Lieutenant Colonel Ted Kim
Lieutenant Colonel Ted T. Kim is an Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. In this position, Lieutenant Colonel Kim teaches general chemistry and mentors future Air Force and Space Force leaders.
Lt Col Kim commissioned through the Officer Training School (OTS) program in 2003. He has served both the Air Force and Space Force as deputy division chief, branch chief, country director, political-military strategist (PAS), executive officer, program/portfolio manager, engineer and foreign threat analyst. Prior to assuming his current position, Lt Col Kim was a Deputy Division Chief at the Space Systems Center of the United States Space Force, where he led more than 250 Guardian program managers and engineers in developing a next-generation space ground capability that revolutionizes our country’s ability to fight a war that extends into space.
M.S. in Military Operational Art & Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (2015)
Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2009)
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (2002)
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1999)
Air War College (by correspondence) (2019)
Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL (in residence) (2015)
Squadron Officer School (SOS) (by correspondence) (2010)
Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL (2004)
Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL (2003)
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO (2022-Present)
Deputy Chief, Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) Division, Space Systems Center (SSC), United States Space Force (USSF), Los Angeles AFB, CA (2021-2022)
Branch Chief, Systems Engineering, Enterprise Ground Services (EGS), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles AFB, CA (2020-2021)
Principal Mission Manager, Enterprise Ground Services (EGS), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles AFB, CA (2018-2020)
Theater Security Cooperation Portfolio Manager, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI (2016-2018)
Country Director for Japan, Chile & Colombia, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI (2015-2016)
Student, Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, AL (2014-2015)
Lead Engineer for Contract 2, Air Force Integrated Personnel and Pay System (AF-IPPS) Program Management Office, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA (2013-2014)
Program Control Lead, Global Combat Support System – Air Force (GCSS-AF) Program Management Office, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA (2013)
Chief Engineer, Command and Control (C2) Experimentation, Joint Expeditionary Forces Experiments (JEFX), Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA (2011-2013)
Lead Ceramic Composites Engineer, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2008-2011)
Executive Officer, 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Group, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Joint Base Balad, Iraq (2010-2011)
Ph.D Candidate, Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2004-2008)
Technical Advisor to Counterintelligence Task Force at AFOSI 1st Field Investigation Region, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2003-2004)
Foreign Air Threat Analyst, National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2003-2004)
Honors & Awards
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leave cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leave cluster
Research and Scholarly Interests
Structural materials and their characterizations
High temperature materials
Ceramic Matrix Composite
Effect of oxidation on combustion materials
T.T. Kim, S. Mall, L.P. Zawada and G.J. Jefferson, “Simultaneous Fatigue and Combustion Exposure of a SiC/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composite,” Journal of Composite Materials, 44(25): 2991-3016.
T.T. Kim, S. Mall and L.P. Zawada, “Fatigue Behavior of Hi-Nic-S/BN/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites under a Combustion Environment,” International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 8(2): 261-272.
T.T. Kim, S. Mall and L.P. Zawada, “Fatigue Characterization of Melt-Infiltrated (MI) Woven Hi-Nic-S/BN/SiC CMC Using a Unique Combustion Heating Test Facility,” in Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites IV, eds D. Singh, W.M. Kriven and J. Salem, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA
T.T. Kim, S. Mall and L.P. Zawada, “Thermomechanical and Fatigue Testing of Woven and Prepreg MI Hi-Nic-S/BN/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) Using a Unique Combustion Materials Test Facility,” Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM-17), Edinburgh, UK, July 27-31, 2009.