I care deeply about providing this blessing of Christian community and education that LeTourneau provides here in Texas to students all over the world.

Dr. Kim

Joonwan
Kim, Ph.D.

Phone: 903.233.3920
Email: JoonwanKim@letu.edu

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering


My name is Dr. Joon Wan Kim, and I am a professor of electrical & computer engineering here at LeTourneau University. 

I grew up in Changwon, South Korea. I loved living in Korea, but growing up, I was captivated by American movies and music and was fascinated by American culture. I knew I wanted to move to America, and in 1994, I did just that. I had just married my beautiful wife, Sophia, an art major who went to the same undergraduate school as me in Korea, and started graduate school at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Leaving home was difficult for both of us. However, we were blessed to find a wonderful Korean-American church in Alabama that, through God, gave us determination, community, and life-long friends. During this time, Sophia and I both strengthened our relationship with Christ and a few years later, Sophia and I started a family. My son Robin was born in 1996 and my daughter Jenny was born in 1999. Looking back, this was the most difficult time in our lives. Sophia and I were in a foreign place trying to learn a new language, raise a family, and get through the stress of earning my PhD, but God was with us every step of the way and through Him we persevered. 

 I graduated with my doctorate in 2003 and came to Longview, Texas to begin working at LeTourneau and I have loved it here ever since. My children both attended Spring Hill ISD and Robin is now about to graduate from Rice University and pursue an electrical engineering doctorate of his own and Jenny is a pre-med student at Brown University. Sophia and I got our American citizenship in 2014 and we both feel that we have truly achieved the American Dream. 

Teaching at LeTourneau has been such a blessing. The environment here is so close-knit and caring. Everyone feels like family. Because of my journey, I care deeply about providing this blessing of Christian community and education that LeTourneau provides here in Texas to students all over the world like in Korea, China, Mongolia, and more. 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D.University of Alabama, Huntsville 2003
  • M.S.E.E. University of Alabama, Huntsville 1999
  • B.S.E.E. Daegu University, S. Korea 1993

University Faculty since 2003

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Hardware implementation of an Adaptive Noise Canceller.
  • Performance analysis of the Self Correcting Adaptive Filter and the adjusted step size NLMS algorithm.
  • Adaptive filtering based on variable step size and signal to noise ratio.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • CEGR/EEGR 4233 Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcomputers
  • CEGR/EEGR 4253 Microcomputer Design
  • EEGR 3213 Digital Electronics
  • EEGR 4283 Digital Signal Processing

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Director of LeTourneau University ECE senior design projects supported by Rockwell Collins Inc., STEMCO, General Dynamics, Flanders Inc., CCI group and Tripaga. Amount $300,000 from Aug. 2007 to May 2019
  • Principal Investigator of National Science Foundation DUE-0728613: Scholarships for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS). Amount: $529,000 from Feb. 2008 to Jan. 2014
  • Serving on NSF (National Science Foundation) S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Review Panel, Washington D.C, Sep. 26 -28, 2010
  • Reviewer of Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), Dec. 2005~ Feb 2007
  • Serving on NSF (National Science Foundation) REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Review Panel, Washington D.C, Nov.28 -30, 2005
  • Being selected for inclusion in the 9th & 10th edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2005 and 2006

Conference Presentations and Papers

  1. Tim Hong, Joonwan Kim "FPGA Implementation of JADE ICA Algorithm " Proceedings of 2015 ISOCC (International System on Chip Design Conference), KyeongJu, S. Korea, Nov., 2015
  2. Ryan Tiemann, Joonwan Kim "LeTourneau Motor Analyzer Senior Design Project" Proceedings of 2014 ISOCC (International System on Chip Design Conference), Jeju, S. Korea, Nov., 2014
  3. Zachary Phillips, Joonwan Kim "High Frequency Antenna Coupler Using an Arduino," Proceedings of the ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) Boston, Sep., 2012
  4. Donald E. Willcox, John Wineman, Joonwan Kim "Implementation of Digital Radio Mondiale Receiver-Part II," Proceedings of the IEEE 43rd Southeastern Symposium on System Theory, Auburn University,AL., March, 2011
  5. Paul Leiffer, Joonwan Kim "Diversity Receiver for Digital Radio Mondiale - A Multi-Year Design Project" Proceedings of the 117th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky, 20 - 23 June, 2010
  6. Hardware implementation of an Adaptive Noise Canceller in an automobile environment Boo-Shik Ryu, Joonwan Kim; Proceeding of the IEEE Electrical Design of Advanced Packaging and Systems Symposium, Seoul, S. Korea ,10-12 Dec., 2008.
  7. The Performance of an adaptive noise canceller with DSP processor Boo-Shik Ryu, Joonwan Kim; Proceedings of the IEEE Fortieth Southeastern Symposium on System Theory, University of New Orleans, LA., 16-18 March, 2008.
  8. Implementation of the Embedded System Using the AD code and TTS Si-Woo Kim, ,Joonwan Kim; Proceeding of Korea Information and Communications Society, 23-26 Aug., 2007.
  9. Performance analysis of adaptive noise canceller in real-time automobile environments Joonwan Kim, Chae-Wook Lee; Proceedings of the IEEE Thirty Ninth Southeastern Symposium on System Theory 04-06 March, 2007.
  10. Comparison of adaptive systems for noise reduction in speech Joonwan Kim; Chae-Wook Lee; Proceedings of the IEEE Thirty Eighth Southeastern Symposium on System Theory 05-07 March, 2006.
  11. Performance analysis of the Self Correcting Adaptive Filter Joonwan Kim; Eric T. Perry; Proceedings of the IEEE Thirty Seventh Southeastern Symposium on System Theory 20-22 March, 2005.
  12. Performance analysis of the adjusted step size NLMS algorithm Joonwan Kim; Poularikas, A.D.; Proceedings of the IEEE 36th Southeastern Symposium on System Theory 14-16 March, 2004.

Selected Publications

  • Jeremy Goossen, Dr. Joonwan Kim “Development of a Versatile ADS-B Communications System” Procedings of 2018 IEEE Texas Symposium on Wireless and Microwave Circuits and Systems, Waco, TX., April. 2018 
  • Tim Hong, Dr. Joonwan Kim “FPGA Implementation of JADE ICA Algorithm” Proceedings of 2015 ISOCC (International System on Chip Design Conference),  KyeongJu, S. Korea, Nov., 2015
  • Ryan Tiemann, Dr. Joonwan Kim “LeTourneau Motor Analyzer Senior Design Project” Proceedings of  2014 ISOCC (International System on Chip Design Conference),  Jeju, S. Korea, Nov., 2014
  • Zachary Phillips, Joonwan Kim“High Frequency Antenna Coupler Using an Arduino,”  Proceedings of the ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) Boston, Sep., 2012
  • Donald E. Willcox, John Wineman  Joonwan Kim   Implementation of Digital Radio Mondiale Receiver-Part II,” Proceedings of the IEEE 43rd   Southeastern Symposium on System Theory, Auburn University,AL.,  March, 2011
  • Paul Leiffer,Joonwan Kim   “Diversity Receiver for Digital Radio Mondiale – A Multi-Year Design Project” Proceedings of the 117th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky, 20 - 23 June, 2010