Dr. Yong Rak Kim

Associate Professor and McNeel Endowed Chair
362K WHIT
Lincoln, NE 68583-0856
Phone: 402-472-1727
fax: 402-472-8934
ykim3@unl.edu


Bio

  • Dr. Yong-Rak Kim is an associate professor of Civil Engineering and McNeel professor of engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University in 1999 and 2003, respectively.

    Dr. Kim has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous research projects. His research endeavors have resulted in an approximate total of $3.0 million ($2.4 million as a principal investigator) in external funds over the last six years. His primary research has been in the varoius areas such as the mechanistic constitutive modeling of geomaterials, performance prediction and evaluation of civil infrastructure systems, and green highway/pavement engineering. Dr. Kim has written 30 refereed journal papers and over 25 conference papers and research reports. In 2007 he was awarded the CAREER grant from National Science Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Award in 2006 adn the Nomination of the Best Paper K.B. Woods Award at the 2004 TransportationResearch Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. He received the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award from the College of Engineering in 2007 and the Faculty Recognition Award from the Department of Civil Engineering in 2009, in recognition of his research/creavtive accomplishments.

    Dr. Kim is currently an active member of many professional societies, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), the Geo-Institute (G-I), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Association of Asphalt pavements (ISAP), and the Korean Society of Pavement Engineers (KSPE). He has also performed various regional-national-international technical committee services.

Education
2003 Ph.D. Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1999 M.S. Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1997 B.S. Civil Engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Research Associate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University

Selected Publications
2011 Integrated Experimental-Numerical Approach to Estimate Material-Specific Moisture Damage Characteristics of Binder-Aggregate Interface
published in Transportation Research Record
2011 Cohesive Zone Model to Predict Fracture in Bituminous Materials and Asphaltic Pavements: State-of-the-Art Review
published in International Journal of Pavement Engineering
2011 A Micromechanical Model for Heterogeneous Asphalt Concrete Mixtures Subjected to Fracture Failure
published in Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
2011 Integrated Experimental-Numerical Approach for Estimating Material-Specific Moisture Damage Characteristics of Binder-Aggregate Interface
published in Journal of the Transportation Research Board
2011 A Two-Way Coupled Multiscale Model for Predicting Damage-Dependent Mechanical Behavior of Roadway Materials and Mixtures
published in Proceeding of 2011 NSF-CMMI Research and Innovation Conference
2010 Damage Modeling of Bituminous Mixtures Considering Mixture Microstructure, Viscoelasticity, and Cohesive Zone Fracture
published in Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering
2010 Impact of Warm-Mix Asphalt (WMA)
published in MATC Final Report
2010 Semi - Empirical, Analytical, and Computational Predictions of Dynamic Modulus of Asphalt Concrete Mixtures
published in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2181
2010 Modeling Fracture and Failure of Heterogeneous and Inelastic Asphaltic Materials Using the Cohesive Zone Concept and the Finite Element Method
published in Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE
2010 Multiscale Modeling of Bituminous Mixtures Considering Material Viscoelasticity and Cohesive Zone Fracture
published in Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE
2010 Semi-Empirical, Analytical, and Computational Predictions of Dynamic Modulus of Asphalt Concrete Mixtures
published in Transportation Research Record, TRB
2010 Modeling of Asphaltic Materials Subjected to Nonlinear Viscoelastic Fracture
published in 2010 GeoFlorida Conference
2009 Determining Representative Volume Elements of Asphalt Concrete Mixtures without Damage
published in Transportation Research Record
2009 Computational Model for Predicting Nonlinear Viscoelastic Damage Evolution in Materials Subjected to Dynamic Loading
published in Composites Part B - Engineering
2009 Advanced Quality Control Methods for Road Paving Construction by Utilizing Sensory Devices
published in Proceedings of ASCE, 2009 Construction Research Congress (CRC) conference
2009 Effects of Aggregate Angularity on Mix Design Characteristics and Pavement Performance
published in NDOR Final Report
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Selected Projects
Evaluation of Dowel Bar Inserter Practices in PCC Pavements with Magnetic Tomography Technology
Design and Evaluation of Modified Centerline Rumble Strips
NDOR Nebraska Data Collection
Research on High-RAP Asphalt Mixtures with Rejuvenators and WMA Additives
NDOR Research on Roadway Performance and Distresses at Low Temperature
Truck Load Impact on Pavement - Phase III
Impact of Truck Loading on Design and Analysis of Asphaltic Pavement Structures - Phase II
NDOR Layer Moduli of Nebraska Pavements for the New Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide
NDOR Implementation of Warm-Mix Asphalt (WMA) Mixtures in Nebraska Pavements
Impact of Truck Loading on Design and Analysis of Asphaltic Pavement Structures
NDOR Moisture Sensitivity of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Mixtures in Nebraska - Phase II
NDOR Effects of Aggregate Angularity on Mix Design Characteristics and Pavement Performance
Investigation of Asphalt Pavement Analyzer (APA) Testing Program in Nebraska
Impact of Truck Loading on Design and Analysis of Asphaltic Pavement Structures-Phase IV
NDOR Research on Fatigue of Asphalt Mixture
Evaluation of Tack Coating Practices for Asphalt Overlays in Nebraska
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Awards
2009 Faculty Recognition Award, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2008 McNeel Endowed Chair (Junior Faculty Level): College of Engineering, University of Nebraksa-Lincoln
2007 - 2012 NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2007 Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER), National Science Foundation (NSF)
2007 College Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awward, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2006 Best Paper Walter J. Emmons Award, Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT)
2004 Nomination of Best Paper K.B. Woods Award, Transportation Research Board (TRB)