Joshua Kim started his freshman year at Arizona State University in the fall of 2020. Fresh off of a mission trip to the Philippines and full of excitement for his brand new adventure at ASU, he could not have anticipated the curveball life was about to throw at him. On top of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joshua was seriously injured in a car crash in his first semester of school.

Now recovered, he is a well-rounded student in Barrett, the Honors College and a member of the Sun Devil Breaking Club. This organization keeps the culture and tradition of breaking (more commonly known as “breakdancing”) alive and well at ASU.

Prior to his accident, Joshua participated in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program as part of a team that designed a photovoltaic system for the University of Central Florida campus. The team had reached the finals of the national competition held by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) before Joshua had to withdraw from the team due to his injuries.

After graduation, he will teach at the Navy Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina when he graduates. He also conducted research into neuromorphic accelerators in the summer of 2021 with electrical engineering Associate Professor Matthew Marinella.

Joshua’s advice for students:

“Never be afraid to ask questions or go to office hours. Professors and TAs cannot help you if they do not understand that you need help.”

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