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Byungik Chang, Ph.D., P.E., M.B.A., M. ASCE
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Office: Engineering Building, Room 117
Dr. Byungik Chang joined the School of Engineering and Computer Science in Spring 2009. Dr. Chang is working as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and as the Director of the Alternative Energy Institute. Dr. Chang’s background and research activities are in the areas of structural engineering, wind engineering, and renewable energy. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil engineering from the Iowa State University in 2002, 2004, and 2007, respectively. Dr. Chang was also awarded his MBA degree from WTAMU 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 stress using the finite element method.
Before Dr. Byungik Chang joined West Texas A&M University, he had worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) as a bridge designer for a couple of years. While working in the ADOT, Dr. Chang conducted on the development of the ADOT LRFD bridge design specification and accomplished several bridge design projects as well. He is a registered professional engineer in Arizona.
Teaching and Related Service Dr. Chang's teaching interests are in the areas of Structural Engineering in Civil Engineering aspects such as 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.
“Students want to discover Real-World Experience in WTAMU and I am doing my best to provide them with high quality curriculum and instruction to be useful in reality. I love what I am doing.”
Research and Creative Activity
In general, Dr. Chang’s area of research interests has been focused on structural engineering, wind engineering, and renewable energy. His strength is in numerical modeling and structural analysis in the area of civil engineering. He has been working on State Department of Transportation projects and several students including undergraduate students were participated in his projects.
Dr. Byungik Chang and his wife, Hyesun (Sunny) Cheong, have two children: Eugene is 10, and Justin is 8. Dr. Chang loves to play tennis, basketball, racquetball, soccer, and most of sports.
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.”
“I wish I could rewind my life back to the moment I want
I realized I can’t
Never thought about my future if there would be a better tomorrow
Because it seemed my destiny
However, I would like to kick off my life every day in search for my future happiness”