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Sangtae Kim
Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor
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Sangtae (Sang) Kim is the inaugural Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue. Dr. Kim's recent experiences span senior executive positions in government and industry (2004 founding director of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure programs; VP-level positions heading R&D IT at Eli Lilly and Warner-Lambert, 1997-2003). Dr. Kim started his career as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he engaged in mathematical and computational methods for microhydrodynamics (now commonly known as microfluidics). His research insights into hydrodynamic steering played an influential role in 1994-95 in the development of fluidic self assembly (FSA), the process employed today for mass production of ultra low-cost RFID (radio frequency identification) tags. Dr. Kim is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers. His research citations include the 1993 Allan P. Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the 1992 Award for Initiatives in Research from the National Academy of Sciences and a Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF in 1985. His 1991 treatise, Microhydrodynamics, is considered the Dover reprint classic in that field. A native of Seoul, but a product of the "K-11" public schools of Montreal, Dr. Kim received concurrent BSc and MSc degrees (1979) from Caltech and a PhD (1983) from Princeton.

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