Projects and Awards

Projects at UNLV

Ongoing Projects

  1. UTC: Research and Education in Promoting Safety (REPS) (Co-PI), Howard University, 6/01/2023 – 5/30/2024 
  2. Smart Technology Implementation for Traffic Records Data Quality Improvements (PI), Office of Traffic Safety, 10/01/2023 – 9/30/2024 (phase 2)
  3. Emergency Response and Evacuation Training for Active Shooter Events (Co-PI), NSF, 10/01/2021 – 9/30/2024
  4. Development of Multi-Rotor-UAV-based Rail Track Irregularity Monitoring and Measuring Platform with Image and LIDAR Sensors (Co-PI), USDOT Railroad University Transportation Center, 5/15/2021 – 9/30/2024
  5. Enhancing Critical Transitions in Undergraduate Civil Engineering (Co-PI) , National Science Foundation, 10/01/2019 – 9/30/2025
  6. Developing Acoustic Technology to Detect Transverse Defects in Rail at high Speed (PI), USDOT Railroad University Transportation Center, 7/1/2019 – 9/30/2023

Completed Projects

  1. Smart Technology Implementation for Traffic Records Data Quality Improvements, Office of Traffic Safety, 10/01/2022 – 9/30/2023 (phase 1)
  2. AI Analyzer for Revealing Insights of Traffic Crashes (PI), NCHRP, 7/01/2021 – 6/30/2023
  3. Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act: Digitizer Enabled Teaching (PI), UNLV, 4/15/2021 – 3/31/2022
  4. Galena Creek Bridge Health Monitoring Instrumentation (PI), Nevada Department of Transportation, 2/13/2019 – 3/31/2022; Final Report “Galena Creek Bridge Health Monitoring Instrumentation”under P743-18-803.
  5. Embedded safety communication system for robust hazard perception of individuals in work zones (PI), the Center for Construction Research and Training, CPWR through NIOSH, 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019, completed; Final Report “Embedded Safety Communication System for Robust Hazard Perception of Individuals in Work Zones
  6. Sensory addition for construction workers (PI), UNLV’s NSF local I-corps program, 11/1/2017 – 12/31/2018, completed

Past Projects at Georgia Tech

I worked on the following projects during my Ph.D. studies at Georgia Tech.

  • Improving Work Zone Safety Utilizing a New Mobile Proximity Sensing Technology (CPWR)
  • A Low-Cost Mobile Proximity Warning System in Highway Work Zone Safety (NCHRP IDEA)
  • Building Information Model-Driven Real-Time Mobile Asset Tracking System for Construction Safety (NSF ICorps)
  • BIM-integrated Wireless Localization Technology for Construction Management and Communication (DBL)
  • Active Work Zone Safety Using Emerging Technologies (GDOT)
  • Effectiveness study of UNL’s pneumatic crack/joint preparation device (NDOR)


  • Junior Faculty Award of year 2022 by the Korean American Construction Engineering and Project Management Association
  • 2022 Distinguished Researcher Award by the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at UNLV
  • Paper Awards
    1. 2018 Best Paper Award in the 35th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction
    2. Outstanding Paper in the 21st International Conference on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (2016)
  • Reviewer Recognition
    1. 2016 Outstanding Reviewer in the Journal of Management in Engineering
    2. 2018 Outstanding Contribution in Revising from Advanced Engineering Informatics
    3. 2018 Outstanding Contribution in Revising from Automation in Construction