. Colburn Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 1996 Stanley Corrsin Lecture in Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2001 Induction, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2001 Janice Lumpkin Memorial Lecture, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • 2002 Julian C. Smith Lecture, Cornell University
  • 2002 Britton Chance Distinguished Lecture in Engineering and Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Barnett F. Dodge Lecture, Yale University
  • 2005 Microhydrodynamics: Principles and Selected Applications recognized and selected by the Dover Editorial Board for "enduring value".
  • 2006 Arnie G. Fredrickson Lecture, University of Minnesota.
  • 2007 TV Documentary (30-minute episode), "Cross World People", Arirang Television Network, Korea.
  • 2007 Inaugural Dept. of Chemical Engineering Distinguished Lecture, University of Massachusetts.
  • 2007 Robert L. Pigford Memorial Lecture, University of Delaware.
  • 2010 Honorary Chair Professor, Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
  • Ten Select Publications

    Karrila, S.J., Fuentes, Y.O. and Kim, S. (1989) Parallel Computational Strategies for Hydrodynamic Interactions between Rigid Particles of Arbitrary Shape in a Viscous Fluid, J. Rheology 33, 913-47.

    Kim, S. (1992) A Course in Parallel Computing, Chemical Engineering Education 26, 172-74.

    Brune, D.A. and Kim, S. (1994) Hydrodynamic Steering Effects in Protein Association, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 91, 2930-34. This paper played an influential role in the development of fluidic self assembly process for manufacturing of RFID tags.

    Traenkle, F., Hill, M.D. and Kim, S. (1995) Solving Microstructure Electrostatics on a Proposed Parallel Computer, Computers and Chemical Engineering 19, 743-757.

    Huber, G. and Kim, S. (1996) Weighted-Ensemble Brownian Dynamics Simulations for Protein Association Reactions, Biophysical J. 70, 97-110.

    Rojnuckarin, A., Kim, S. and Subramaniam, S. (1998) Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Protein Folding: Access to Millisecond Time Scales and Beyond, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95, 4288-92.

    Mustakis, I. and Kim, S. (1998) Microhydrodynamics of Sharp Corners and Edges: Traction Singularities, American Inst. Chemical Engineers J. 44, 1469-83.

    Yariv, E., Brenner, H. and Kim, S. (2004) Curvature-Induced Dispersion in Electro-Osmotic Serpentine Flows, SIAM J. Appl. Math. 64, 1099-1124.

    Kim, S. and Karrila, S.J. (2005) Microhydrodynamics: Principles and Selected Applications, Dover Publications (reprint edition of the 1991 Butterworth-Heinemann edition).

    Nandigam, R., Evans, D., Erickson, J., Kim, S. and Sutherland, J. (2008) Predicting the Accuracy of Ligand Overlay Methods with Random Forest Models, J. Chem. Inf. Model. 48, 2386-2394.