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Tae-Hyuk Kwon

Tae-Hyuk Kwon

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu,Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea
Office: 82-42-350-3628
FAX : 82-42-350-3610

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Ph.D    08/2008    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Deajeon, Korea.

M.Sc    02/2004    KAIST, Deajeon, Korea.

B.Sc    08/2002    KAIST, Deajeon, Korea.


05/2013-Present    Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST, Korea.

09/2011-05/2013    Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State                                    University, Pullman, WA, USA.

07/2009-07/2011    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth Science Division, LBNL, Berkeley, USA

09/2008-06/2009    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST,                                    Korea

01/2005-11/2005    Visiting Scholar, in Geosystems Engineering Program, School of Civil and Environmental                                        Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

09/2002-08/2008    Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST,                                     Korea


Main Research Directions
: (1) energy and sustainable geotechnology, (2) biogeophysics and microbially engineered bio-soils, (3) physics and mechanics of porous and particulate materials, and (4) near-surface geophysical characterization and smart sensor application.

Methodology: theoretical/experimental studies of particle-level, pore-scale and macro-scale phenomena in particulate materials and porous media (mechanical, chemical, thermal, electrical, hydrological, and biological). Experimentation involves distinct laboratory devices and procedures, with emphasis on low-perturbation wave-based characterization and process monitoring (both elastic and electromagnetic waves), X-ray CT imageries (both micro- and core-scales), and related inverse problems.

Problems: resource recovery (petroleum, natural gas, EOR, methane hydrate, shale gas), geo-environment (geologic CO2 storage, soil remediation), and engineering systems (soil improvement, dynamic soil response, underground excavations).


ExCEEd 2012 Teaching Fellowship (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education). June 2012. The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop is a six-day practicum that provides engineering educators with an opportunity to improve their teaching abilities. It is funded by a grant from the ASCE Foundation. Each year, about 50 applicants are selected, based primarily on the extent to which their individual needs, motivations, and commitment to attend are consistent with the focus of the workshop.

Travel Funds For USUCGER 1st Early Career Geotechnical Engineering Conference. July 2012. USD750.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), 08/2009-07/2010, KRW23,000,000. 

International Research Internship by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF), 01/2005-11/2005, USD19,151.

National Scholarship from Ministry of Science and Technology (BS, MS, PhD courses), 1998-2008.