Dr. Youngguk Seo


Brief Narrative
My research interest lies in both laboratory and full scale field evaluation of construction materials and road structures. In laboratory, I characterize the performance of engineering materials that reveal elastic, plastic and viscoelastic responses under a variety of loading and environmental conditions. Hydraulic losing machines (UTM and MTS) and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) are utilized to develop and validate the performance models in the context of both continuum damage mechanics and fracture mechanics. Since 2004, I have led multiple research projects that involved the full scale road tests at the Korea Expressway Corporation Test Road (KECTR) and a performance ranking of recycled pavement materials at Accelerated Loading Facilities (ALF) laboratory of Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC), FHWA. I am also interested in the application of new and renewable energy sources to enhance the function and durability of road infrastructure such as bridges and pavements subjected to severe snow and ice events.     

Research Appointments

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Kennesaw State University (SPSU)
August 2014 – Present, Marietta GA 30060

Pavement Engineer
Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
February 2013 – July 2014, McLean VA 22101
Deputy Research Director
Expressway and Transportation Research Institute of Korea Expressway Corporation
February 1996 – February 2013, Hwseong, Korea
Visiting Structural Engineer 
NDE Laboratory, MIT
October 1997 – December 1997, Boston, MA