Semi-plenary lecturer: Seung Rae Lee

Prof. S.R. Lee is a professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at KAIST. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yonsei University, Korea, and his M.S and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He joined KAIST in 1989 and afterwards established the Geotechnical Engineering program by setting up the curriculum and supervising a number of graduate students. He was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 1996 and in DTU and TUM in 2014. His major field of research includes analytical and numerical techniques in the analysis, design, construction and maintenance of ground structures, esp. in soft-clay and unsaturated weathered soils. He has not only conducted fundamental researches related to the stress-strain behavior of soil materials, but also developed numerical techniques and softwares for the analysis and design of related ground structures. Recently, he is focusing in researches related to extreme rainfall-induced debris flows, and geothermal energy systems, such as Ground Coupled Heat Pump (GCHP) and Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems. He collaborates actively with others including international institutions. Prof. Lee received several academic awards due to his excellent performance and has served for an editorial board member of Acta Geotechnica. He has published more than 169 journal papers and 138 conference proceedings, and participated in many research projects as a chief researches over the last 28 years.