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Eun Jeong Cha

Eun Jeong Cha
Eun Jeong Cha
Assistant Professor
(217) 244-8343
2207 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

Primary Research Area

  • Structural Engineering

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Biography

Eun Jeong Cha holds a Ph.D. (2012) and a M.S. (2009) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. (2006) in Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 2014, Dr. Cha served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Part-time researcher at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Her awards and honors include the ASCE/EMI Probabilistic Methods Committee Student Paper Award in 2012, the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) Student Recognition Award in 2011, and Korean Government Scholarship in 2007. She is also a fellow of the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers in 2015.

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University, 2006

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1/2014-present
  • Part-time Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 9/2013-12/2013
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 8/2012-8/2013
  • Part-time Instructor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1/2012-12/2013

Professional Societies

  • Member, ASCE 7-22 Load Combination Subcommittee (LCSC)
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • Member, ASCE Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate (CACC)
  • Member, Task Group 3 of the ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability, and Risk of Structural Systems.

Other Outside Service

  • Journal Referee, Water Resources Research
  • Journal Referee, Applied Geography
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
  • Journal Referee, Frontiers in Built Environment
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Engineering Mechanics
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems
  • Journal Referee, Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Journal Referee, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Infrastructure Engineering
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Structural Engineering
  • Journal Referee, Risk Analysis
  • Journal Referee, Reliability Engineering and System Safety
  • Journal Referee, Structural Safety
  • Journal Referee, Natural Hazards Review
  • DOE SERDP Proposal Review Panel
  • NSF Proposal Review Panel
  • Scientific Committee, the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP12), Vancouver, Canada.
  • Scientific Committee, the 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP13), Seoul, South Korea.

Research Interests

  • Stochastic structural load modeling
  • Unequal climate change impact on hurricane risk to communities with different social vulnerabilities
  • Holistic risk assessment of structures and infrastructure systems from natural hazards (hurricanes, earthquakes, and landslides)
  • Optimization of target safety levels for building design
  • Risk management paradigms for buildings and infrastructure systems design, retrofit, and maintenance

