Dr. Yang-Seon Kim has strong expertise in building energy modeling (both statistical approach and EnergyPlus); indoor air quality; occupants’ perception and impact on building energy and environment. She also had experiences in the large field studies: protocol development, data analyzing and recruiting buildings. She has around 10 years of experience in the building science research field. 


Academic Interests and Expertise
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University, South Korea 2010
  • B.S., Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University, South Korea 2008 
Areas of Research Interest

Research Interests:

As part of a sustainable environment, buildings play an important role in both energy use and human well-being. In the United States, buildings account for more than 40% of the total energy consumption, and people spend 90% of their time in indoor environments. Given the pressing need to understand the energy performance of buildings to improve energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, I see critical research needs to understand how the tradeoffs between energy use and indoor air quality, and the co-benefits of the two. Broadly, I am eager to carry out experimental and numerical studies on energy and health impacts of the building environment.


Relevant Topics:

Residential & Commercial building indoor air quality and ventilation study

Campus building energy analysis with occupants’ behavior

Dormitory building energy challenges

Areas of Teaching Interest
  • ME398 Thermodynamics I, Spring 2021
  • ME 740- Indoor air pollution and simulation, Fall 2021
  • ME850A Modeling and optimization of building energy , Spring 2020
  • ME398 Thermodynamics 1, Spring 2020
  • ME522 Heat Transfer, Fall 2020
  • ME398 Thermodynamics 1, Fall 2020
  • ME398 Thermodynamics I, Spring 2019
  • ME740 Indoor air pollution and simulation, Fall 2019
  • ME398 Thermodynamics I, Fall 2018


  • Kim, M., Kim, Y.-S., Srebric, J., Impact of correlation of plug load data, occupancy rates and local weather conditions on electricity consumption in a building using four back-propagation neural network models, Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol 62, 2020
  • Singer, B., Chan,W., Kim, Y.-S., Offermann, B., and Walker, I., Indoor air quality in California homes with code-required mechanical ventilation, Indoor Air, Vol 30, Issue 5, 2020
  • Kim, M., Kim, Y.-S.*, and Srebric, J., Predictions of electricity consumption in a campus building using occupant rates and weather elements with sensitivity analysis: artificial neural network vs. linear regression, Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol 62, 2020
  • Sohn, M.D., Delp, W.W., Fry, R.N., and Kim, Y.-S.* Analysis of a series of urban-scale chlorine dispersion experiments and implications on indoor health consequences, Atmospheric Environment, 83-89, Vol 212, 2019 (*corresponding author)
  • Kim, Y.-S., Walker, I.S. and Delp, W.W. Development of a standard capture efficiency test method for residential kitchen ventilation, Science and Technology for the Built Environment, 176-187, Vol 24, 2018  
Professional Experience

Assistant Professor Wichita State University (KS, USA) August 2018 - Current

  • Mechanical Engineering Department

Postdoctoral Fellow Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (CA, USA) March 2016 – July 2018

  • Building Technology and Urban Systems Division
  • Supervisor: Iain S. Walker, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow University of Maryland (MD, USA) January 2015 – February 2016

  • Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Advisor: Jelena Srebric, Ph.D
Clinical Experience

Sponsored Research

  • Ambient temperature reduction inside 
    the Coleman facility, Phase one (05/21 –11/21) for $25,000
  • Faculty connection and mentorship 
    through an integrated EM curriculum (02/21 – 01/23)- for $100,000
  • Estimate indoor air pollution and exposure levels based on the integration 
    of satellite-derived air quality data and building physics (06/21-04/22) for $18,456
  • Understanding the energy use in buildings, and the link between occupant’s knowledge and behavior changes to energy savings (07/19- 06/20) for $3,246
Awards and Honors
  • University Research/Creative Projects Award (URCA), Wichita State University, 2019 
  • NASEM Travel Grant Award, Microbiomes of the Built Environment Meeting, National 
    Academy of Sciences, 2016
  • Global research internship program, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), 
    December 2010
  • 2nd Yonsei Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium - Excellence 
    award, Yonsei University, December 2008
  • Brain Korea 21(BK21) Research Scholarship, August 2008 - January 2009
  • Yonsei Honorary Scholarship, Yonsei University, Fall 2006
Patents and other Intellectual Property
  •  Airborne microbial measurement apparatus and measurement method using the 
    microorganism dissolution system and ATP-luminescence, 10-2011-0007570 (20110126)
Areas of Service

Profession Membership 
• American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Other Interests

Journal manuscript review work 
• Science and Technology for the Built Environment
• Building and Environment
• Applied Thermal Engineering 
• International Journal of Ventilation