Faculty Profile

Eun Jeong Cha

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Eun Jeong Cha
Eun Jeong Cha
Assistant Professor
2207 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Structural Engineering

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

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.

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

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Research Interests

  • uncertainty quantification
  • hazards
  • structure
  • decision-making
  • resilience
  • reliability
  • risk
  • terrorism
  • earthquakes
  • climate change

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

  • Shafieezadeh, A., Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2014) ￿A decision framework for managing risk to infrastructure systems from terrorist attack,￿ Risk Analysis (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 10:697-707.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2013) ￿The role of risk aversion in nuclear plant safety decisions,￿ Structural Safety 44:28-36.
  • Cha, E.J. & Ellingwood, B.R. (2013) ￿Seismic risk mitigation of building structures: the role of risk aversion,￿ Structural Safety 40:11-19.
  • 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.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • 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.

Invited Lectures

  • 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

Professional Societies

  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • 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, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Engineering Mechanics
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems
  • Journal Referee, Applied Geography
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Structural Engineering
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Structural Safety
  • Journal Referee, Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Journal Referee, Risk Analysis
  • Scientific Committee, ICASP12, Vancouver, Canada.

Teaching Honors

  • Collins Scholar (2015)