Primary Research Area

  • Structural Engineering

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Chapters in Books

  • Cha, E.J. & Wang, Y. (2015) “CH16 - Risk-Informed Decision Framework for Built Environment: The Incorporation of Epistemic Uncertainty,” In Gardoni, P., Murphy, C. & Rowell, A. (Eds.), Risk Analysis of Natural Hazards - Interdisciplinary Challenges and Integrated Solutions (pp.279-296). Switzerland:Springer.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. (2021) "Risk-Informed Decision Making for Pre-Disaster Risk Mitigation Planning of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems: A Case Study of Jamaica," Journal of Infrastructure Systems (Accepted; DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000634).
  • Gudipati, V.K. & Cha, E.J. (2021) "Target reliability index optimization framework for multiple building classes based on community-level objectives," Structural Safety 91:102097, DOI:10.1016/j.strusafe.2021.102097.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. (2021) "State of the Research on Disaster Risk Management of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems for Community Resilience Planning," Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, DOI:10.1080/23789689.2020.1871541.
  • Gudipati, V.K. & Cha, E.J. (2021) "Surrogate modeling for structural response prediction of a building class," Structural Safety 89:102041, DOI:10.1016/j.strusafe.2020.102041.
  • Lin, C.-Y. & Cha, E.J. (2021) "Hurricane freshwater flood risk assessment model for residential buildings in the Southeastern US coastal states considering climate change," Natural Hazards Review 22(2):04020061, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000442.
  • Lin, C.-Y. & Cha, E.J. (2020) "Hurricane risk assessment for residential buildings in the Southeastern US coastal region in changing climate conditions using artificial neural networks," Natural Hazards Review 21(3):04020024, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000390.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. (2020) "DIN II: Incorporation of multi-level interdependencies and uncertainty for infrastructure systems recovery modeling," Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, DOI:10.1080/15732479.2020.1817104.
  • Samara, K., Cha, E.J. & LaFave, J. (2019) "Probabilistic modeling and fragility assessment of limestone wall tie connections subjected to wind loads," Journal of Building Engineering 26:100884, DOI:10.1016/j.jobe.2019.100884.
  • Gudipati, V.K. & Cha, E.J. (2019) "A framework for optimization of target reliability index for a building class based on aggregated cost," Structural Safety 81:101873, DOI:10.1016/j.strusafe.2019.101873.
  • Pant, S. & Cha, E.J. (2019) "Potential changes in hurricane risk profile across the United States coastal regions under climate change scenarios," Structural Safety 80:56-65, DOI:10.1016/j.strusafe.2019.05.003.
  • Pant, S. & Cha, E.J. (2019) "Wind and rainfall loss assessment for residential buildings under climate-dependent hurricane scenarios," Structure and Infrastructure Engineering 15(6):771-782, DOI:10.1080/15732479.2019.1572199.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2018) "The relation between cost-benefit analysis and risk acceptance in regulatory decision-making," International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 21(1):44-62, DOI:10.1504/IJRAM.2019.096688.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. (2018) "Modeling the damage and recovery of interdependent critical infrastructure systems from natural hazards," Reliability Engineering and System Safety 177:162-175, DOI:10.1016/j.ress.2018.04.029.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. (2018) "Modeling the Damage and Recovery of Interdependent Civil Infrastructure Network Using Dynamic Integrated Network Model," Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure 5(3):152-167, DOI:10.1080/23789689.2018.1448662.
  • Pant, S. & Cha, E.J. (2018) "Effect of climate change on hurricane damage and loss for residential buildings in Miami-Dade County," Journal of Structural Engineering 144(6):04018057, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002038.
  • Cha, E.J. (2018) "Discrepancy in the perceived hurricane risks in changing climate," Natural Hazards Review 19(2):04018002, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000284.
  • Shafieezadeh, A., Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2014) "A decision framework for managing risk to infrastructure systems from terrorist attack," Risk Analysis 35(2):292-306, DOI:10.1111/risa.12266.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2014) "Attitudes toward acceptance of risk to buildings from extreme winds," Structure and Infrastructure Engineering 10(6):697-707, DOI:10.1080/15732479.2012.758642.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2013) "The role of risk aversion in nuclear plant safety decisions," Structural Safety 44:28-36, DOI:10.1016/j.strusafe.2013.05.002.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2013) "Seismic risk mitigation of building structures: the role of risk aversion," Structural Safety 40:11-19, DOI:10.1016/j.strusafe.2012.06.004.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2012) "Risk-averse decision-making for civil infrastructure exposed to low-probability, high-consequence events," Reliability Engineering and System Safety 104:27-35, DOI:10.1016/j.ress.2012.04.002.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Lin, C.-Y.& Cha, E.J. "Impact of Climate Change to Hurricane Loss to the Gulf Coast of the US," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • Gudipati, V.K. & Cha, E.J. "A resilience-based framework for design optimization of interdependent buildings," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • Gudipati, V.K. & Cha, E.J. "Optimization of target safety levels based on community-level objectives," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • Pant, S. & Cha, E.J. "Variation of hurricane losses across US coast under changing climate," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • Pant, S. & Cha, E.J. "Wind and rainfall loss evaluation for climate-dependent hurricane scenarios," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. "A Game Theory-Based Decision Framework for Post-disaster Recovery Planning of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. "A Decision Framework for Pre-disaster Risk Mitigation Planning of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. "Modeling the Post-disaster Recovery of Interdependent Civil Infrastructure Network," The 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Seoul, South Korea, May, 2019.
  • He, X. & Cha, E.J. (2016)"Resilience and Dependency Modeling of Critical Civil Infrastructures Using Graph Theory and Dynamic Inoperability Input-Output Model," Probabilistic Mechanics and Reliability 2016 Conference (PMC 2016), Vanderbilt University, May 22-26, 2016.
  • Cha, E.J., Shafieezadeh, A. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2013) "A risk informed decision framework for risk management of infrastructure systems against terrorist attacks," Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR), New York, June, 2013.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2013) "Quantification of risk aversion in decisions related to safety of nuclear power plants," Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR), New York, June, 2013.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2013) "Acceptance of risk due to competing wind and earthquake hazards," Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR), New York, June, 2013.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2012) "Attitudes toward acceptance of risk to wood frame residential buildings from hurricanes," Proceedings of the 2012 Joint Conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and the 11th ASCE Joint Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability Conference (EMI/PMC2012), Notre Dame, June, 2012.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2012) "Risk-aversion in decisions regarding seismic retrofit of unreinforced masonry buildings," Proceedings of the 2012 Joint Conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and the 11th ASCE Joint Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability Conference (EMI/PMC2012), Notre Dame, June, 2012.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2011) "Decision-making for Civil Infrastructure Exposed to Low-probability, High-consequence Hazards: the Role of Risk-Aversion," Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP), Zurich, Switzerland, August, 2011.

Pending Articles

  • Kim, C., Cha, E.J. & Shin, M. (2021) "Seismic Performance Assessment of NPP Concrete Containments Considering Recent Ground Motions in South Korea," Nuclear Engineering and Technology; (In review; NETJOURNAL-D-21-00231).
  • Sun, M. & Cha, E.J. (2021) "Probabilistic building functionality estimation model for low-rise wooden residential buildings subjected to hurricane winds," Journal of Structural Engineering; (In review; STENG-10016).

Invited Lectures

  • Toward holistic risk-based building design codes
  • Community Resilience: A New Paradigm for Risk Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Community Resilience: A New Paradigm for Risk Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Community Resilience: A New Paradigm for Risk Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Next Generation Civil Infrastructure Systems Risk Management
  • Hurricane risk assessment of residential buildings in changing climate
  • Risk-informed decision making for civil infrastructure exposed to extreme events
  • Risk-informed decision making for civil infrastructure exposed to low-probability, high-consequence hazard: the role of risk acceptance

Teaching Honors

  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent (2018 Fall (CEE 574), 2019 Spring (CEE 360))
  • Collins Scholar (2015)

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