|Biography:||Dr. Hongjoo Rhee is an Associate Director and Assistant Research Professor for the Engineering Mechanics and Materials Science thrust at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS), Mississippi State University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Inha University, Incheon, South Korea. He held positions as a Post-doctoral Associate at CAVS, Mississippi State University, 2006-2009; as a Visiting Research Associate, a Research Assistant, and a Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University, 2000-2005; as a Research Staff at Inha University, 1998-1999; and worked as an Assistant Manager and a Research Staff at R&D Center for Metallurgy, KIA Steel Co., Ltd., Seoul/Kunsan, South Korea, 1992-1998.|
Bio-Inspired Materials Design; 3rd Generation Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) Design; High Strain Rate Material Testing, Modeling, and Internal State Variable (Damage) Model Development; Site-Specific Studies on Inhibition Layer Formation and Galvanneal Growth on AHSS; Domestic and International Collaborative Research Program Development; Simulation of Weld Joints Subject to Fatigue, Corrosion, and Blast; Microstructure-Property Responses of Biological and Synthetic Foams at Different Strain Rate Regimes; Materials Design for Mg Alloys; Process Simulation for Hot Press Forming; Modeling in the Resistance Spot Welding of Mg Alloy; Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) Process and Performance Modeling; Material Database and Model Development for Polymeric Materials.
Other research interests include, but not limited to:
materials and mechanical properties characterization; model development, calibration, and validation for various alloys; characterization of protective metallic coating processes; multiscale process-structure-property relations characterization; functionally gradient materials (FGM) designing and manufacturing process; lead-free solder joints characterization; steel manufacturing process; specialty steels development and evaluation; heat treatments; nanoindentation; thermomechanical fatigue (TMF); stress relaxation; plasma sprayed coatings characterization, etc.