Theodore Kim

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Theodore Kim is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Yale University. His research deals with the realistic simulation of various natural phenomena, such as fire, water, clothing, skin, and muscle. Previously, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Pixar Research, and the numerical methods he developed have appeared in Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2, and Coco. Prior to Pixar, he was an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there, he received a 2012 Scientific and Technical Academy Award for developing the wavelet turbulence method of fluid simulation, which is used by studios around the world, and has appeared in over two dozen movies. He received his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.