SAFE C.I.T.I. Research Group

Dr. YeongAe Heo
Dr. Heo's Faculty Profile

Dept. of Civil Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Office: Bingham 225E
Email: yaheo at
W (216) 368-0455
F (216) 368-5229

Professor YeongAe Heo

Biographical Sketch

     Dr. Heo has expertise in modeling and evaluation for structural materials and complex systems performance subjected to dynamic loads induced by single and multiple hazards. Dr. Heo's past research has focused on assessing the probabilistic risk of natural (e.g., earthquakes, winds, and waves) and manmade hazards (e.g., explosions, fires, and impacts) for multistory buildings and on- and off-shore oil and gas process facilities. Since joining the CWRU faculty, Dr. Heo has developed a new avenue of research focused on developing multihazard disaster resilience of critical civil infrastructure and coastal communities, and data-driven decision-making framework for extending the service life of critical civil infrastructure systems, engaging her multidisciplinary partnerships. 
     Dr. Heo has hosted seminars and technical meetings at national and international conferences, with the aim of initiating open discussions and collaborations by eliminating barriers across different engineering disciplines dedicated to risk-based design and management for on- and off-shore infrastructure systems.


  • 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

  • Gulf Research Program Research Fellow Collaborative Project Award, the National Academies of  Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2019)
  • ASCE Structural Engineering Institute Future Fund (2019)
  • ASCE CSAD (Codes and Standards Activities Division) Young Professional (2018)
  • McBride Lecture Fund Endowment for ACES+ Distinguished Lectureship (2018)
  • ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) ExCEEd Fellowship (2018)
  • GLEI (Great Lake Research Institute) Faculty Sponsorship in Energy (2017)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Travel Grants

  • NASEM GRP for GoMOSES (Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science) Conference, New Orleans, LA (2019)
  • NSF for NHERI Wall of Wind and Lehigh Experimental Facilities User Workshop, Miami, FL
  • CWRU GLEI's Faculty Sponsorship for Halliburton’s LIFE2018 (Landmark Innovation Forum & Expo), Houston, TX (2018)
  • KSEA (Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association) for Professional Development Forum on Tech Talks, Market Trends, and Mentorship for Professionals, Silicon Valley, CA (2018)
  • NASEM (the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) GRP (Gulf Research Program) for Data Carpentry Workshop, Corpus Christi, TX (2018)
  • CWRU GLEI (Great Lake Research Institute)'s Faculty Sponsorship for ARPA-E Summit, DC (2018)
  • NASEM GRP for GoMOSES (Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science) Conference, New Orleans, LA (2018)
  • NSF for Coastal Hazards Engineering New User Workshop, Corvallis, OR (2017)
  • NSF for Advanced Simulation for Natural Hazards Mitigation Workshop, Bethlehem, PA (2016)
  • NSF for Transformative Wind Hazard Research Workshop, Gainesville, FL (2016)
  • NSF (National Science Foundation) and UC Davis for 14WCEE, Beijing, China (2008)
  • Hunan University for the 2nd ICACS, Changsha, China (2008)


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

  • Vice Chair, ASCE/SEI Dynamic Effects Technical Administrative Committee on Multihazard Mitigation, since 2018
  • 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), 2015-2018
  • 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