Soowon Chang, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Building Construction from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). During her PhD, she worked in urban redevelopment projects in Tokyo for smart and connected communities supported by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. She received her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, B.A. in Management for Science and Technology, and M.S. in Architectural Engineering with emphasis on construction management from EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY (South Korea). At Purdue University, the courses she offers focus on Computational Design Data and Interoperability, Building Information Management (BIM), Sustainability in Design, Construction, and Development, Building Energy Modeling, Comfort Analysis, Construction Modeling and Simulation, and Construction Management. Her research interests are smart and sustainable building design and construction considering urban systems’ networks by modeling and simulation, functional and spatial optimization, cyber-physical interactions in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) field. Her research areas will answer the questions: How can disruptive technologies be applied to innovate industry practices? What are appropriate technologies and right timing?; How should current practices in design and construction be transformed to promote environmentally sustainable decisions for civil infrastructure systems and even ecosystems?; How can decision-support systems achieve the scalability?; How can advanced knowledge be integrated with construction management education? Her research goal is to broaden knowledge and skill boundaries in the AEC industry, and forge a new path of transforming the field of construction engineering and management with disruptive technologies and analytics. As a teacher, her goal is to foster students contributing to society with professional and ethical awareness as well as lifelong learning attitude.
Ph.D. Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A., 2020
Dissertation title: "Decision support framework for transforming urban buildings at multiple scales"
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Castro-Lacouture
M.S. Architectural Engineering (currently, Architectural and Urban Systems Engineering), EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY, Seoul, South Korea, 2016
Thesis titles: "BIM-Integrated Construction Operation Simulation Framework for Lean Construction Planning_An Application to steel erection work"
Advisors: Dr. June-Seong Yi and Dr. JeongWook Son
B.S. Architectural Engineering, EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY, Seoul, South Korea, 2014
B.A. Management for Science and Technology, EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY, Seoul, South Korea, 2014
LEED® Green Associate™ - Green Building Certification Institute
Protect Purdue Innovations Faculty Grants (2020.09 - 2021.01), Title: Generative space layout for responding occupants’ health and space utilization. Total amount of award: $12,000. Role: PI
2018 Building Construction Graduate Student Instructor of the Year (Institute Recognition at Georgia Institute of Technology)
2018 Georgia Tech College of Design ADVANCE Women of Excellence Graduate Award
2015 Charles (Chuck) M. Eastman Top PhD Paper Award, CIB W78 Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2015 Best Poster Award, ICCEPM 2015 Conference Organized by KICEM (Korea Institute of Construction Engineering and Management), Busan, Korea
Recent Refereed Journal Articles:
Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., Yamagata, Y. (2020). “Estimating Building Electricity Performance Gaps with Internet of Things Data Using Bayesian Multilevel Additive Modeling”. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 146 (12), ASCE
Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., Yamagata, Y. (2020) “Decision support for retrofitting building envelopes using multi-objective optimization under uncertainties”. Journal of Building Engineering, Elsevier
Yang, P., Chang, S., Saha, N., Chen, H.W. (2020). “Data-driven planning support system for a campus design”. Environment & Planning – B special issue “Planning Support with Urban Informatics”, SAGE Publications
Tobey, M., Binder, R., Chang, S., Yoshida, T., Yamagata, Y., Yang, P. (2019). “Urban systems design: a conceptual framework for Smart Communities”. Smart cities, MDPI, 2, 522-537. DOI: 10.3390/SMARTCITIES2040032
Chang, S., Saha, N., Castro-Lacouture, D., Yang, P. (2019). “Multivariate relationships between the urban performance and design parameters by using reinforcement learning and parametric modeling”. Applied Energy, Elsevier, 249, 253-264. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019. 04.109
Kim, S., Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., (2019). “Dynamic modeling for analyzing impacts of skilled labor shortage on construction project management”. Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, 36(1), 04019035. DOI: doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000720
Chang, S., Saha, N., Castro-Lacouture, D., Yang, P. (2019). “Generative design and performance modeling for relationships between urban built forms, sky opening, solar radiation and energy”. Energy Procedia, 158, 3994-4002. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2019.01.841
Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., Dutt, F., and Yang, P. P.-J. (2017). “Framework for evaluating and optimizing algae façades using closed-loop simulation analysis integrated with BIM.” Energy Procedia, 143, 237–244. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.677\
Quan, S. J., Igou, T. K., Chang, S., Dutt, F., Castro-Lacouture, D., Chen, Y., and Yang, P. (2017). “Decentralized algal energy system design at various urban densities and scales.” Energy Procedia, 143, 767–773. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.760
Jeong, W., Chang, S., Son, J., Yi, J. (2016). “BIM-Integrated Construction Operation Simulation for Just-In-Time Production Management”. Sustainability, 8(11), 1106. DOI: 10.3390/su8111106
Kim, Y., Han, S., Yi, J., Chang, S. (2015). “Supply chain cost model for prefabricated building material based on time-driven activity-based costing.” Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 43(4), 287-293. DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2015-0010
Chang, S., Yi, J., and Son, J. (2015). “The productivity improvement for steel framing work efficiency by work sampling and 5-minute rating technique.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 5(1), 40-46. DOI: 10.6106/jcepm.2015.5.1.040
Refereed Conference Proceedings:
Oh, H. J., Chang, S., Ashuri, B. (2021) “Investigation of Skill Sets for Multiskilled Labor Development in Construction”, Proceedings of the 57th Associated Schools of Construction Annual International Conference (ASC 2021), Virtually, April 5-9, 2021.
