Dr. Byungik Chang He is a busy man.
Dr. Byungik Chang, assistant professor of civil engineering, is quickly learning how to juggle a full schedule that includes teaching and research as well as serving as the new director of WTAMU’s Alternative Energy Institute (AEI). And although it might not always be easy, Chang is making it work and enjoying every minute of it.
Chang joined the WTAMU faculty in January 2009 as the first professor of the University’s new civil engineering program. In May 2010 Dr. James Hallmark, provost/vice president of academic affairs, named Chang the interim director of AEI. He took over as the director in August, filling the position vacated by the retirement of Dr. Vaughn Nelson.
“When Dr. Hallmark recommended me for the AEI position, I knew it was a good opportunity,” Chang said. “I’m really excited. Wind energy is very popular now.”
And Chang definitely knows something about wind. He earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Iowa State University and has a background in structural engineering and wind engineering. His current research is titled “Evaluation of Super Heavy Load Criteria on a Bridge,” and his future research will examine the structural analysis of wind tower, wind blade modeling and wind-tunnel testing. Chang also is currently working as the project director for a solar and wind electricity project funded, in part, by a $497,350 grant from the State Energy Conservation Office.
Wind definitely plays a big role in his job at WTAMU, but since moving to the Panhandle, Chang has discovered it also plays a part in his favorite past time. Chang is an avid tennis player, and he’s found that it’s often hard to play the game in strong Panhandle winds. He researched the problem though and found a solution.
When he isn’t teaching, researching or working at AEI, Chang is out hitting balls—at an indoor tennis court in Amarillo. That’s if and when he can find the time because Chang is definitely a busy man.