Jeong-Hoi Koo, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeong-Hoi Koo


56M Garland Hall

Research Interests

  • Smart Materials


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
    Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering
    South Dakota State University
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering
    Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea

Research Bio

Dr. Koo is a Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He joined Miami University in 2005, after teaching one year at Rowan University in New Jersey. He is committed to offering high quality teaching to undergraduate engineering students and engaging them in international education and research. He has organized and offered global educational opportunities and international research experiences for undergraduates.

In recognition of his achievements in undergraduate teaching, Dr. Koo received The Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Excellent Award in 2019.

Dr. Koo’s research focus lies in smart materials and systems. Smart materials or multifunctional materials exhibit useful coupling between multiple physical domains, offering excellent engineering solutions to many challenging real world problems. They have a range of important application areas from small-scale devices to large engineering structures. He performs fabrication, testing, modeling, and control research of various smart materials for development of novel actuators and sensors for various engineering applications in mechanical and biomedical systems.

Recently, his research activities have extended to Appropriate Technology or Development Engineering.

In 2019, Dr. Koo was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in recognition of outstanding engineering achievements.

Dr. Koo has established strong international collaborations for scholarly activities and educational partnerships for global programs.

Since 2012, he has offered an engineering summer study abroad program at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) for US and Korean engineering students. During the summer program, students form international design teams and perform projects related to Appropriate Technology in order to offer innovative design solutions for the world population that suffer from lack of clean water, energy and other fundamental humanitarian needs. In addition, he led the creation of the Miami-KAIST student exchange program and continues to serve as the program coordinator.

In 2016, Dr. Koo received the John E. Dolibois Faculty Award for Innovation in Global Programming in recognition of his leadership for international education programs.

Dr. Koo is actively involved in professional services. He has served as an officer in a various role for the ASME Technical Committee on Modeling, Dynamics, and Control of Adaptive Structures.

He has also served as an organizer and a program committee member for numerous international conferences in the area of vibrations and smart materials. Currently, he is serving as an (associate) editor for Journal of Vibration and Control, the Shock and Vibration journal, and Frontiers in Materials – Smart Materials.

Years of Service on this Faculty

  • Associate Professor, 2011–Present
  • Assistant Professor, 2005–2011

Related Experience

  • Visiting Professor – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, 2007–present (summer months)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ September 2004–June 2005
  • Research Associate – Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, Virginia Tech, August 2003–August 2004
  • Adjunct Faculty – New River Community College, Virginia, September 2003–August 2004

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • ASME
  • ASEE
  • Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association

Honors and Awards

  • Nominated for SEAS Teaching Excellence Award, 2009, Miami University
  • Best Symposium Organizer, the 15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, 2008.
  • The Philip and Elaine Hampton Award, 2006 and 2010, Miami University.
  • Torgersen Research Excellence Award, 2004, Virginia Tech.
  • Travel Grant, 2003, ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Division.
  • Travel Fund Program Grant, 2002, Virginia Tech.
  • Graduate Research Development Project Grant, 2002, Virginia Tech.
  • Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Fellowship, 2002.

Institutional and Professional Service

Miami University (Selected examples)

  • Member of design threads committee, 2005-present
  • Petition committee, AY 2006.
  • Faculty search committee, AY 2006
  • Library liaison, 2007-present
  • Member of computational engineering thread committee, 2007–2008
  • Faculty search committee, AY 2009
  • Offered an international summer program with University of Seoul for SEAS students, Summer 2010
  • Member of SEAS Research Council, 2007–2008
  • FE review sessions (in Dynamics) for CEC students


  • Adaptive Systems Dynamics and Controls Technical Committee (TC), secretary, 2012–2013
  • Shock and Vibration (IOS Press), Associate editor, 2012–present
  • ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, symposium organizer, 2009–present
  • Vibration and Control of Smart Materials and Systems at the 15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV15), session organizer, July 6-10, 2008, Daejon Korea.
  • Advances in Vehicle Systems Dynamics and Control, International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), session organizer, 2006.
  • Nonlinear Modeling and Control of Smart Materials, International Nonlinear Science and Complexity Conference, session organizer, August 7-12, 2006, Beijing China.
  • Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS), session chair, 2009–present
  • International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids and Magnetorheological Suspensions (ERMR), session chair, 2010 and 2012
  • Smart Structures and Materials (SPIE 2005–2007 and 2013), session chair
  • IMECE (IMECE 2005–2007), session chair
  • Reviewer for Smart Materials and Structures, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Sensors & Actuators, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, AIAA, Vehicle System Design, IEEE Transactions of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Journal of Vibration Control, Shock and Vibration

