Sung-Hee “Sonny” Kim, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor

Georgia Engineer of the Year

Education
  • Ph.D., Transportation Geotechnics and Materials, Texas A&M University, 2004
  • M.S., Geosystems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Civil Engineering, Inha University, South Korea, 1999
Professional Appointments
  • Professor, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 2022 – present
  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 2016 – 2022
  • Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University, 2012 – 2015
  • Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University, 2007 – 2012
  • Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, 2000 – 2004
  • Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999 – 2000
Other Professional Experience
  • Pavement Engineer, Roy D. McQueen and Associate, 2005 – 2007
  • Geotechnical Engineer, Geotech Engineering and Testing, 2004 – 2005
Awards & Honors
  • Fellow, Geosynthetics Institute (GSI) – 2018
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – 2017
  • 2021 Civil Engineer of the Year – American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Georgia Section
  • 2021 Georgia Engineer of the Year – Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE)
  • Faculty Fellow Award, College of Engineering, University of Georgia – 2019
  • Appreciation Plaque, Egyptian Housing and Building National Research Center – 2018/2019
  • UGA PSO Fellowship Award, Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia – 2018
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, KSU Foundation, Inc – 2015
Areas of Expertise
  • Use of Nondestructive Testing, Remote Sensing, and Machine Learning for Resilient / Sustainable Infrastructure Health Monitoring
  • Climate Resilient Infrastructure | Saltmarsh Restoration
  • Transportation Geotechnics | Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design
Publications
Other Links

Additional Information

Service to Professional Societies
  • Board of Director, Falling Weight Deflectometer User Group (FWDUG)
  • Academic Representative, FHWA’s Asphalt Pavements and Materials Technical Feedback Group (APM-TFG)
  • Member, ASCE Geo-Institute Pavement Committee
  • Member, ASCE T&DI Highway Pavement Committee
  • Member, TRB AKM 80 Aggregates
  • Member, TRB AKP 20 Design and Rehabilitation of Concrete Pavements
  • Editorial Board, MDPI Journal of Infrastructures
  • Associate Editor, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering

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