Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Image Caption Title #1: Lotte World Tower - Seoul, South Korea
Image Caption #1: Hong-Gun consultancy work includes the evaluation of the shear design of concrete mega column-steel belt truss connection for the Lotte World Tower and solutions for high speed construction of high-rise buildings and semiconductor plants.
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Image Caption Title #2: Construction site of semi conductor plant using PSRC column method
Image Caption #2: Hong-Gun's has developed technologies in the areas of shear design of beams, punching shear in slabs, and steel plate shear walls.
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Hong-Gun Park

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1994

Hong-Gun Park is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at the prestigious Seoul National University in Korea. He is an award-winning and international expert in earthquake design, reinforced concrete structures, and composite structures. He is a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology and the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. Also a practitioner, he has contributed many innovative design methods that bridge advanced structural theories and engineering construction challenges.

At UT, Hong-Gun earned a doctoral degree and worked alongside Dr. Richard Klingner. He recalls that when he applied to be a faculty member at Seoul National University, the professors were very surprised to see the recommendation letter that Professor Klinger wrote. One professor said that he has not ever seen such a recommendation letter praising a student’s achievement – Hong-Gun is pretty sure this professor did not believe the letter. But he successfully passed the interview and feels the letter was a great example of the deep concern and love Dr. Klinger felt for his students, even well after graduation.

At his university, Hong-Gun’s research work has a wide range of applications in structural analysis and design. He has developed technologies in the areas of shear design of beams, punching shear in slabs, and steel plate shear walls. For his work, he received the 2012 Chester Paul Siess Award from the American Concrete Institute for a notable achievement in research that advances design applications.

Hong-Gun is currently leading the revision and publication of the Korean Building Code for the structural division and is head of the Korean Building Code Center. His consultancy work includes the evaluation of the shear design of concrete mega column-steel belt truss connection for the Lotte World Tower and solutions for high-speed construction of high-rise buildings and semiconductor plants. This work has resulted in cost and time savings for various projects.

Professor Hong-Gun Park has excelled in structural engineering research and practice, and in bringing the latest technologies and international practices to Korea. He has served the international structural engineering community, and is a highly honored member of many civil engineering societies.