Dr. Daniel Choi
Dr. daniel choi Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
daniel.choi@ku.ac.ae 023124286


Dr. Daniel Choi received B.S. from Seoul National University (South Korea) and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in US. He was a staff member at the Aerospace Corporation (1996-1999)-US Federal Funded Research and Development Corporation and a task manager at JPL/NASA (1999-2007) in US, leading a number of space-related projects including Mars Missions such as Phoenix. He was a recipient of JPL Spot Award (2005). During his career in US, he has led a number of the projects sponsored by DARPA, AFOSR, DOE, NASA, Amy Lab, NSF, NIH, etc. He was director of the Materials Engineering program at University of Idaho in US (2007-2013). He was Founding Department Head of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2013-2016) and Founding Space Program Management (2015-2016) at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. Currently, he serves as Director of Korea-UAE Joint Research Center/Director of Khalifa University-KAIST (South Korea) Joint Research Center and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on energy storage devices (batteries and capacitors) and inertial sensors (MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers) for space applications.

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA (2000)
  • MS, Materials Science & Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA (1992)
  • BS, Metallurgical Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea (1988)

  • Advanced Solid State Physics (MSEN 710 )
  • Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Crystalline Materials (MSEN 623 )
  • Physics for Solid-State Application (MSEN 612)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy and X Ray Microanalysis (MSEN 712 )
  • Spacecraft Systems Lab 1 (SSCC601)
  • Thermal Properties of Materials (MSEN 624 )

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • UAE- Korea Joint R&D Technical Center
  • Masdar Institute

Research Interests
  • Advanced Materials (Energy Storage)
  • MEMS
  • Nanotechnology

Research Projects

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr. Rajakumar Devarapalli Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Prerna Chaturvedi Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Abhishek Lokhande Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Shaohong Luo Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Kishore Jena Research Scientist
Eng. Safieh Al Mahmoud Research Associate
Eng. Liya Jacob Research Engineer
Mariam Al Mansoori PhD student
Ahmad Soliman PhD student
Syed Sajl PhD student
Mohammed Afif PhD student
Fatima Alhamadi MSc student
Additional Info

Korea-UAE Joint R&D Technical Center  https://www.ku.ac.ae/kutc

Khalifa University-KAIST Joint Research Center  https://www.ku.ac.ae/ku-kaist-jrc


Postdoc posirion: Applicants should have a Ph.D in materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, applied physics, chemistry or closely related fields. Responsibilities under Dr. Choi’s direction will include (i) performing research on the design, fabrication and characterization of materials and devices for cross-disciplinary applications such as energy (lithium secondary batteries, capacitors), and thin-film applications, (ii) publishing scientific papers in the major scientific journals. Expertise in MEMS processes is plus.