Jai-Woh Kim, PhD

Title: Program Manager
Company: U.S. Department of Energy
Location: Haymarket, Virginia, United States

Jai-Woh Kim, PhD, Program Manager at U.S. Department of Energy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemical engineering.

Dr. Kim had always been interested in studying the global need for energy and he has since dedicated his more than 30-year career to figuring out how to provide energy at a cheaper cost while also addressing environmental concerns. Since 2016, Dr. Kim has notably served as a program manager of advanced energy systems for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy in Germantown, Maryland. He is renowned for discovering several patents on fuel cells and was awarded a royalty payment of $16,380 from the University of Utah through technology development. In addition to these achievements, Dr. Kim was the recipient of the Yonsei Honor Prize in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. The scientist attributes his grand success to a passion for his work and dedicating himself to his research topics in improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions.

Dr. Kim commenced his career as a research assistant at Yonsei University, the University of Delaware and the University of Utah between 1986 and 1995. He spent one year as a research scientist at Materials & Systems Research, Inc. before serving as a senior research scientist and engineer at United Technologies Research Center until 2004. Between 2004 and 2006, he gained experience as a senior science fellow of Edison Technology Center, leading Dr. Kim to accept the role of director of the American Science and Technology in Chicago in 2006 and senior research scientist at Transmediair in 2007. For five years, Dr. Kim served as a principal engineer at Covanta Energy until 2013 and was senior manager of research and development at Trex Company from 2014 to 2016. Prior to spearheading his professional career, Dr. Kim received a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in 1986 and a Master of Science in 1988, both in chemical engineering from Yonsei University in South Korea. He went on to earn a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1993 and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical and fuel engineering from the University of Utah in 1995. Between 1995 and 1998, he was a postdoctoral research fellow within the University of Utah’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

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