Mary Kathryn Thompson

Alumna, Precision Engineering Research Group
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Email: mkt (at) mit.edu
Email: mkt (at) kaist.edu
Email: mkath (at) mek.dtu.dk

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Education
2007, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2004, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2002, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Experience
Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark, Department of Mechanical Engineering. 2012 - present
    Manufacturing Engineering Division
Associate Professor, KAIST Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 2010 - 2012
    Joint Appointment, KAIST Department of Mechanical Engineering. 2008 - 2012
    Joint Appointment, KAIST Department of Ocean Systems Engineering. 2008 - 2012
    Joint Appointment, KAIST Department of Industrial Design. 2010 - 2012
    Member, KAIST Institute for Urban Space and Systems (KIUSS). 2007 - 2012
    Member, KAIST Institute for the Design of Complex Systems (KIDCS). 2007 - 2012
    Director, KAIST Freshman Design Program. 2008 - 2012
    Director, Laboratory for Innovative Design and Engineering Analysis. 2007 - 2012
Columnist for the Korea Herald (Korea's largest English language newspaper) 2008 - 2010
Assistant Professor, KAIST Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 2007 - 2010
Graduate Research Assistant, MIT Precision Engineering Research Group. 2002 - 2007
Researcher, MIT Auto ID Center. 2000 - 2002
UROP, MIT Department of Ocean Engineering Robotuna Project. 1999 - 2000
UROP, MIT Sea Grant Volunteer UROP to study water quality of the Lower Charles River Basin. 1999

Honors and Awards
2009, Republic of Korea Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Award for Innovation in Engineering Education
2009, Park Center for Complex Systems Award (Grand Prize for Excellence in a Technical Paper) 5th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD 2009) for "Application of Axiomatic Design Theory and Conflict Technique for the Design of Intersections Part 1 and Part 2." Thompson, et al.
2009, KAIST Grand Prize for Creative Teaching. "In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Improvement of the Quality of Education by Developing Creative Teaching Methods."
2007, European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology Heidenhain Scholarship
2006, Best of Session Technical Paper Award, 2006 International ANSYS Conference for "Methods for the Generation of Rough Surfaces in ANSYS." Thompson, M.K.
2004, Best of Session Technical Paper Award, 2004 International ANSYS Conference for "The Effect of Surface Roughness on Fluid Coupling Sealing Capability" Thompson, et al.
2002, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2002, Wunsch Foundation Silent Hoist and Crane Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis
2001, ASME Garland Duncan Scholarship
2001, MIT Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
2001, Department Service Award for Dedicated Service to the Mechanical Engineering Department
2001, Padmakar P. Lele Student Award for Outstanding Service by an Undergraduate Assistant "2.007 Design & Manufacturing I."
1998, ASME Gracik Scholarship
1998, National Merit Scholarship

Nominations and Honorable Mentions
2011, Nominated for the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal
2010, Nominated for the ASEE Merryfield Design Award
2009, Finalist, Best Applied Simulation Paper Award (Best Paper in the General Applications Track), 2009 Winter Simulation Conference for Thompson, M. K. "Simulation Thinking: Where Design and Analysis Meet."
2009, Honorable Mention for Excellence in a Technical Paper, 5th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD 2009) for Thompson, M. K., "Teaching Axiomatic Design in the Freshman Year: A Case Study at KAIST."

Research Interests
Additive manufacturing
Design for manufacturing
Engineering design theory and methodology
Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering (design) education
Tribology and micro scale surface phenomena
Non-traditional applications of FE analysis

Teaching Interests
Design, Manufacturing, Heat Transfer, Engineering Outreach and Finite Element Applications

Memberships
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP Research Affiliate)
The Design Society
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Pi Tau Sigma
Sigma Xi
Tau Beta Pi

 



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