Associate Professor
Holder of History Maker Homes Professorship
Department of Construction Science
College of Architecture
Texas A&M University


Where I am from

I am originally from South Korea. I was born and raised in Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea. I went to Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and earned my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 1986. I also earned my Master's degree from Yonsei University in 1988, for which I wrote the thesis on "Cumulative Damage of Plain Concrete under Dynamic Loading Condition", under the supervision of Dr. K. J. Byun.

10 Years in the Nuclear Power Plant Industry

Upon receiving the Master's degree, I joined TongYang Cement Research Institute in South Korea, where I worked for about a year on various research projects including high-strength concrete development. Then I moved to KEPCO Engineering in South Korea in 1989, where I worked on various projects including new power plant feasibility study, 150,000-ton coal carrier terminal design, and 765KV transmission tower design. I also led the effort, as civil engineer, to develop the Integrated Project Information Management System (IPIMS), which is identical to Building Information Modeling (BIM) in essence, along other engineers from various areas.

Web-based 4D Construction Visualization

In 1998, I went to Texas A&M University to pursue my Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. I worked on "Web-based 4D Construction Visualization" under the supervision of Dr. Stuwart Anderson, and earned my Ph.D. degree in 2001. Upon receiving my Ph.D. degree, I joined the Department of Construction Science, and became tenured associate professor in 2008.

BIM and Industrial Capstone

Currently, I am teaching COSC 461 Building Information Modeling (BIM) and COSC 443 Industrial Capstone for undergraduate students. For graduate students, I am teaching COSC 650 Advanced Construction Visualization. Other courses I taught since I joined the Construction Science Department include Construction Methods and Materials, Soils in Construction, Advanced Construction Project Schedule and Management, and Construction Management Communication. Click [HERE], if you want to know more about the courses I have been teaching.


I am interested in investigating how emerging technologies change our decision making process in the course of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of commercial buildings, heavy civil structures, and process plants. I have been working on various funded research projects in the area of Design Automation, Building Information Modeling, and Unmanned Aerial System. In 2011, I developed the BIM CAVE, which is Computer Aided Virtual Environment for BIM, with my graduate students to enhance our experience in reviewing a Building Information Model in an immersive environment. Click [HERE], if you want to know more about my research and graduate students I have been working with.

BIM Texas Alliance and BIM Conferences

I established a BIM Texas Alliance with industry leaders from the GSA Region 7, City of Dallas, US Army Corps of Engineers, Methodist Health System in Houston, and MD Anderson. As director of BIM Texas Alliance, I am currently developing a guideline that will help public construction users better evaluate the company's level of proficiency on BIM.  To help industry practitioners better understand BIM, I have hosted BIM Conferences in 2009, 2010, and 2012 in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. Click [HERE], if you want to know more about my service to the community.

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Construction students wow industry pros with BIM video presentations / May 5, 2009

A group of graduate and undergraduate students from Texas A&M’s Department of Construction Science impressed an audience that included George Pontikes Jr., president and CEO of Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, Inc., as they presented Building Information Modeling-based videos of the construction process at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. [Full Story]