Sam Park currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisville since 2010. Dr. Park earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2007. His Ph.D. studies focused on proton and water movements in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells. He received a B.S. from Kyungpook National University (Republic of Korea) in 1999 and a M.S. from Texas A&M University in 2003.
Prior to joining the University of Louisville, he worked at Arbin Instruments (2005-2009) as a senior mechanical engineer. He was responsible for transferring engineering programs from prototype, small scale fabrication into manufacturing, with a focus on commercialization and manufacturing implantation of battery and fuel cell systems. Before joining the University of Louisville, he also worked as a Senior Engineer at NexTech Materials, and was involved several projects for sensor, catalyst, and fuel cell related materials and processes.
His research interests center on improving the understanding, design, and performance of electrochemical power and energy conversion devices including fuel cells, energy storage systems, and sensors. Professor Park is the author of over forty papers and three patents on fuel cells, batteries, energy systems, and sensors. He teaches Thermodynamics I, Thermodynamics II, and Energy Storage Systems (graduate course).
His current two projects for automotive engineering research is to develop sensors and algorithms for hybrid and electric vehicles. One project is to develop a Reliable Long-term Predictive Algorithm for Energy Storage Systems and Electric Vehicles Based on Real-time Data and Query Patterns and anther one is to develop a Lithium-ion Battery Health Monitoring Algorithm. He served on numerous international conference program committees.