Dr. Chung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and is Lead of the Division for Mechanics, Materials, & Manufacturing.  He also serves as the Energetics Group Lead in the Center for Engineering Concepts Development and is the faculty advisor for the Energetics Concepts program in the Office of Advanced Engineering Education. Prior to joining the faculty in 2013, he was a civil servant in the US Army Research Laboratory, Computational & Information Sciences Directorate, Computational Sciences Division in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.


Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering
M.S. University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. University of Virginia, Aerospace Engineering

Research and Professional Experience

  • 2013-present: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2003-2013: Mechanical Engineer, Team Leader, Interdisciplinary Computational Sciences & Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering Branch, Computational Sciences Division, Computational & Information Sciences Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • 2006, 2007: Acting Branch Chief, Computational Sciences & Engineering Branch, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, July 2006 – August 2006, August 2007
  • 2008, 2013: Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
  • 2006-2010: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Akron
  • 2001-2013: Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • 2000-2001: Post-Doctoral NRC Resident Research Associate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • 1999-2000: Post-Doctoral Associate, University of Minnesota, Department of Mechanical Engineering


  • 2009-2013: Member of the Senior Management Group for the ARL Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials
    • ARL Collaborative Research Alliance for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments
    • ARL Collaborative Research Alliance for Multiscale Modeling of Electronic Materials
    • ARL-I3M In-house Initiative for Multiscale Modeling of Materials
  • 2010-2013: Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) Subcommittee on the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the Executive Office of the President – Assistant to Senior Army Representative
  • 2002-2003: Department of the Army Logistics Transformation Task Force, Ft. Belvoir, Va.
  • Conference Organization:  ASME IMECE, ICCES, USNCCM
  • Committee Service:
    • National Defense Science and Engineering Grad Fellowship Evaluation Committees
    • SMART Fellowship Selection Committees
    • NSF Panels
  • Program Service:
    • Proposal evaluations for single/multi investigator programs: ARO, ONR, AFOSR, DoD MURI, DARPA, DTRA, NSF
    • SBIR/STTR Contract Officer Technical Representative (COTR) (2005-2008)
  • Editorships: Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology (current)
  • Editorial Boards: International Journal for Computational Multiscale Engineering (current), CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences (2006-2008)


  • 2014, 2015 ORISE Faculty Fellow @ ARL
  • 2010 Army Science Conference Best Paper Award (w/ S Izvekov and BM Rice)
  • 2008 ICCES Outstanding Young Investigator Award in Computation
  • 2004 U.S. Army, Research, Development and Engineering Command, Outstanding Young Scientist & Engineer
  • 2003 Department of the Army, Superior Civilian Service Award
  • 2003 Baltimore Federal Executive Board, Excellence in Federal Career Award, Bronze Medal
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associateship (2000)
  • 22nd Army Sciences Conference Best Paper Award, 2000 (w/ R Namburu)