Jiwon Kim

I am a first-year PhD student in CSE at the University of Michigan, under the guidance of Prof. Paul Grubbs in the Applied Cryptography Group. My research interest lies at applying cryptography in systems to enhance security and privacy; specifically, I am interested in secure messaging and zero-knowledge proof.

Before diving into a PhD program, I worked three and half years in the software industry. I was a software engineer at Kakao Corporation, the largest social media company in South Korea with 60M+ users. Additionally, I also worked as a researcher at Samsung SDS Blockchain Research Lab.

I received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and B.A. in History Education from Seoul National University in 2020.

News 🦁

  • Aug 2023 Starting my PhD program at the University of Michigan
  • Jul 2023 Selected as the recipient of the Korean Government Scholarship ($80,000)
  • May 2023 Released a new service at Kakao - Student ID Card

Education 🎓

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PhD in Computer Science and Engineering
Expected 2028
Seoul National University
BS in Computer Science and Engineering
Feb 2020
Seoul National University
BA in History Education
Feb 2020

Research 📝

Experience 🏢

Kakao Corp.
Wallet Development Team
May 2021 - Jul 2023
Samsung SDS
Blockchain Research Lab
Jan 2020 - Apr 2021
Samsung SDS
Student Researcher
Jun 2019 - Dec 2019