Faculty Profile

SungWoo Nam

Mechanical Science and Engineering
SungWoo Nam
SungWoo Nam
Associate Professor
4418 Mechanical Engineering Lab
105 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-0267

Primary Research Area

  • Solid Mechanics and Materials


  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2011
  • M.A., Physics, Harvard University, 2007
  • M.Eng., Materials Engineering, Yonsei University, 2005
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, 2002

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2018-date
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2012-August 15, 2018
  • Affiliate Faculty, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC, September, 2013-date
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley, 2011-2012
  • Graduate Student Researcher & Postdoctoral Research Associate, Harvard University, 2005-2011

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Other Professional Employment

  • Research Associate, ILJIN Nanotech Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea, 2002-2005

Research Statement

Dr. SungWoo Nam￿s research program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) pursues innovations in controlled deformation (i.e., ￿architecturing￿) of atomically-thin, two-dimensional (2D) materials to explore how unique shapes of atomically-thin materials enable new functionalities. In particular, his research group studies mechanical self-assembly of folded and crumpled graphene and two-dimensional materials for strain-tolerant and flexible/stretchable forms of sensors for biotic and abiotic investigations.

Research Areas

  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Energy
  • Health and Bio
  • Manufacturing
  • Security and Defense
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2013-Present
  • Member, Biophysical Society, 2013-Present
  • Member, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), 2013-Present
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2013-Present
  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS), 2008-Present

Teaching Honors

  • Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, 2018
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2013, 2015 & 2017
  • Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) Award, 2013
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding by Their Students (Top 10%), 2013
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2009

Research Honors

  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, UIUC, 2018
  • TMS 2018 Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, 2018
  • Hanwha Advanced Materials Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2017
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, 2017
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, College of Engineering, 2017
  • Arab-American Frontiers Fellowship, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • Poster Award, ASME IMECE 2016 Micro & Nano Technology Forum, 2016
  • Invited Participant, 2016 Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2016
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Early Career Faculty (ECF) Award, 2016
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award, 2016
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award, 2016
  • Poster Award, ASME IMECE 2015 Micro & Nano Technology Forum, 2015
  • IEEE EMBS Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference New Innovators Lectureship, 2014
  • Young Investigator Award, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), 2014
  • Doctoral New Investigator Award, American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund (PRF), 2013
  • Gold Award, Materials Research Society (MRS), 2011
  • Outstanding Student Designer Award at ISSCC, Analog Devices, 2010
  • GSAS Merit Fellowship, Harvard University, 2009
  • The Samsung Scholarship, Samsung Foundation of Culture, 2005
  • Humantec Award, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., 2002
  • Summa Cum Laude with the Valedictorian Prize, Seoul National University, 2002