It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the sudden passing of our esteemed colleague, Dr. Kibum Kim, who tragically left us just a week ago in his apartment. Dr. Kibum Kim joined the Purdue Underground Infrastructure Team (UIT) at the end of 2022, and later transitioned to  a postdoctoral research position at the Purdue SIMPLE Lad in late 2023.

Dr. Kibum Kim was a hard worker and a true expert in the field of asset management. His dedication and expertise made significant contributions to our team’s efforts. He tirelessly pursued excellence in his work, leaving an indelible mark on all those who had the privilege of working alongside him.

Dr. Kibum Kim was not only a diligent colleague but also an active participant in industry conferences across the United States. He showcased his expertise on numerous occasions, leaving a lasting impression on those who attended. Additionally, he authored a notable article titled “Asset Management for Waterworks in South Korea: Trends and Case Study” for the inaugural edition of the BAMI-I Journal.

His sudden departure has left a void in our hearts that cannot be filled. We will fondly remember Dr. Kibum Kim for his hard work, expertise, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Rest in peace, Dr. Kibum Kim. You will be deeply missed.