The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to welcome Dr. Juyeong Choi to its ranks as an assistant professor in the area of infrastructure sustainability and construction engineering. Choi comes to us from Purdue University, where he received master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering, with a focus on construction engineering. He also holds a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the University of Seoul in South Korea.
Choi’s research interests include sustainability and disaster risk reduction. His research group is pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to intelligent planning for smart cities, including capital rehabilitation planning, project management and infrastructure planning. For his master’s research, Choi developed a functional stress-strain framework to quantitatively understand post-disaster operation of civil infrastructure for mitigation planning. During his doctoral studies, he further expanded the proposed stress-strain framework to address strain capacity needs of multiple domains of post-disaster infrastructure systems that are modeled within seven interrelated layers: civil, civic, social, financial, environmental, educational and cyber layers.
Based on his interdisciplinary research, Choi developed a decision support system for flood-prone hospitals that facilitates capacity building planning for potential flood events. In addition to his graduate research, Choi has participated in construction data analytics under the framework of the Purdue Index for Construction project and in two web-based public initiatives: the Academic Breakthrough and Emerging Construction Technologies, both of which were designed as media by which to access cutting-edge research and applications in the construction-engineering academic and industry communities, respectively.
Since joining the college in August 2018, Choi has collaborated with Drs. Tarek Abichou and Eren Ozguven on improving emergency management and post-disaster community response. In the wake of the devastation left across the Florida panhandle by Hurricane Michael, the three professors received a Quick Response Grant from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder to collect data on the support provided by long-term shelters and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Additional information is available here.
In the fall 2019, Choi will teach an online class in Project Controls in Construction, part of the department’s growing online Master of Engineering program. Additional information on this and other course options will be available in spring 2019.