Dr. Youngguk Seo

Research Narrative

In the laboratory, Dr. Seo investigates the characteristics of multi-phased paving materials such as asphalt concrete and cement concrete mixtures that reveal elastic, plastic, viscoelastic and viscoplastic behaviors under various combinations of mechanical and environmental loadings. Focusing on fracture and fatigue failures, Dr. Seo has developed models to predict them better in the field as well as to supplement pavement design guides and pavement management systems. Since 2004, Dr. Seo's research has expanded into full-scale field experiments and led multiple national projects at the Korea Expressway Corporation Test Road (KECTR) - 7.7 km long highway test road - in South Korea. His fieldwork laid the foundation for calibration and validation of the mechanistic-empirical pavement design. From 2013 to 2014, as a pavement engineer at Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Dr. Seo conducted a performance ranking research for recycled pavement materials such as Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) using Accelerated Loading Facilities (ALF). Dr. Seo's research interests also include the design and building of sustainable infrastructure, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission quantification during construction and operation of highways, and snow melting using new and renewable energy sources. Find out more (research website)


Academic positions
Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University, 08. 2014 – present
Adjunct Professor, Kyonggi University, Korea, 03.2009 – 02.2010
Part-time Lecturer, Kyonggi University, Korea, 08.2006 – 03.2009
Research positions
Pavement Engineer, TFHRC of Federal Highway Administration, SES Group, 02.2013 – 08.2014
Deputy Research Director, Korea Expressway Corporation, 02.2006 – 02.2013
Researcher, Korea Expressway Corporation, 02.1996 – 02.2006
Postdoc Research Associate, North Carolina State University, 08.2003 – 04.2004
Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University, 01.2000 – 08.2003
Graduate Research Assistant, Seoul National University, 03.1994 – 02.1996
Affiliate positions
Brain Pool Scholar, Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, 05.2015-08.2015
Visiting Scholar, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, 10.2015 – 03.2016
Visiting Scholar, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, 01.2007 - 02.2007
Civil Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 10.1997 – 12.1997

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award. KSU Foundation, 11.2018
Brain Pool Program Award, KOFST, 05.2015
KSCE Award, Korean Society of Civil Engineers, No. 2010-257, 01.2011
Best Paper Award, Korean Society of Civil Engineers, No. 2008-120, 10.2008
Best Paper Award, Korean Society of Road Engineers, No. 08-20, 10.2008
Best Young Researcher Award,Korean Society of Civil Engineers, No. 346, 01.2007
Best Researcher Award, Ministry of Construction and Transportation, 04.2006
Ward K. Parr/Association of Asphalt Paving TechnologistsScholarship,07.2002
Summa Cum Laude, University of Seoul, 02.1993