James Joo

Assistant Professor and Joint Appointee, UDRI
Joint Appointment
School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Location: Building 146 Room 219
  • Phone: 937-255-8347
  • Email: Contact


Selected Publications

  • Joo, J.J., and B. Sanders. Forthcoming. Optimal location of distributed actuators within an in-plane multi-cell morphing mechanism. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures.
  • Inoyama, D., B. Sanders, and J.J. Joo. 2008. Topology optimization approach for the determination of multiple-configuration morphing wing structures. Journal of Aircraft 45, no. 6: 1853-1863.
  • Joo, J. J., B. Sanders, and G. Washington. 2006. Energy based efficiency of adaptive structure systems. Smart Materials and Structures 15: 171-181.

Courses Taught

  • Theory of Machines
  • Kinematic Principles in Design
  • Design Optimization
  • Compliant Mechanisms and Structures


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997
  • B.S., Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Han Yang University, Seoul, Korea, 1994

Professional Activities

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering: Member
  • Adaptive Structures and Materials Technical Committee Member in Aerospace Division
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: Senior Member
  • Adaptive Structures Technical Committee Member

Research Interests

  • Compliant mechanism design (for micro, meso and macro scale application)
  • Adaptive/smart structure design
  • Kinematics
  • Topology optimization
  • Morphing aircraft structure design
  • Multi-functional material design