Kunhee Choi

Kunhee (KC) Choi
, Ph.D., M.ASCE

Chancellor EDGES Fellow
Endowed Cecil O. Windsor Jr. ‘66 Professor
Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)
Associate Editor, Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE
Specialty Editor, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE
Texas A&M University
Francis Hall 310
College Station, TX 77843-3137
Tel: 979-458-4458
Email: kchoi (at) tamu (dot) edu

Dr. Kunhee (KC) Choi is a Chancellor EDGES Professor in the Department of Construction Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008, a Master of Science in Construction Management (COSC) at Texas A&M and a Bachelor of Engineering at Korea University. He 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 by working to improve public safety and mobility across cities and beyond

Dr. Choi’s research interests have centered on improving the adaptive capacity of the legacy transportation system by creating and testing cyber-enabled systems to empower digital twinning intelligence, which ultimately revolutionizes the way we reside, work, commute, and travel. His research is ground-breaking and of utmost significance to multiple key areas related to the renewal of nation’s aging transportation systems, and his work showcases for the world what an outstanding research, discovery, and teaching looks like. For the third consecutive year, from 2013 through 2015, Dr. Choi received an Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM). In addition to his extensive activity as a reviewer, Dr. Choi serves on editorial boards of several leading academic journals and is currently an associate (specialty) editor for the JCEM and the Journal of Management in Engineering, both published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

Dr. Choi’s research interests fall into four (4) key areas that address unique spectrum of challenges and issues facing state transportation agencies, daily commuters, and business enterprises, such as: (1) artificial intelligence mobility-safety (AIMs) for creating unified and generalizable data-driven solutions that can autonomously predict mobility and safety impacts of highway construction projects under lane closures, (2) cost-time-change-risk-production tradeoff analyses of different types, sizes and complexities of projects built under different alternative contracting methods (ACMs), (3) infrastructure sustainability (IS) from the perspectives of life-cycle assessment and life-cycle cost analysis, and (4) civil integrated planning and management (CIPM) through stochastic simulations, construction economics, and contingency analysis. Dr. Choi's research has been funded by a combination of federal and state funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, 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. 

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.

  • 2020 Chancellor EDGES Fellow
  • Associate Department Head, 2019-2020
  • Chair of the Best Paper Award Committee for the ASCE’s Journal of Management in Engineering, 2018
  • Chair of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, 2019-2020 [COSC Strategic Plan 2020-2025]
  • Chair of the 2020 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) for the College of Architecture
  • Chair of the Strategic Faculty Hire & Search Committee,  2017
  • ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award of 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Fluor 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  
  • President  of the Korean-American Construction Engineering and Project Management Association (KACEPMA), 2017-2018    

When it comes to teaching, Dr. Choi treasures the integrative aspects of construction management and strives to spark students to engage in transformational learning and interdisciplinary critical thinking. Dr. Choi provides truly significant innovative and transformational learning benefits to his students at Texas A&M. He is a dedicated teacher and educator who works tirelessly to expand and enhance the program and lead the department’s strategic planning efforts. His teaching has been recognized by three prestigious teaching awards. He was selected as the Flour Educator of the Year in 2013 and 2015. In addition, he was named the university-wide Montague-CTE Scholar given by the Center for Teaching Excellence for outstanding teaching performance. 

<A full CV is available upon request>

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