Hi, my name is Steve Baek. I’m an applied geometer, professor, and entrepreneur interested in geometric data analysis. At the intersection of differential geometry and machine learning, I develop mathematical representations and algorithms for quantifying trends and patterns across geometric objects. My current and past research spans a variety of interdisciplinary subjects including analysis of geometric patterns in physical/biological phenomena (e.g. microstructure morphology of energetic materials, linkage between tumoral/peritumoral geometry and cancer outcome), statistical human body shape analysis, observation-based assessment of human performance/ergonomics, etc. I’ve been serving as a principal investigator of a variety of research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force, NASA, Department of Transportation, Hyundai Motor Company, and others.

I received my B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University (SNU) in 2009 and 2013, respectively, both with the best thesis honor. I received the National Science and Engineering Scholarship and the Global Ph.D. Fellowship from the Korean Ministry of Education during my studies. Until 2015, I was a postdoc at the Institute of Advanced Machines and Design at SNU, during which I was awarded Presidential Postdoc Fellowship by the President of the Republic of Korea. I moved to the United States in 2015 to join the University of Iowa. Since then, I serve as an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Iowa, with courtesy appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Radiation Oncology, and Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences. I direct the Visual Intelligence Laboratory and a member of the National Advanced Driving Simulator. I’m also CTO and co-founder of Inseer, Inc., an Iowa-based startup specializing in computer vision and artificial intelligence.

Outside of my professional work, I love playing baseball and tennis. I played in 2012 SNU League All-Star Games as a first baseman. I also enjoy photography and graphic design.


Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea, 2013.

Thesis: Nonlinear Analysis of the Space of Human Body Shapes and Its Application to Parametric Human Modeling System (Best Thesis Award, Grand Prize from the ‘Society of CAD/CAM Engineers Graduate Thesis Awards’)

B.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea, 2009.

Thesis: A Modeling Method for 3D Face Model Using Single 2D Front-View Image (Best Thesis Honor)

Honors & Awards

Curriculum Vitae

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A comprehensive list of my publications is available here


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