Faculty and Staff

Jidong Yang, Ph.D., P.E., Director
Assistant Professor in Civil and Construction Engineering
(678) 915-3018, jyang12@kennesaw.edu

Dr. YangDr. Yang is an assistant professor in Civil and Construction Engineering at Kennesaw State University (KSU). His specialty is in Pavement and Transportation Engineering. Dr. Yang is a professional engineer with over 15 years of combined research and industrial experience. Dr. Yang has a broad range of research interests that often involve interdisciplinary collaborations.  Dr. Yang's research has been focused on several areas, including pavement mix design and performance modeling, pavement management, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), traffic operations and simulation, highway safety, roadway geometric design, uncertainty modeling of transportation infrastructure, quantitative methods,  data mining, machine learning, and "Big Data" applications to civil engineering. Prior to joining the KSU, Dr. Yang served as Program Manager for the City of Chattanooga's ITS program and has directly overseen multimillion-dollar ITS projects, funded by Federal Highway Administration and Tennessee Department of Transportation.


Youngguk Seo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Civil and Construction Engineering
yseo2@kennesaw.edu

Dr. SeoBefore Dr. Seo joined SPSU in 2014, he was a pavement engineer at Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Deputy Research Director at Expressway and Transportation Research Institute, Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC). Dr. Seo has conducted lots of full scale pavement testing and field experiments both in FHWA and KEC. His research interests lie in both laboratory and full scale evaluation of road and pavement structures. Dr. Seo has characterized the cracking (fracture and fatigue) performance of asphalt concrete and investigated the localized damage initiation/propagation under various time and temperature conditions using Digital Image Correlation (DIC).


Richard Ruhala, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor in Mechanical and Systems Engineering
(678) 915-6855, rruhala@kennesaw.edu

Dr. RuhalaDr. Ruhala is an Associate Professor at KSU (formerly SPSU) since 2010 in the Mechanical Engineering program, within the Systems & Mechanical Engineering Department. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Acoustic from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ruhala's research interest is in pavement/tire interaction noise, transportation noise, vuvuzela noise, and environmental noise. 


Adeel Khalid, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor in Mechanical and Systems Engineering
(678) 915-7241, akhalid2@kennesaw.edu

Dr. KhalidDr. Khalid's research focuses on application of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) into transportation and pavement engineering fields. Also, Dr. Khalid's research is to design, build, and fly an Autonomous Aerial Patrol and Surveillance System (APSS). His goal is to create a safe autonomous UAV system that is equipped with visual, infrared, and heat seeking cameras. The autonomous feature of the vehicle will eliminate the need to actively control the vehicle at all times. The operator will have the campus map on a mobile device e.g. iPad. The operator will be able to point on the map, which will send a command to the vehicle to fly to the corresponding location on the map and hover or loiter there to send live video feedback. 


Kevin McFall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering
(678) 915-3004, kmcfall@kennesaw.edu

Dr. McFallDr. McFall serves as an assistant professor in the Mechatronics Engineering program. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, MIT, and Georgia Tech, respectively. With interests in artificial intelligence, he has significant research experience in intelligent transport systems and computational science, having developed a prototype winter road condition sensor using image and acoustic data for the Swedish Transport Administration. His current line of research involves autonomous vehicles, currently developing a go-cart-sized self-driving vehicle. Dr. McFall has given invited lectures at workshops connected with the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting and published over 15 scholarly articles.


Bill Diong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering
(678) 915-5574, bdiong@kennesaw.edu

Dr. DiongDr. Diong is an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering program at Southern Polytechnic State University. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Thereafter, he was employed by Sundstrand Aerospace (now UTC Aerospace Systems) to perform research, design and development work on electric power generation, motor drive, power converter and magnetic bearing systems. In addition, he supported programs such as Boeing’s 777 airliner, 767 AWACS and RAH-66 helicopter; Northrop’s B2 bomber and Lockheed’s F22 fighter. After 3½ years in industry, he returned to academia and has been there since. His research experience and interests lie within the broad area of power and energy; in particular, solar and wind energy systems, fuel cell systems, energy harvesting systems and electric transportation. At this point in time, he has authored or co-authored slightly more than 80 refereed journal and conference papers. In addition, he has been the PI or co-PI on over $1 million in grants obtained from entities such as the NSF, AFOSR, BMDO, EPA, Ford, and El Paso Electric. 


Ying Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering
(678) 915-7317, ywang34@kennesaw.edu

Dr. WangDr. Ying Wang is an assistant professor in Mechatronics Engineering at Kennesaw State University. His research interests are application of robotics, controls, mechatronics, computer vision and machine learning into Pavement and Transportaiton Engineering. He has published more than 40 journal and conference papers in the above areas. He received the Ph.D. degree in robotics and mechatronics from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2008. He also received his master’s degree (1999) and bachelor’s degree (1991) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Before he came to KSU (formerly SPSU), he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in The University of British Columbia for one year.


Chih-Cheng Hung, Ph.D.
Professor in Computer Science
(678) 915-3574, chung1@kennesaw.edu

Dr. Hung's research interest is in the areas of image processing and analysis, artificial neural networks, computational intelligence, pattern recognition, deep machine learning and high-performance computing. He has worked extensively with imagery data and has developed software tools for processing and analyzing the imagery data including Infrared images (U.S. Army, Research Assistant), Thematic Mapper (TM) satellite images (multispectral and hyper-spectral for Intergraph Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama, USA), Polar UVI images (NASA, USA, Co-PI), face images, and medical images.  He has been in collaborations with scientists from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA in Huntsville (co-PI), APL John Hopkins University, Maryland, USA working on Global Auroral images taken by Ultraviolet Imager (UVI), National Taichung University, Taichung, Taiwan, on hyperspectral image analysis and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, on medical image processing and analysis. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 research articles in the areas of pattern recognition, image classification and segmentation, and dimensionality reduction, and computational intelligence. Dr. Hung is on the editorial board of International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Informatics (IJAMI) and other journals. 


Jay Kwon, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor in Civil and Construction Engineering
(678) 915-3946, jkwon9@kennesaw.edu

Dr. Kwon completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign. Dr. Kwon joined the KSU as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Professor Kwon’s specialty areas are testing and modeling of unbound granular materials, use of geosynthetics in pavements and railroad track, modeling of pavement structure using Finite Element methods, mechanistic based pavement design, and nondestructive evaluation of pavement structural condition. Professor Kwon has 9 years of industry experience with Tensar International Corporation in the areas of geotechnical and pavement engineering. He is an active member of TRB Mineral Aggregates Committee (AFP 70), ASCE Geo-Institute Pavements Committee, and AREMA Technical Committee 1: Roadway & Ballast (Sub-committee 2: Ballast). He is registered professional engineer in Georgia and Texas.


Thomas R. Currin, Ph.D., P.E., Dean of Engineering & Engineering Technology
Founding Director
(678) 915-7482, tcurrin@kennesaw.edu

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