The establishment of the Brain Korea 21 program, systematic management of ERC and intensive research activities in 23 laboratories has instigated the continuous increase in SCI-listed publications and in R&D funds, ultimately nurturing creative executive minds.
- Intelligent Design and Manufacturing
- Design theory and optimization, computer aided design, human-oriented product design, automatic manufacturing systems and processes, precision engineering.
- Energy and Environment
- Engines, combustion, power generation, energy conversion system, fuel cells, thermodynamics, spray, air conditioning, computational fluid mechanics.
- Micro/Nano/Bio Systems
- MEMS, nano engineering, bio engineering on the basis of physical understanding in micro/nano-scale.
- Mechatronics and Control
- Flexible, multi-technological engineering in the integration of mechanical engineering, computer engineering, electronics, and information sciences
- Advanced Materials and Mechanics
- Mechanical properties of advanced materials, nonlinear behavior of polymeric materials, nonlinear deformation and fracture of materials, computational mechanics.
Brain Korea21 is a project that produces 'next generation leaders with creativity' by supporting graduate students and Post-graduate researchers supported by Korea Research Foundation from 2006 to 2012. More than 70~80% of KUME BK21 budget is allocated to graduate school students and postgraduate researchers in the form of direct financial assistance and 70% of present graduate students in KUME benefit from BK 21 Research Scholarship. In addition, thorough KUME BK21 program, over 50 graduate students have participated in international conferences every year and two renowned foreign scholars have been invited every summer for the international summer graduate courses.
- Human-Oriented Product Innovation Research Center
- The Human-Oriented Product Innovation Research Center (HPRC), an Engineering Research Center (ERC) supported by the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology and the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, was established in 2007 with the aim of developing a systematic, human-oriented, product design methodology based on the digital models of both humans and products. HPRC develops an approach to reduce cost and time by replacing repeated trial-and-error experiments with numerical and haptic simulations between human and product models. This human-oriented product design framework is expected to have applications in wide areas such as consumer and personal IT products, healthcare and medical devices, sports equipment, technology for the elderly, automobiles, aerospace and military applications.
- Intelligent Robotics Research Institute
- Intelligent Robotics Technology is a sophisticated and highly valued technology combining machines, electronics, computers, controls, intelligence and diverse areas of technology. With Intelligent Robotics Technology selected as one of the major high-tech future businesses of the world in the 21st century, Korea is also investing heavily in this field. Research based on intelligent robots design and control, and haptic systems (concerning safe robot arms collaborating with humans, in/outdoor self-control maneuvering technology and field/ security robots) is currently being implemented and transferred to related corporations.
- Basic Atomic Energy Research Institute
- Due to the high price of oil and global warming, the nuclear power has become increasingly attractive and viable as a sustainable energy source to reach UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) targets. Public mistrust of nuclear power, spanning three decades, in other advanced nations has hampered development in this field. However, in Korea, nuclear power plants have been regularly constructed and now fulfill nearly half of its total electricity needs. Basic Atomic Energy Research Institute (BAERI) at KUME supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was established in 2005 for collaboration research between schools and industries.
To develop and verify the existing design rules of high temperature nuclear equipment, BAERI is presently working on designing reliable methodology concerning creep and creep-fatigue damage in structures. Furthermore, it is proposing reliability evaluation systems concerning the effects of creep-fatigue resistance on the environment.
- Next-Generation Institute of Advanced Machinery & Design
- The institute aims to enhance the global competitiveness of the mechanical engineering that plays a fundamental role in the fields of development of advanced machinery and design, nurture highly valued human resources, perform research collaboration with industry-academy cooperation, and instigate practical knowledge development in designs for undergraduates and graduates. The Next-Generation Institute of Advanced Machinery and Design administers the new technology education center and supports the machine design practical education for undergraduate/graduate.
- Journal Publications
- Active research by the professors and graduate students of KUME have led to publications in major engineering journals and the worldly citation index are also increasing due to its originality and importance in the corresponding fields of studies.
- R&D Funding
- Mechanical Engineering is the backbone of modern industry and is a field that should be studied continuously for the development of future industry. Research funds per KUME professor have increased from US$100,000 in 2003 to US$250,000 in 2007. The KUME’s research projects are primarily funded by the Korea Research Foundation, the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, governmental agencies, and the many industries including LG, Doosan, Hyundai, Samsung, GM, etc. In this dynamic environment our students find themselves inundated with job offers and exciting career opportunities throughout Korea, as well as worldwide.