We are the SMSD (Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design) Lab at Queen’s University, specializing in advanced FEM (Finite Element Modeling) and multi-disciplinary design and optimization. Our state-of-the-art research body has extensive experience in developing and publishing novel academic research for automotive, aerospace, and defense driven applications, utilizing analytical and computational optimization techniques to develop new principles and methodologies to solve practical problems with various industrial partners.

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McLaughlin Hall, Room 305
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-3077
Fax: (613) 533-6489 Email: kimiy@queensu.ca

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Professor Il Yong Kim received his Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher and course instructor at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Dr. Kim is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, where he is also the supervisor of the SMSD (Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design) Lab.


Research Interests:

  • Automotive design and Aerospace design, including hybrid vehicles and lightweight design.
  • Advanced, multi-physics modeling and analysis, including FEM (Finite Element Modeling).
  • Multi-disciplinary, multi-objective design and optimization, including multi-disciplinary topology optimization
  • Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) for aerospace, automotive, and defense
  • Advanced manufacturing, including additive manufacturing (3D printing) and metal forming processes.
  • Accurate fatigue analysis; Multi-physics neural network modeling; Machine learning; Prognostics and health monitoring.
  • Composite modeling; Lightweight design and manufacturing using composites, especially CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics).


  • MECH323 Machine Design (on leave for Winter 2021)
  • MECH465 Computer Aided Design
  • MECH924 Finite Element Analysis of Non-Linear Solids

Merits & Awards:

  • Paper Award (First Place), Advances in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AAME), 2019
  • Paper Award (First Place), Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC), 2019
  • Silver Wrench Award, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University, 2017
  • FEAS Excellence in Research Award, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queen’s University, 2016
  • Silver Wrench Award, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University, 2016
  • Paper Award (Top 10), Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME), 2014
  • Paper Award (Second place), Canadian Congress for Applied Mechanics (CANCAM), 2011
  • Nominated for the Steacie Prize, Queen's University, 2011
  • The Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario, 2010
  • Educational excellence and innovation grant for an MIT undergraduate design course "Engineering design and rapid prototyping", MIT, 2003
  • Best paper prize, KAIST, 2002
  • Silver medal, Samsung Electronics International Paper Contest, 2001
  • Fellowship, KOSEF (Korea Science and Engineering Foundation), 2002
  • Fellowship, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), 1998
  • Fellowship, JISTEC (Japan International Science & Technology Exchange Center), 1996

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