SAFE C.I.T.I.Structures Research LAB

Professor YeongAe Heo

Biographical Sketch

     Dr. Heo received her Ph.D from Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Davis in 2009. Dr. Heo has expertise in modeling and simulation of nonlinear dynamic structural performance at material, member and system level; and probabilistic hazard and risk assessment for natural and natural hazard-induced technological events in both Civil and Offshore Engineering fields.
     Dr. Heo has been selected as an Early-Career Research Fellow of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's Gulf Research Program for Award Year 2017Dr. Heo holds three patents for offshore structural systems and is the recipient of the 2012 ASCE Norman Medal for her co-authored paper “SANISTEEL: A Simple ANIsotropic STEEL Plasticity Model” published in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. She was also part of the UC Davis team that won 2nd place at the 1st National Competition on Predicting Progressive Collapse Resistance of RC Structural Systems.
     Dr. Heo has identified critical issues in probabilistic explosion risk assessment, which is widely adopted in marine and offshore industries through research projects collaborating with world-class research institutions and industries during her professional career in the Offshore Technology R&D Division at Samsung Heavy Industries from 2010~2013. Dr. Heo joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University as Assistant Professor in August 2014. She has contributed to advances in natural and man-made hazard and risk mitigation through numerous professional activities including organizing sessions at major international conferences and serving as an active member of several technical committees in ASCE, ASME, FABIG-UK, and others. She has served as Secretary of the ASCE-SEI (Structural Engineering Institute) Codes and Standards Subcommittee on Tsunami Loads and Effects (ASCE/SEI 7) since 2017 and Multihazard Mitigation Committee since 2015, and served on the Scientific Committee of ASME OMAE (International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering) since 2016. Dr. Heo has tried to eliminate barriers between different engineering disciplines and to invigorate open discussions through a special session to address technical issues in onshore and offshore energy infrastructure design, evaluation and risk assessment during the annual ASCE-SEI Structures Congress.


  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (2014 - Present)
  • Research Professor, Pusan National University, Korea (2014)
  • Senior Researcher, Seoul National University, Korea (2013 - 2014)
  • Senior Researcher, Offshore Safety and Risk R&D, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. LTD. (2010 - 2013)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Civil and Envir. Eng., University of California, Davis, CA (2004 - 2009)

Honors and Awards

  • ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) ExCEEd Fellow (2018)
  • GLEI (Great Lake Research Institute) Faculty Sponsorship in Energy (2017)
  • NAS Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship, the National Academies of  Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2017)
  • CSE Faculty Investment Award, Case School of Engineering, CWRU (2017)
  • FSM Center for Women Faculty Award, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, CWRU (2017)
  • 20 TOP PROFESSORS OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, Online Engineering Program (2016)
  • NSF ADVANCE ACES+ Opportunity Grant, CWRU to initiate a “JIP on Sensitivity Study of Scenario Selection and CFD Simulation” (2016)
  • UCITE(University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) Learning Fellowship, CWRU (2015)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Norman Medal (2012)
  • EERI Travel Grant for EERI-WSSPC Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah (2009)
  • 2nd Place in the First National Educational Competition on Predicting Progressive Collapse Resistance of RC Structural Systems (2008)
  • NSF Travel Fund Awards for 14WCEE, Beijing, China (2008)
  • UC Davis Travel Awards (2008)
  • Hunan University Travel Grant for the 2nd ICACS, Changsha, China (2008)
  • UC Davis Summer Graduate Student Researcher Award (2007)
  • Global Ph.D. Fellowship, Korea Research Foundation: KRF (2005 - 2006) 
  • Global Ph.D. Fellowship, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation: KOSEF (2004 - 2005)
  • UC Davis Graduate Research Assistantships (2004 - 2009)


Professional Activities / Recognition / Services

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Fire and Blast Information Group (FABIG), UK
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)
  • Korean-American Society of Civil and Environmental Engineers (KSCEE)
  • Korea Institute for Structural Maintenance and Inspection (KSMI)
  • Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK)

Technical Committees

  • Secretary, ASCE/SEI Codes and Standards Activities Division (CSAD) Minimum Design Loads Subcommittee on Tsunami Loads & Effects (ASCE/SEI 7), since 2017
  • Secretary, ASCE/SEI Dynamic Effects Technical Administrative Committee on Multihazard Mitigation (Member, Subcommittee on Retrofit of Structures Under Dynamic Loads), since 2015
  • Member, ASCE/SEI Codes and Standards Activities Division (CSAD) Committee on Blast Protection of Buildings (ASCE/SEI 59), since 2015
  • Member, ASCE/SEI Tech Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability: Task Group 3-Risk Assessment of Structural Infrastructure Facilities, , since 2016
  • Member, ASCE/SEI Performance of Structures Technical Administrative Committee on Performance-Based Design for Structures, since 2016
  • Member, ASCE/SEI Dynamic Effects Technical Administrative Committees on Blast, Shock and Impact, and Seismic Effects, since 2015
  • Member, ASME Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OOAE) Division and Safety Engineering & Risk Analysis Division, since 2015
  • Member, ACI Structural Reliability and Safety Committee (348), since 2017
  • Member, ACI Performance-Based Structural Integrity & Resilience of Concrete Structures Committee (377), since 2017
  • Member, FABIG-ASIA Advisory Committee, since 2013
  • Member, Technical Committee on Petrochemical Safety; and Earthquake and Tsunami Safety, Safety Forum for Fire and Explosion (SAFE Forum), Korea, since 2013
  • Member, Research Committee on Offshore Structural Safety, Korea, 2013-2014
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Architectural Institute of Korea, 2013-2014

Conference/Session Organizer/Moderator

  • ASCE-SEI Structures Congress 2017, 2018
  • ASME-International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) since 2016
  • International Colloquium on Engineering Structures for Extreme Loads, Nanjing, China, 2015
  • The 14th World Conference in Earthquake Engineering, Beijing, China, 2008
  • EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, 2007-2009

Proposal Reviewer

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Research Council UK (RCUK)

Journal Reviewer

  • ASCE-Journal of Structural Engineering (JSE)
  • ASCE-Journal of Bridge Engineering (BEE)
  • ASCE-Journal of Aerospace Engineering (ASE)
  • Structural Safety
  • ASME-Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Ships and Offshore Structures
  • Earthquake Spectra (EERI)
  • Journal of Earthquake Engineering
  • Engineering Structures