Kim, S., Chang, S. (2020) "A framework for semantic interoperability of BIM and UAS flight mission planning system", Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2020), Hong Kong (and Virtually), Dec 7-8, 2020.
Chang, S., Yoshida, T., Binder, R.B., Yamagata, Y., Castro-Lacouture, D. (2020) “Energy sharing boundaries integrating buildings and vehicles tangled in spatial and temporal changes”, Proceedings of the 2020 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A., Mar 8-10, 2020.
Chang, S., Yoshida, T., Tobey, M., Yamagata, Y., Yang, P. (2019). “Transformative model of urban buildings optimizing energy demands, solar harvesting potential, and indoor thermal comfort”. The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy, Västerås, Sweden, Aug 12-15, 2019.
Yoshida, T., Chang, S., Murakami, D., Yamagata, Y. (2019). “The relationships between energy consumption and surface temperature: a combining multiple-scale observations approach”. The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy, Västerås, Sweden, Aug 12-15, 2019.
Tobey, M., Chang, S., Binder, R., Yoshida, T., Yamagata, Y. (2019) “Measuring resilience, economy, sustainability, and human well-being in multiple scales for urban diagnostics”. The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy, Västerås, Sweden, Aug 12-15, 2019.
Binder, R., Chang, S., Tobey, M., Zilske, M., Yamagata, Y. (2019). “The smart hub concept: developing the relationship between human mobility and energy consumption in Tokyo”. The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy, Västerås, Sweden, Aug 12-15, 2019.
Tobey, M., Chang, S., Binder, B. B., Yamagata, Y. (2019). “Typologies of Rapid Urbanization in Developing Asian Countries: A Study of Shanghai’s Rapid Urbanization and Subsequent Strategies”. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 294, DOI:10.1088/1755-1315/294/1/012097.
Yoshida, T., Tobey, M., Chang, S., Yamagata, Y. (2019), “Carbon Emission Intensities of Each Building Typology: Towards a standardized framework”, 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Wuhan, China, July 8-12, 2019.
Yang, P., Chen, H., Chang, S., Saha, N. (2019). “Data-Driven Campus Design Support Systems”, 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Wuhan, China, July 8-12, 2019 .
Tobey, M., Binder, R., Chang, S., Yoshida, T., Yamagata, Y., Yang, P. (2019). “Urban systems design conceptual framework: Modeling, Design, and Emergent Iterative Smart Communities”. 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Wuhan, China, July 8-12, 2019.
Chang, S., Yoshida, T., Matsui, K., Castro-Lacouture, D., Yamagata, Y. (2019). “An Ontology to Sustainability Provision System of Energy Demands and Indoor Thermal Comfort by Integrating Building Energy Models with IoT – Focusing on Residential Building in Kyojima, Tokyo”. CIB World Building Congress, Hong Kong, June 17-21, 2019.
Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., Matsui, K., Yamagata, Y. (2019). “Planning and Monitoring of Building Energy Demands under Uncertainties by Using IoT Data”. The ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Atlanta, June 17-19, 2019. DOI: 10.1061/9780784482445.027.
Chang, S., Son, J., Jeong, W., and Yi, J. (2015). “Application of BIM-integrated construction simulation to construction production planning.” Proc., of the 6th International Conference on Construction and Project Management (ICCEPM 2015), Busan, Korea.
Chang, S., Son, J., Jeong, W., and Yi, J. (2015). “BIM-integrated construction operations simulation for reliable production management.” Proc., CIB W78 Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Chapter author, Urban Systems Design: creating sustainable smart cities in the internet of things era by Yamagata, Y., and Yang, P. P.-J. (2020). ELSEVIER
Memberships in academic, professional, and scholarly societies:
- Associate Member, American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2020 - Present
- Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2020 - Present
- Member, Associates Schools of Construction (ASC), 2020 - present
Committee activities in the department, college, and/or university:
- Member, Graduate Faculty Committee in SCMT (2020 – Present)
Acdemic and professional service and engagement activities:
- Topic Editor, Applied Sciences - MDPI,https://www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci
- Reviewer, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE
- Reviewer, Automation in Construction - Elsevier
- Reviewer, Journal of Building Engineering - Elsevier
- Reviewer, Building and Environment - Elsevier
- Reviewer, Building Research and Information - Taylor & Francis
- Reviewer, Sustainability - MDPI
- Reviewer, Journal of Computational Design and Engineering - Oxford Academic
- Reviewer, Built Environment Project and Asset Management - Emerald Publishing
- Session Chair, The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE), August 12-15, 2019, in Västerås, Sweden
- Organizing Committee, The Smart and Resilient Design and Construction Workshop, National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, 2019
- Organizing Committee, The Tokyo Smart City Workshop, National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, 2019