Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115


SungKu Kang is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering external link at Northeastern University external link where his research interest lies in the integration of domain knowledge and artificial intelligence for design automation. Prior to joining the Automation for the Built and Living Environment Laboratory (ABLE) Laboratory, he worked with Dr. Ran Jin as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Data Science and Visualization (DSV) Laboratory at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he explored the extraction and utilization of domain-specific rules for design exploration. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University in 2012, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Debasish Dutta. In his spare time, he likes cooking with his wife.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 2012

Research Experience

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering - Data Science and Visualization Laboratory, Postdoctoral Research Associate (2018-2020)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering - Product Lifecycle Management Laboratory, Graduate Research Assistant (2012-2017)
  • General Electric Global Research Center - Model-based Manufacturing Laboratory, Graduate Research Internship (Summer 2015)
  • Seoul National University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Biorobotics Laboratory, Undergraduate Research Internship (Spring 2012)


  • Northeastern University Experiential AI Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020-2022)
  • 3rd prize, Enova Hackathon, (Oct 2012)
  • Best Undergraduate Thesis Presentation Award, SNU Mech. and Aerosp. Eng. (Nov 2011)
  • Gold Prize, Electrical Exhibition Competition, SNU Elect. Eng. (Nov 2008)
  • 2nd place, Best Research Award, Undergraduate Independent Study, SNU Faculty of Liberal Educ. (Mar 2008)
  • Best Presentation Award, Global Leadership Program, SNU Eng. and Lang. Educ. Inst. (Feb 2007)
  • National Science & Technology Scholarship, Korea Sci. and Eng. Found. (KOSEF) (2006 - 2012)
  • ’06 Career Development Scholarship, by College of Eng., SNU. (Spring 2006)

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