Dr. Kim’s (she/her) research program in transportation systems analysis focuses on the operations of multimodal networks, and applications to support resource allocation strategies across long-distance, large-scale systems. She aims to better inform the planning of transportation systems that are more adaptable and resilient to a changing world, collaborating with researchers across disciplines in contexts such as wildfire emergency management, transportation infrastructure decisions under climate change impacts, and integrated analysis of air and ground transportation systems. Dr. Kim received her MS and PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining UBC in March 2021, she was a faculty member at the University of Alberta. Between her MS and PhD studies, she worked in the engineering consulting practice in California and British Columbia.
Transportation systems analysis, multimodal networks, transportation infrastructure planning, adaptation, long-distance transportation, air transportation, resource allocation and optimization, multicriteria analysis and decision-making, supply-and-demand models
CIVL 340 Transportation Engineering I
CIVL 440 Transportation Engineering II
Awards & Recognitions
- 2019, Petro Canada Young Innovators Award, University of Alberta
- 2018, McCalla Professorship, University of Alberta
- 2017, Early Career Researcher Award, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- 2017, Best Paper, Transportation Research Board Emergency Evacuations
- 2012, Best Paper, Socioeconomic & Institutional Challenges track, 5th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation
Student Research Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in joining our group. I welcome motivated applicants that are enthusiastic about transportation engineering and planning, from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. I aim to provide the highest quality graduate training within an inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment.
I am currently looking for MASc and PhD students for Fall 2023 entry. Successful applicants will 1) have a strong academic background in engineering, including operations research, 2) have excellent communications skills, well exceeding minimum required TOEFL or IELTS scores if an international applicant, 3) be independent thinkers and problem solvers, 4) be responsible individuals who take pride in and ownership of their work, and 5) meet or exceed the minimum requirements for admission as set forth by the UBC Graduate School.
If you are interested in joining our group, please send me an email with subject line “Graduate Applicant 2023.” Your email should contain the following:
After reviewing preliminary applications, candidates will be contacted (sometime in mid- to late fall) and encouraged to formally apply by the institutional deadline of Jan 31, 2023.
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