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Byungik Chang
Associate Professor
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Mechanical/Civil & Environmental Engineering
Buckman Hall

    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.

Academic Credentials


    M.B.A in General Business, West Texas A&M University
    Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), Iowa State University
    M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), Iowa State University
    B.S. in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University

      Selected Publications

      Miller and  B. Chang,  G. Chen, and R. Issa (2013). “Review of Computer-Aided Numerical Simulation in Wind Energy.” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 25, 122-134.

      D. Leer,  B. Chang , G. Chen, D. Carr, K. Starcher, and R. Issa (2013).  “Windtane Contour Map of the State of Texas.” Renewable Energy,  58, 140-150.

      B. Chang,  K. Mirtalaei, S. Lee, and K. Leitch (2012). “Optimization of Post-Tensioned Box Girder Bridges with Special References to Use of High Strength Concrete Using AASHTO LRFD Method.” Advances in Civil Engineering, 2012, July.

      B. Chang,  K. Mirtalaei, S. Lee, and K. Leitch (2012). “Structural Behavior and Design of Barrier-Overhang Connection in Concrete Bridge Superstructures Using AASHTO LRFD Method.” Advances in Civil Engineering, 2012, July.

      R. Issa and  B. Chang (2012). “Performance Prediction of a Multi-Stage Wind Tower for Indoor Cooling.” Journal of Thermal Science, 21(4).

      B. Chang , P. P. Sarkar, and B. M. Phares (2010). “Aerodynamic Model in Time-domain for Predicting Aerodynamic Loads on a Slender Support Structure.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 136(6), 736-746.

      B. Chang , B. M. Phares, P. P. Sarkar, and T. J. Wipf (2009). “Development of a Procedure for Fatigue Design of Slender Support Structures Subjected to Wind-induced Vibration.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2131, 23-33.

        Teaching Interests

        Dr. Chang's teaching interests are in structural analysis, steel/reinforced concrete design, bridge design, wind engineering, and others. He has been teaching fundamentals of engineering, statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, steel design, computer-aided structural analysis, computer-aided draft design, robotics, computer programming, and plastics and composites.

        Research Interests

        Dr. Chang’s research has been focused on structural engineering, wind engineering, and wind energy. His strength is in numerical modeling and structural analysis for civil engineering applications.  He has worked on several state highway agency projects assisted by graduate and undergraduate students.