Professional Development Activities

  • Lilly Conference on Excellence in College Teaching, 2005–2007
  • CELT new faculty teaching enhancement program, 2005–2006
  • Presidents’ Day Teaching Effectiveness Retreat, 2007
  • Labview mini course, 2008
  • Short course on electroactive polymers, SPIE 2006
  • COMSOL multiphysics mini course, 2007
  • Modal testing mini course, 2009
  • Seminar on “Wellness < Innovation” by John Foster.
  • Completed the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) training for research projects that involve human subjects, 2011

Principal Publications

  • J. H. Koo, A. Dawson, and H. J. Jung, 2012, “Characterization of Actuation Properties of Magneto-Rheological Elastomers with Embedded Hard Magnetic Particles” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 23, No. 9, pp. 1049-1054.
  • Y. K. Kim, H. I. Bae, J. H. Koo, K.S. Kim, and S.H. Kim, 2012, “Real Time Control of Adaptive Tunable Vibration Absorber Based on Magnetorheological Elastomer for Suppressing Tonal Vibrations,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 8, No. 4, 046108. doi: 10.1063/1.4704455.
  • T. H. Yang, J.H. Koo, S. Y. Kim, and D. S. Kwon, 2012, “Application of Magneto-Rheological Fluids for a Miniature Haptic Button: Experimental Evaluation,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol 23, No. 9, pp. 1025-1031. doi: 10.1177/1045389X12447983.
  • S. H. Eem, H. J. Jung, and J. H. Koo, 2011, “Application of MR Elastomers for Improving Seismic Protection of Base-Isolated Structures,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 47, No. 10, pp. 2901-2904.
  • Y. K. Kim, J. H. Koo, K.S. Kim, and S.H. Kim, 2011 “Suppressing Harmonic Vibrations of a Miniature Cryogenic Cooler Using an Adaptive Tunable Vibration Absorber Based on Magneto-Rheological Elastomers,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 82. Issue 3, 035103.
  • H. J. Jung, D. D. Jang, J. H. Koo, and S. W. Cho, 2010, “Experimental Evaluation of a ‘Self-Sensing’ Capability of an Electromagnetic Induction System Designed for MR Dampers,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vo. 21, No. 8, pp. 827-835.
  • J. H. Koo, F. Khan, D. D. Jang and H. J. Jung, 2010, “Dynamic Characterization and Modeling of Magneto-Rheological Elastomers Under Compressive Loadings,” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 19, No. 11, 117002.
  • K. J. Kim, C.W. Lee, and J. H. Koo, 2009, “Optimal Positing and Control of a MR-Squeeze Film Damper for Reducing Unbalanced Vibrations in a Rotor System with Multiple Masses,” Journal of Vibration and Acoustics – Transactions of the ASME, Vol. 131, No. 4.
  • K. J. Kim, C.W. Lee, and J. H. Koo, 2008, “Design and Modeling of Semi-active Squeeze Film Dampers using Magneto-Rheological fluids,” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 17, No. 3.
  • F. Khan, J. H. Koo, D. Monk, and E. Eisbrenner, 2008, “Characterization of Shear Deformation and Strain Recovery Behavior in Shape Memory Polymers,” Polymer Testing, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 498-503.
  • P. Von Lockette, S. Lofland, J. H. Koo, J. Kadlowec, and M. Dermond, 2008, “Dynamic Characterization of Bimodal Particle Mixtures in Silicone Rubber Magentorheological Materials,” Polymer Testing, Vol 27, pp. 931-935.
  • M. Setareh, J.K. Ritchey, T.M. Murray, J. H. Koo, and M. Ahmadian, 2007, “Semiactive Tuned Mass Damper for Floor Vibration Control,” Journal of Structural Engineering-ASCE, 38 (3), pp.242-250.
  • Goncalves, J. H. Koo, and M. Ahmadian, 2006, “A Review of the State of the Art in MR Fluid Technologies – Part I: MR Fluid and MR Fluid Models,” The Shock and Vibration Digest, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 203 – 219.
  • J. H. Koo, M. Ahmadian, and M. Setareh, 2006, “Experimental Robustness Analysis of MR Semi-Active Tuned Vibration Absorbers Subject to Mass Off-tuning,” Journal of Vibration and Acoustics – Transactions of the ASME, Vol. 128, pp.126-131.
  • J. H. Koo, F. Goncalves, and M. Ahmadian, 2006, “A Comprehensive Response Time Analysis of Magneto-Rheological Fluid Dampers,” Smart Materials and Structures, 15, pp.351-358.
  • M. Elahinia, J. H. Koo, M. Ahmadian, and C. Woolsey, 2005, “Backstepping Control of an SMA Actuated Robotic Arm,” Journal of Vibration and Control, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 407 – 429.