Dr. Ilhan Chang

Dr. Ilhan Chang is an Associate Professor with the Department of Civil Systems Engineering at Ajou University (www.ajou.ac.kr) in the Republic of Korea, since September 2020. Prior to Ajou University, Dr. Chang gained academic careers as a Lecturer (April 2017~June 2018) and Senior Lecturer (July 2018~August 2020) in geotechnical engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Dr. Chang has comprehensive expertise in geotechnical engineering, multi-disciplinary studies, and industrial cooperation and commercialization.


Dr. Chang earned his Bachelor of Science (2000), Master of Engineering (2004), and Doctor of Philosophy (2010) degrees in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). Main topics of his M.S. and Ph.D. dissertations were "Soft Soil Evaluation using Elastic Waves" and "Soil Stabilization using Microbial Biopolymers", respectively. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Chang started his research career as a Research Assistant Professor at KAIST (2010~2011) and moved to Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) as a Senior Researcher (2012~2017) to expand his experiences in R&D management and practical implementation, prior to his appointment to UNSW. Currently, Dr. Chang is leading the E3 Geotechnical Engineering Research Group (E3GEO) at Ajou University.

Dr. Chang and his research group (E3GEO) are mainly interested in Soil Characterization, Ground Improvement, and Multi-disciplinary Convergence such as, Micro mechanics, Geophysical site characterization, DCM (Deep Cement Mixing), Erosion and soil preservation, and Bio-soils. Currently, Dr. Chang and E3GEO are expanding efforts to to address Geoenvironmental and Sustainability issues such as Environmentally-friendly soil improvement, Anti-desertification, Bio-soil applications (levees, slope, excavation, adobe structures), as well as Emerging geotechnical issues as Lunar soil studies and Planetary terramechanics.

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Professional Careers

Ajou University

Associate Professor. 2020.09~Present

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Canberra

(Adjunct) Senior Lecturer. 2020.09~Present

Senior Lecturer. 2018.07~2020.08

Lecturer. 2017.04~2018.06

Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT)

Senior Researcher. 2011.12~2017.02

University of Science & Technology (UST) - Korea

(Adjunct) Associate Professor. 2016.03~2017.03

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Invited Professor. 2014.09~2014.15 / 2015.09~2015.12

Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT)

Research Assistant Professor. 2011.04~2011.12


2006 - 2010

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering

2004 - 2006

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering

2000 - 2006

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professional memberships

International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Korean Society of Civil Engineers (KSCE)

Engineers Australia (EA)

Korean Geotechnical Society (KGS)

Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)

Research Group 

Ajou University - UNSW Canberra

© 2021 by Ilhan Chang and
E3GEO Research Group at Ajou University

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