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About Jun-Ki Choi

Professor Jun-Ki Choi is working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering/ Renewable and Clean Energy (RCL) Program at the University of Dayton located in Ohio, United States. He is an Assistant Director in the University of Dayton’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. UD-IAC received the Center for Excellence award by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2015.

Since joining the University of Dayton in 2012, Professor Choi has made strong contributions to research and teaching. He developed a research program in the area of sustainable manufacturing, energy and resource efficiency, design for environment, life cycle assessment, and economic input-output analysis. Recently, he has been invited to numerous workshops and meetings hosted by National Science Foundation (NSF), Ohio Manufacturing Association (OMA), and National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) to present his research work. He also co-lead the University of Dayton’s Solar Thermal Adsorption Refrigeration (STAR) team who won three awards from the National P3 (People,
Planet, Prosperity) Competition hosted by the U.S.A Science and Engineering Expo and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2016.

Dr. Choi received a 2017 Vision Award for Innovation from the University of Dayton for developing a new course in which he successfully implemented a project-based learning model built on the life-cycle design and sustainable business challenges of industrial partners ( The collaboration brought values to all parties – the
students, Industry, and the University. Students had opportunities to work with the industrial collaborator to obtain real industrial-based training and guidance on product/process development and environmental impact assessments. Such industrial experience was valuable for student’s future career development.

Before he joined the University of Dayton, Dr. Choi was a scientific staff at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and performed projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and global renewable energy industries. He has been serving as a member of International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Technical Committee for Photovoltaic (PV) Task 12 which addresses the environmental impacts of PV technologies. At the BNL, he was the first researcher in the Sustainable Technology Division to receive the Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship. He received an award from U.S. Department of Energy’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program for his novel research work for developing a framework to integrate macro-economic analysis tool with life cycle assessment. Dr. Choi received his master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and
Purdue University respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Resilience at the Ohio State University. He has been serving as a co-editor of the Proceedings of International Society of Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) since 2013. He has published more than 70 peer reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings.


2012 - Present Assistant Professor, University of Dayton Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Present Assistant Director, Industrial Assessment Center (UD-IAC), University of Dayton

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, International Input-Output Association
2012 - Present Co-editor, International Society of Sustainable Systems and Technology Conference Proceedings
2012 - Present Reviewer, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
2009 - Present Member, International Energy Agency
2009 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Industrial Ecology
2009 - Present Expert Fellow, New York Energy Policy Institute
2008 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Mechanical Design
2008 - Present Member, Program Committee of Global Conf. on Sustainable Product Development and Lifecycle Engineering
2007 - Present Reviewer, Energy Policy Journal
2005 - Present Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2005 - Present Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2005 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Engineering Design
2013 Contributer, NSF - SMART-CN: Sustainable Manufacturing Systems
2013 Contributer, NSF- 1140190 RCN-SEES: Sustainable Energy Systems
2012 Session Chair, International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (Systems Session)
2012 Theme Session Moderator, US-Korea Conference
2012 Panel member, Universal Linkage for Top Research Advisor (ULTRA) Program
2009 Session Chair, Workshop on Land Use in Renewable Energy (Solar Session)
2008 Reviewer, ASME Technical Publication for MSEC and ICM&P Conference.
2008 Reviewer, Technical Publication for PLM
2007 Reviewer, NSF Environmental and Energy Proposals
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Honors and Awards

  • Laboratory Directed Research Development Grant Award - PI, U.S. Department of Energy (2010~2012)
  • Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship - PI, Brookhaven National Laboratory (2009)
  • National Science Foundation Travel Grant Award, LCA IX conference, Boston (2009)
  • Gordon Research Conference Travel Grant, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH (2008)
  • 1st place Research Poster Award Prize at the International Input-Output Conference, Seville, Spain (2008)
  • National Science Foundation Travel Grant Award, Rochester Institute of Technology (2007)
  • ConocoPhillips Summer Research Fellowship, Purdue University (2004, 2005)
  • Fredrik Andrews Environmental Dissertation Research Award - PI, Purdue University (2004)
  • Engineering Dean’s Research Award, Purdue University (2003)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Fellowship, Purdue University (2002, 2003)
  • International Society of Industrial Ecology Student Travel Award, University of Michigan (2002)
  • Academic Excellence Tuition Fee Scholarship, Hanyang University (1991, 1994, 1995, 1996)


  • MEE 344 Manufacturing Process
  • MEE 472/RCL 572 Design for Environment
  • MEE 410 Heat Transfer


2006 PhD, Purdue University ‐ Mechanical Engineering
1999 MS, The University Of Michigan ‐ Mechanical Engineering
1997 BS, Hanyang University ‐ Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Location: Kettering Laboratories Room 363A
Phone: 937-229-5344

Encyclopedia entries (3)

Book chapters (1)

Journal Articles (49)