Dr. Byungik Chang joined the Department of Mechanical, Civil, and Environmental Engineering as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in Fall 2013. Dr. Chang’s background and research activities are in the areas of structural engineering, wind engineering, and wind energy. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil engineering from Iowa State University in 2002, 2004, and 2007, respectively. Dr. Chang was also awarded his MBA degree from West Texas A&M University in 2012. His doctoral work focused on addressing a critical need related to the unexpected failure of slender light poles. Prior research from his master’s degree work at Iowa State University included design verification, behavior analysis, and nonlinear modeling of an incrementally launched bridge to obtain roller-girder contact stresses using the finite element method.
Before Dr. Byungik Chang joined the University of New Haven, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science and a Director of the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Chang also worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation for two years. He is a registered professional engineer in Arizona.
Dr. Byungik Chang and his wife, Hyesun (Sunny) Cheong, have two children: Eugene and Justin. Dr. Chang enjoys playing tennis, basketball, racquetball, soccer, and other sports.