Sungho Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Director of Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory

Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering

The University of Rhode Island


Phone: (401) 874-5431

Prof. Sungho Kim earned his B.S. from SungKyunKwan University, South Korea and M.S. and Ph.D. from Arizona State University, USA, all in Electrical Engineering. In 2011, he joined RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, Kobe, Japan, and he spent 3 years as a researcher. At RIKEN, his research interest included a fully CMOS integrated microelectrode array (CMOS MEA) system for neurophysiology. In 2014, he came back to South Korea and joined Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT). His research topics at SAIT were the development of an ultra-fast (> 1,000 fps) neuromorphic vision sensor (known as dynamic vision sensor, DVS) and neuromorphic computing hardware. In 2019, he returned to the US and joined NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) as an integrated circuit designer for space missions. He was a principal investigator of a readout application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for far-infrared superconducting detectors (Microwave Kinetic Inductance Resonators, MKIDs) for next-generation space telescopes at NASA JPL. Since Fall 2023, he has been an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, the University of Rhode Island (URI). He is a director of Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory (ICDL) at URI, pioneering ICs in harsh environments and neuromorphic computing. His research is currently being supported by NASA and Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Ph.D. Students

Prinsca Kusorgbor

Ph.D. Student — Expected Graduation: Fall 2029

Bio: Prinsca Kusorgbor is from Ghana where she received  bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.)  in Electrical Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2022. She then served as a Teaching and Research assistant for a year(2023) at K.N.U.S.T.
She joined ICDL group in 2024 and is currently working towards her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island.

Education: BS from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Research Interest:
– Readout for superconducting photon detectors
– High-speed analog-to-digital converters
– Optical Communication Systems

MS Students

Sungyoun Seo

MS Student — Expected Graduation: Fall 2025

Bio: Sungyoun Seo graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. During college, he took part in many projects in domains such as AI, blockchain, and web development. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience, leading him to organize several programming classes in local high schools. In 2019, he joined the Robotic System lab at Purdue University where he led an unmanned aerial vehicle(UAV) acoustic detector project. After returning back to Korea, he studied databases optimized for flash memory devices in the Very Large Database Lab at SKKU in 2020 as an undergraduate research assistant. More recently he spent a half year developing a data analysis platform for medical professionals during an internship at Cipherome in San Jose, CA. By combining his passion for developing innovative hardware solutions with his experience as a software engineer, he desires to contribute to advancements in technology.

Education: BS from SungKyunKwan University

Research Interest
– Readout for superconducting photon detectors
– High-speed FFT accelerator
– Neuromorphic processing hardware

Frank Danso

MS Student — Expected Graduation: Fall 2025

Bio: Frank Atobrah Danso is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. With a solid foundation established during his undergraduate studies in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, he has delved into the intricate world of integrated circuits design, specializing in the design of high-speed Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) and power electronics for challenging environments. He is actively engaged in cutting-edge research focused on advancing the performance and reliability of high-speed DACs and exploring solutions to enhance power electronics’ efficiency in challenging conditions. Looking ahead, he envisions a future where his research contributes to advancements in integrated circuits design, making a tangible impact on technology. 

Education: BS from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Research Interest
– Readout for superconducting photon detectors
– High-speed digital-to-analog converters

Undergraduate Students

Joseph Daiaa

Senior Student — Expected Graduation: Spring 2024

Joseph will switch to graduate degrees this Fall in ICDL.

Bio: Joseph Daiaa was born in the United States and will be completing his Bachelor of Science this May in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI). During his time at URI Joseph was a part of the International Engineering Program where he also majored in German as a Bachelor of Arts and Science. This allowed him to travel to Germany to perform a research project and an internship at Siemens AG in Erlangen. Joseph has taken part in many projects that were focused in the design, soldering, and testing of printed circuit boards. He is passionate in learning more in the world of circuitry, primarily focusing on the development of integrated circuits. He looks forward into becoming a graduate student this fall where he can support in the future of new world technologies.

Education: BS from University of Rhode Island

Research Interest
– Cryogenic integrated circuits
– Cryogenic data converters

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