Kunhee (KC) Choi, Ph.D., M.ASCE
Cecil Windsor Endowed Associate Professor, Department of Construction Science
Associate Research Scientist, Mobility Analysis Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)
Associate Editor, Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE
Assistant Specialty Editor, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE
Texas A&M University
Francis Hall 305
College Station, TX 77843-3137
Email: kchoi (at) email (dot) tamu (dot) edu
Dr. Kunhee (KC) Choi directs i2dEAS LAB with a clear vision to research, create, test, and validate tools, methods, and strategies to optimize the efficiency of the transportation systems. Dr. Choi’s research interests fall into five key areas that address unique spectrum of challenges and issues facing state transportation agencies, daily commuters, and business enterprises, such as (1) integrated transportation informatics utilizing sensored big data, (2) decision-support computerized models for the better assessment of infrastructure sustainability, (3) context-aware construction visualization techniques and technologies, (4) performance analysis of different types, sizes and complexities of projects built under various project delivery systems, and (5) construction economics, financing, and valuations.
A member of Texas A&M’s faculty since 2010, Dr. Choi’s interests include transportation informatics and infrastructure construction engineering & management. His work investigates unique building challenges facing state transportation agencies and the business sector as well as the use of information science and technology and modeling to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the U.S. transportation system.
- Outstanding Reviewer of 2013, 2014, and 2015
− by the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Flour Educator of the Year Award for 2013 and 2015
− Earned by having the highest teaching evaluation scores and by a vote of the graduating class, sponsored by Flour Corporation
- Montague CTE-Scholars Award, 2013
− Given annually to one tenure-track assistant professor in each college who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching
"Most of the basic methods and tools for transporting goods and passengers have been around for centuries. Therefore, dramatic progress may be possible by developing groundbreaking decision-support tools or smart systems. For example, advances in transportation informatics that make increased automation possible can result in significantly improved mobility and safety in and between construction work zones." In the area of transportation informatics, he has created, tested, and validated a decision-support model, dubbed “SWAT" (Spatiotemporal Work zone Assessment for Transportation management plan). The SWAT model fully automates and optimizes mobility impact assessments of construction work zones (CWZ) for critical highway infrastructure projects. Once successfully completed, the SWAT model with its novel analytical framework would represent a radical movement forward in the ability of planners to much quickly and efficiently produce accurate CWZ impact assessments for incorporation into transportation management plans. The benefits are in the potential savings of millions of taxpayers’ dollars, and in the development of a reliable method of CWZ impact assessment that would be smarter (producing better mobility, less travel time during lane closures, and less road user cost) and greener (producing less vehicle operating costs and less global warming) than any in existence today.
Dr. Choi's research has been funded by a combination of federal and state funding agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and the Texas Department of Transportation. His work advances existing knowledge and provides practical solutions to the research communities in academia and practitioners in industry. Dr. Choi's research work has also created significant new knowledge in several critical areas, including spatiotemporal data summarization/characterization, construction work zone impacts assessment, alternative technical concepts for accelerating highway rehabilitation, sustainability models for life-cycle assessments and life-cycle cost analysis, etc. His research is ground-breaking and of utmost significance to multiple key areas related to the renewal of nation’s aging transportation infrastructure systems. Dr. Choi’s innovative and imaginative mind has given way to more than 50 original peer-reviewed publications. He joined Texas A&M University as a faculty member in September 2010. He is currently an Associate Professor of the Construction Science Department and the holder of Cecil Windsor Endowed Professorship in Construction Science. He is also an Associate Research Scientist at Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University, he was a researcher for five years in the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies. Dr. Choi earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008, a Master of Science in Construction Management at Texas A&M and a Bachelor of Engineering at Korea University.
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