Characterization and modeling of deformation and failure mechanisms in irradiated materials; constitutive equations for localized deformation with irradiation hardening or softening; high temperature mechanical properties of metallic materials (irradiation effects in refractory metals for fusion and fission applications); characterization of mechanical properties of silicon carbide, graphite, and other ceramic materials for nuclear applications; small specimen test techniques and non-destructive mechanical property evaluation (indentation testing).
- Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering (Nuclear Materials), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 1992
- M.S., Nuclear Engineering (Nuclear Materials), KAIST, 1988
- B.S., Nuclear Engineering, Hanyang University in Seoul, 1986
Scholarships and Awards:
- Best Paper Award, Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division, The American Ceramic Society, 2007.
- ANS 2004 Literary Award, Materials Science and Technology Division, American Nuclear Society, 2006.
- Government scholarship in KAIST, 1988 – 1992 (Ph.D)
- Government scholarship in KAIST, 1986 – 1988 (M.S.)
- Baek-Nam (the founder of Hanyang Univ.) scholarship, 1982 – 1986 (B.S.)
- January, 2005 – Present, R&D Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- February, 1999 – January, 2005, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (as a Research Assistant Professor of the University of Tennessee)
- March, 1992 – December, 1998, Senior Researcher, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
- January – March, 1996, Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- May – November, 1993, Visiting Scientist at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratory