Dr. Tae Y. Choi joined University of North Texas in Fall 2006 as a founding junior faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. After he earned his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley in 2002, he received his post-doctoral training at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Soon after, he served as a lecturer for two and a half years at ETH before he came to UNT. He taught conventional and advanced mechanical engineering courses in the areas of thermal science and nanoscale energy transport. He conducted his research in small scale manufacturing and instrumentation such as characterization of micro and nanoscale thermal properties. He made significant contributions to scientific and engineering societies including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is an active member of ASME since 2007 while he has served in the ASME K-15 committee.
Dr. Choi has fifteen (15) years of academic experience after Ph.D. degree, including 6 years at the rank of Associate Professor at UNT, six years at the rank of Assistant Professor at UNT and three years at ETH, Zurich as Lecturer/Senior Scientist.
He has written thirty five research grant/contract proposals (29 as a PI and 6 as a co-PI). He has participated in one proposal as a senior investigator. As a PI or co-PI, he successfully received a total of ~$1M of external funding awards. One proposal as a senior investigator is awarded an amount of ~$1M.
He has published sixty three (69) refereed technical papers with forty one (41) journal papers and twenty nine (28) peer-reviewed conference proceedings. His refereed journal papers have received a total of 576 citations (as of Oct 2011). In addition, he has written more than thirty governmental reports (i.e., NSF review reports), given six invited talks, and held one patent and one provisional patent pending.
Dr. Choi has supervised ten Ph.D. students with two of them graduated, six Master students, thirteen undergraduate students, and one post-doctoral fellow. He has demonstrated an effective teaching skill, including LabView instructional video. He created seven new courses related to mechanical engineering teaching laboratories, engineering thermodynamics, advanced thermodynamics, nanoscale energy transport, machine elements, and bioenergy transport.
He has served in a committee of professional society (ASME), one national conference organization committee, and a lead guest editor in Journal of Sensors. In addition, he served as a referee for 7 journals and conferences.
He has served as a Vice President for KSEA North Chapter. He presided over Math and Science Competition for K-12 students in 2010 and 2011.
He served in various committees (as chair and a committee member) at UNT including MEE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, MEE ABET Committee, CART Advisory Board, Bio-Nano-Photonics Cluster, MEE Lab development coordinator, Faculty Search Committee in Physics and MEE Departments and Clean Room Working group.