Doctor Won Hee Kang

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Dr. Won Hee Kang is a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University in the area of Structural Reliability. He obtained a B.S. from Korea University (Architectural Engineering, 2003), and a M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2006 and 2011). His main areas of research include structural reliability, structural code calibration, stochastic damage detection, lifeline system analysis, probabilistic strength models, and systematic treatment of uncertainties. He is a member of the Standards Australia committees BD-032 on Composite Structures and ME-043 on Bulk Handling Equipment.

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

Dr. Kang’s research interests include:

  • Structural design and reliability
  • System reliability
  • Reliability based design code calibration
  • System-level stochastic damage detection
  • Disaster risk management
  • Probabilistic strength models

Awards and Recognition

2016: Distinguished Paper Award, 2016 International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (ISRERM)

2014: Best paper award, The third World Construction Symposium, Ceylon Institute of Builders

2012: Foundations of University Learning and Teaching Program Certificate, Western Sydney University

2010: Graduate Teacher Certificate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2009: Conference Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2008: Travel Award, Inaugural International Conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute

2007: Chester P. Seiss Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2004-2006: Study Abroad Fellowship, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation

1999-2002: Yeon Kyoung Scholarship, Yeon Kyoung foundation, Korea

1999: Academic Excellence Scholarship, Korea University, Korea

Selected Publications

Kang, W., Zhang, C. and Yu, J. (2016), 'Stochastic extreme motion analysis of jack-up responses during wet towing', Ocean Engineering, vol 111 , pp 56 - 66.

Senaratne, S., Gerace, D., Mirza, O., Tam, V. and Kang, W. (2016), 'The costs and benefits of combining recycled aggregate with steel fibres as a sustainable, structural material', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 112, no 4 , pp 2318 - 2327.

Kang, W. and Kim, J. (2016), 'Reliability-based flexural design models for concrete sandwich wall panels with continuous GFRP shear connectors', Composites Part B: Engineering, vol 89 , pp 340 - 351.

Thai, H., Uy, B., Kang, W. and Hicks, S. (2016), 'System reliability evaluation of steel frames with semi-rigid connections', Journal of Constructional Steel Research, vol 121 , pp 29 - 39.

Aslani, F., Lloyd, R., Uy, B., Kang, W. and Hicks, S. (2016), 'Statistical calibration of safety factors for flexural stiffness of composite columns ', Steel and Composite Structures, vol 20, no 1 , pp 127 - 145.

Kang, W., Kwon, T., Kim, H. and Park, K. (2016), 'Design strength evaluation of RC beams under radiation environments for nuclear power plants', Nuclear Engineering and Design, vol 301 , pp 101 - 110.

Kang, W. and Kim, J. (2016), 'Development of statistical design models for concrete sandwich panels with continuous glass-fiber-reinforced polymer shear connectors', Advances in Structural Engineering, vol 19, no 2, pp 239 - 254.

Kang, W., Uy, B., Hawkes, D. and Morgan, R. (2016), '[In Press] Reliability analysis for load factors in steel bulk material handling structures with respect to AS4324.1', Australian Journal of Structural Engineering.