Joseph Kim named student marshal for spring 2017 commencement


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Joseph Jongha Kim was selected as the student marshal for the biomedical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. Kim will receive a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.

He has chosen Siu Ling Leung, instructor of biomedical engineering to be his faculty escort as a faculty marshal.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life. 

Kim is the son of Gon Kim and Yusun Lee of Republic of Korea; and Jongwoo Kim and Yeongja Chu of Pittsburgh. He is a 2013 graduate of Gateway Senior High School.

His academic honors include: The Dean’s List, Dixon Scholarship in Engineering, Nicoll Renaissance Scholarship and the Class of 1922 Memorial Scholarship.

He was an active club member of the Korean Students for Christ (KSFC), Undergraduate Research Society (URS) and the Eco-action.

Kim’s internship experiences included serving as a Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep disorder analyst for the Kyunghee University-Bioimaging & Brain Engineering Laboratory, Republic of Korea. Kim had to code a program that quantifies electric signals in muscles and diagnoses REM sleep disorder. He also served as a biothermodynamics class grader where he assisted grading assignments with transparency and clarified questions for biomedical engineering students.

Kim deepened his understandings in biology even further by conducting undergraduate research. His undergraduate research experience included work on JAK/STAT signaling pathway and axon regeneration. He investigated how genes involved in JAK/STAT signaling pathway regulates the regeneration of axon.  This research was conducted at Penn State department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Kim said that he feels very honored to be selected as a student marshal. He also added, “obtaining in-depth understandings in biomedical engineering and gaining uncompromising faith in Christianity are the most valuable memories in my college life.”    

Kim plans to work for the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a post-baccalaureate intramural research training award program recipient. While at NIH, the training will include participating in development and application of biophotonic methods for studies of human physiology and disease.


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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614