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Ha-Kyung Kwon

Ha-Kyung Kwon is a Research Scientist at Toyota Research Institute (“TRI”). As part of TRI’s Accelerated Materials Design and Discovery team, Ha-Kyung Kwon is building machine learning tools capable of rapidly advancing the discovery of new materials for batteries, fuel cells and other critical components for use in future zero-emissions vehicles. Ha-Kyung earned Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from Northwestern University in Materials Science and Engineering, where she wrote a thesis on equilibrium phase behavior of ionomers. While pursuing her doctorate, Ha-Kyung was recognized as the Internal Institute of Nanotechnology (IIIN) Outstanding Researcher (2016), a Center for Computation and Theory of Soft Materials (CCTSM) Fellow (2016) and a Weertman Fellow (2017). Throughout her research career, Ha-Kyung has specialized in polymer research, including theoretical and experimental investigation of polymer phase behavior. Her work at TRI enables her to stay closely aligned with deep foundational research while working in a fast-paced development cycle to accelerate the discovery of new materials.