Dr. Hwan-Sik Yoon

  • Associate Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 3019 SERC
  • Phone: (205) 348-1136
  • Fax: (205) 348-6419

Areas of Research

  • Automotive Systems
  • Automation and Mechatronic Systems


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2002
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 1998
  • B.S., Physics Education, Seoul National University, Korea, 1994


Dr. Hwan-Sik Yoon’s research interests include modeling, simulation, and control of dynamic systems. His current research efforts are focused on vehicle powertrain systems, hybrid electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and application of machine learning in automotive engineering. Some of the exemplary projects that Dr. Yoon’s research group has conducted include:

  • Development of a high-fidelity engine modeling framework in Simulink
  • Vision-based estimation and control of excavator manipulator
  • Energy flow analysis tool development for conventional and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Time-to-failure determination for automotive system components using machine learning

Publications and Patents:

  • Xu, J. and Yoon, H.-S., 2019, “Vision-Based Estimation of Excavator Manipulator Pose for Automated Grading Control,” Automation in Construction, 98, pp. 122-131, DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2018.11.022.
  • Xu, J. and Yoon, H.-S., 2018, “Sliding Mode Control of Hydraulic Excavator for Automated Grading Operation,” SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, 11(2), DOI: 4271/02-11-02-0010.
  • Young, K., Jones, R., Hamley, A.J., Stoddard, J., Foust, T., Puzinauskas, P., and Yoon, H.-S., 2018, “Development of a Catalytic Converter Cool-Down Model to Investigate Intermittent Engine Operation in HEVs,” SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains, 7(2), DOI:4271/08-07-02-0009.
  • McGehee, J. and Yoon, H.-S., 2015, “Optimal Control of a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle using Genetic Algorithms,” Proceedings of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 229(7), pp.875-884, DOI: 1177/0954407014548739.
  • Thompson, B. and Yoon, H.-S., 2015, “Continued Development of a High-Fidelity 1D Physics-Based Engine Simulation Model in MATLAB/Simulink,” SAE 2015 World Congress, Apr. 21 – 23, Detroit, MI, DOI: 4271/2015-01-1619.

Honors and Awards:

  • NSF Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions
  • College of Engineering Faculty Productivity Award, Tennessee Tech University