Texas Tech University

Hoyoung Seo

Whitacre College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hoyoung Seo Hoyoung Seo is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received a B.S. in civil, urban and geosystem engineering from the Seoul National University in Korea. He was awarded an M.S. in the same institute with an emphasis on rock mechanics and rock engineering in 2002. Upon completion of his M.S. degree, he worked as a geotechnical engineer in Korea Infrastructure Safety and Technology Corporation until 2003. He then started his Ph.D. studies in civil engineering with a specialty in geotechnical engineering at Purdue University in 2004 and obtained a Ph.D. degree in 2012. During this period, he worked for Fugro, a renowned geotechnical consulting firm, as a senior project engineer from 2009 to 2012.

Seo's research expertise and interests lie in the areas of:

  • foundation engineering
  • instrumentation and monitoring
  • analytical and numerical methods in geomechanics

One of his papers on behavior of deep foundations was cited as a major reference in 2010 in the 2nd De Mello Lecture by professor Poulos, who is one of the most renowned individuals in the field of geotechnical engineering. The emphasis of Seo's research is on a general treatment of geo-systems based on the principles of mechanics and mathematics, supported by laboratory and field tests. He also worked on many international projects for oil and gas industry as a senior project engineer during his stay at Fugro. His industry experience is an invaluable asset to help the geotechnical community to bridge the gap between academia and industry.