Youngguk Seo

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Dr Seo

Degrees and Appointments
B.S. (Civil Engineering), University of Seoul, 1993; M.S.(Civil Engineering -  Structural), Seoul National University, 1996; Ph.D (Civil Engineering - Transportation Materials), North Carolina State University, 2003. Researcher (1996 - 2006) and Deputy Research Director (2006 - 2013) at Expressway and Transportation Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC), Korea; Pavement Engineer at Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 2013 - 2014; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, 2014 - 2020; Director of Georgia Pavement and Transportation Research Center (GPTRC website), 2019 - 2023; Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, 2020 - present

Research Overview 
Youngguk Seo is interested in the characterization of multi-phased transportation materials such as asphalt concrete, Portland cement concrete, and foundation soils. Research tools include Accelerated Loading Facilities (ALF) at TFHRC and a full-scale testroad at ETRI of KEC. His research topics also cover the design and building of sustainable infrastructure, greenhouse gas emission quantification during construction and operation of highways, and snow melting using new and renewable energy sources. Find out more from his personal research website.

Research Keywords
Transportation materials; full-scale testing; sustainability; road policy and specifications; geothermal energy

Pavement Engineer, TFHRC of FHWA, SES Group, 02.2013 – 08.2014
Deputy Research Director, KEC, 02.2006 – 02.2013
Researcher, KEC, Korea 02.1996 – 02.2006
Brain Pool Scholar, Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, Korea, 05.2015 – 08.2015
Visiting Scholar, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, Korea,10.2015 – 03.2016
Visiting Scholar, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, Korea, 01.2007 – 02.2007
Civil Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 10.1997 – 12.1997

Google Citation

Research Gate

Selected Publications

  • Seo, Y. and U.J. Seo. Ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems for horticulture greenhouses adjacent to highway interchanges: A case study in South Korea, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, (01.2021)

  • Seo, Y., J.H. Kim, and U.J. Seo. Eco-friendly snow melting systems developed for modern expressways, ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 47(5): 3432–3447 (9/10 2019)

  • Seo, Y., U.J. Seo, and J.H. Kim. Economic feasibility of ground source heat pump system deployed in expressway service area. Geothermics 76: 220-230 (07.2018) 

  • H.J. Oh, Y.K. Cho, Seo, Y., and S.M. Kim. Experimental evaluation of longitudinal behavior of continuously reinforced concrete pavement depending on base type, Construction and Building Materials 114: 374-382 (07.2016)

  • Seo, Y. and S.M. Kim. Estimation of greenhouse gas emissions from road traffic: A case study in Korea. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 28: 777-787 (12.2013)

Selecte Research Grants 

  • Optimizing Winter Roadway Treatment for Georgia Pavements, PI, GDOT RP 18-28 (subcontract to Georgia Southern University), 2019 - 2020 

  • Best Policies and Regulations for the Performance Enhancement of Highway Pavement in Korea, PI, Korea Expressway Corporation, Korea, 2016 - 2017

  • Development of Materials and Construction Technology for Cool and Porous Pavement, PI, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea, 2015 - 2016

  • Energy Harvesting Technologies for Road Pavement, PI (Brain Pool Scholar at KICT), Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, 05.2015 - 08.2015

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Scholarship Award, SPCEET, KSU, 02.2022
  • 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 Technologists Scholarship, 07.2002
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Seoul, 02.1993
    Curriculum Vitae