Junghwan Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a B.S. in Urban Planning and Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from Yonsei University (2016) in South Korea and a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018). His research interests include accessibility, human mobility, travel behavior, environmental health, the application of GIScience methods, geoprivacy, and geoethics. His works have been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Journal of Transport Geography, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Environmental Research, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
He has received several prestigious awards, including the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Council Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award; Peter Gould Student Paper Award from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group; Student Research Presentation Award from the Race/Ethnicity/Place Conference (First Prize); American Planning Association (APA) Transportation Planning Division Student Paper Award (Third Prize); APA National Smart Cities Student Design Competition Winner (in Team); Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Student Paper Award from the Korean-American Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences (KAGES); President Award from the Korean Planning Association; and the Recipient of the Study Abroad Scholarship and National Science and Engineering Scholarship from South Korean Government.
In addition to his academic career, he had worked as a transportation planning modeler (internship) in Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) for two years. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, listening to music, watching public transportation systems (e.g., trains and planes), and playing the piano.