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Minki Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Fluid and Thermal Sciences, School of Engineering

Brown University

Engineering Research Center

345 Brook St, Providence, RI 02912
Email: minki_kim at brown dot edu


Research Interest

  • My research aims to tackle sustainability challenges through fluid dynamics. By leveraging my expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics and High-Performance Computing, I aim to explore diverse research domains, including Arctic Ocean research, cultivated meat production, and cavitation phenomena.


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Fluid and Thermal SciencesBrown University, 02/2022 – Present

    • I am currently developing an ocean eddy identification tool for the Arctic Ocean, leveraging sea ice-ocean simulations, sea ice observations, and data assimilation methods (PI: Professor Monica Wilhelmus).

    • I also continue to study multiphase flow modeling to design rocking bioreactors for cultivated meat and to understand oxygen transport during air-water mixing (PI: Professor Daniel Harris & Radu Cimpeanu).



I have worked on Multi-Phase Flows (Bubbles, Cavitation), Ocean Turbulence (Meso- and submeso-scale Eddies), Sea Ice Dynamics (Arctic), Computational Fluid Dynamics (Diffuse-Interface Method, Boundary Integral Method, Spectral method, Volume of Fluid Method-Basilisk), Compressible Flows (Shock/Acoustic Wave), and Soft Matter (Viscoelastic Material).

In preparation (manuscript available upon request):

  • Energy concentration and release during the inertial collapse of a spherical gas cavity in a liquid (Youtube link) (Physical Review Fluids, in review)

       ​ Minki Kim, Shahaboddin Beig, Eric Johnsen ​

  • Summer sea ice velocity via remote sensing: temporal and spatial scaling effects (Annals of Glaciology, in review)

       ​ Daniel Watkins, Ellen Buckley, Minki Kim, Monica M. Wilhelmus

  • Kinematics of sea ice over the meso- and submeso-scale oceanic eddies (will be submitted to the Journal of Fluid Mechanics)

       ​ Minki Kim, Georgy Manucharyan, Monica M. Wilhelmus

  • Characterizing the performance of a rocking bioreactor for efficient mixing and oxygen transfer (will be submitted to International Journal of Multiphase Flows)

       ​ Minki Kim, Radu Cimpeanu, Daniel M. Harris

  • Energy budgets in the growth and collapse of an acoustically generated bubble (will be submitted to Physical Review Fluids)

       ​ Minki Kim, Radu Cimpeanu, Daniel M. Harris​​​​

        Minki Kim, Massoud Kaviany

        International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2018)

        Minki Kim, Massoud Kaviany

        International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2017)

        Minki Kim, Jun Ho Lee, Hyungmin Park

        Experiments in Fluids (2016)

For high-performance computing, I submitted proposals as a Co-PI.

  • Numerical Simulations of Shock Waves, Interfacial Instabilities, & Compressible Turbulence

        Eric Johnsen, Minki Kim, Michael Wadas (2019)

        Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) awards for TACC

  • Inertial Collapse of Individual Bubbles near Solid/Free Boundaries (highlighted)

        Eric Johnsen, Shahaboddin Alahyari Beig, Mauro Rodriguez, Minki Kim (2019)

        Great Lakes Consortium for Pentascale Computation (GLCPC) awards for Blue Waters


I also contributed to creating new data/algorithms:

        Simon Hatcher, Ashfaq Ahmed, Minki Kim, Monica M. Wilhelmus (2022)

For computing and numerical simulations, I have been using Parallel Computing (MPI), C++, ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, and Surface Evolver. For experiments, I used Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Ultrasound Lithotripsy, 3D Printing, Solidworks, and other Flow Visualization Techniques. For post-processing, I like to use Tecplot, MATLAB, and Adobe Illustrator.

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships


Academics​ & Activities


Teaching & Mentoring

  • Brown U. Guest Instructor for ENGN 2820 Graduate-level Fluid Mechanics (Spring 2023)

  • Brown U. Mentor for Undergraduate Research of Benjamin Newcomb (2022–2023) and Simon Hatcher (2022)

  • U. Michigan, Tutor for MECHENG 320 (Fluid Mechanics I), Evan Sobetski, Michael Cao, and Shungo Okubo, Fall 2019 – Summer 2020.

  • U. Michigan, Mentor for UROP, Undergraduate Research of Yuenong Ling and Alejandro Cruz, Summer 2020 & Summer 2021.

  • U. Michigan, Graduate Student Instructor for MECHENG 320 (Fluid Mechanics I), Winter 2018.

Other Experiences

  • Organizer of a social event for polar early career scientists and educators, 02/2024.

  • Mentor of Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee mentoring program, 09/2023 – Present.

  • Mentor of AGU College of Fellows Mentoring Network, 01/2023 – Present.

  • Instructor for Girls Get Math Program, ICERM, Brown U., 08/2023.

  • Mentor of APS DFD Peer-Mentoring program, 11/2022, 11/2023.

  • Vice President and Interim President of Scientific Computing Student Club in U.Michigan, 01/2019 – 12/2021

  • Student Vice President of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 39 in U. Michigan, 09/2020 – 05/2021.

  • Graduate Mentor in ME at U. Michigan, 05 – 09/2017, 09/2019 – 02/2020.

  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 03/2019 – 12/2021.

  • Chair of SNU-UM Mechanical Engineering Alumnae, 09/2018 – 08/2019.

  • Volunteer of Qualifying Exam practice session in ME at U. Michigan, 10/2018.

  • Mentor of Student Mentoring Program in Seoul National U., 09/2014 – 06/2015.

  • Oboist of Amateur Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul National U., 03/2009 – 04/2011.

  • Chair & Executive of Catholic Student Association in Seoul National U., 03/2009 – 12/2015.

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