Home & Dr. Kim’s Profile

Welcome to SMSD!

We are the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab (SMSD) at Queen’s University, specializing in advanced modeling (FEM) 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.

Research News

Yifan Shi and Yuhao Huang Publication in EO - June 14, 2024

Luke Crispo Publication in SMO - May 28, 2024

Chris Douglas Publication in JEAS - April 16, 2024


Member/Alumni News

Zane Morris Defends Thesis - May 1, 2024

Ben Sinek Defends Thesis - March 11, 2024

Dylan Eisen Defends Thesis - November 27, 2023



McLaughlin Hall, Room 305
Queen's University

Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-3077
Fax: (613) 533-6489                     Email: [email protected]



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.

Research Interests:

  • Automotive design and Aerospace design, including hybrid vehicles and lightweight design.
  • Advanced, multi-physics modeling and analysis, including FEM.
  • 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).


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
  • Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, 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
  • Fellowship, KOSEF (Korea Science and Engineering Foundation), 2002
  • Silver medal, Samsung Electronics International Paper Contest, 2001
  • Fellowship, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), 1998
  • Fellowship, JISTEC (Japan International Science & Technology Exchange Center), 1996