Seunghee Kim, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
PKI 204D
Scott Campus (Omaha)
(402) 554-3547
Personal Links:
CV_Seunghee Kim.pdf
Personal website
Google scholar
Professional Memberships:
Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience

Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2012
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 2005
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST, 2003
Hiring a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Dr. Seunghee Kim is looking for a graduate research student to join the Energy-Geosystems research group at UNL. The position can be started immediately. Should you be interested, please contact him directly.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Carbon Utilization & Storage, Geologic Storage of Radioactive Wastes
  • Energy Geo-Storage, Underground Utilization, and Sustainability
  • Coupling: Fluid Flow in Porous Media + Poromechanics + Heat Transport + Geochemistry
  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Demo: Micro-Scale Compressed Air Energy Storage
Research Profiles:
  • Barry, K.F., Biagini, M.S.G., Santamarina, J.C., Wall, J.J., Le Pape, Y.M.R., Lindberg, J.T., Cha, M. Dai, S., and Kim, S., Void Detection System, US 2013/0192375 A1, Georgia Institute of Technology
Courses Taught
About Seunghee Kim
Dr. Kim received his B.S. and M.S. from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech. His graduate study focused on the subsurface investigation using surface waves (M.S.) and the geotechnical implications of CO2 geologic storage (Ph.D). He continued his research on this topic as a postdoctoral fellow at the Bureau of Economic Geology, a part of the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining UNL this year, he was an assistant professor at Western New England University, MA. His main research area includes pore-scale study of reactive/multiphase fluid flow in porous media, hydro-chemo-thermo-mechanically coupled processes in energy-geotechnology, and underground utilization. These topics are to tackle challenges for operations such as carbon utilization & geologic storage, geothermal energy, energy storage, and wastewater injection. He has 4 years of industry experience related to the foundation design and the analysis of cut-slopes and tunnels.

  • 08/2016-present, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
  • 08/2014-08/2016, Assistant Professor, Western New England University, Springfield, MA
  • 03/2013-08/2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • 02/2007-06/2008, Researcher, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • 01/2005-01/2007, Assistant Manager, Dongho Co., Ltd., Gyeonggi, South Korea

Honors and Awards
  • ARMA (The American Rock Mechanics Association) Future Leaders, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2019)
  • Author Achievement Award, Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, TX, USA (2014)
  • Best Paper Award, COMSOL Conference 2013, Boston, MA, USA (2013)
  • KKCNN Adachi Award, 17th KKCNN Symposium on Civil Engineering, Ayutthaya, Thailand (2004)
  • Korean Government Full Scholarship, KAIST (2003-2004)

  • Characterization of hydro-mechanically coupled fluid transport in deformable porous media and application to convection-enhanced drug delivery, Nebraska Collaboration Initiative (July 2020 - June 2022, $150,000, PI)
  • Multiscale and Multiphysical Testing-Modeling of Inorganic Microfiber-Reinforced Engineered Barrier Materials (IMEBM) for Enhancing Repository Performance, U.S. Department of Energy (September 2020 - August 2023, $800,000, co-PI)
  • Evaluation of Light Pole Foundation Embedment, Alaska Department of Transportation (March 2020 - February 2022, $248,261, co-PI)
  • REU Site: Sustainability of Horizontal Civil Networks in Rural Areas, National Science Foundation (March 2020 - February 2023, $448,597, collaborator)
  • Development of Guideline for the Use of Geosynthetics in Different Roadway Layered System in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) (July 2020 - December 2021, $106,536, co-PI)
  • Injection optimization via implementation of mechanically-coupled numerical simulations, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (July 2019 - August 2019, $5,005, PI) 
  • Pipe-pile-based micro-scale compressed air energy storage for buildings with intermittent renewable energy resources, Nebraska Collaboration Initiative (July 2019 - June 2021, $147,753, PI)
  • Feasibility study: Alternatives to prevent settlements and bumps at bridge approaches in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Transportation (July 2019 - December 2020, $99,469, PI)
  • Utilization of CO2 to improve recycled concrete aggregate (RCA), Layman Seed Funds (May 2018 - April 2019, $10,000, PI).
  • Design optimization and monitoring of joint-less integral and semi-integral abutment bridges in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Transportation (July 2018 - December 2019, $142,312, co-PI). 
  • CPT-based pile design, Nebraska Department of Transportation (July 2017 - December 2018, $105,846, co-PI).
  • Development of advanced computational/experimental models to elucidate multiphase fluid transport in disordered-deformable porous media, UNL Research Council: Interdisciplinary Research Grants (January 2017 - December 2017, $20,000, PI).
  • Curriculum and Course Development Grant for the Reservoir Engineering Concentration within the Civil Engineering Department, Western New England University (May 2015 - August 2015, $2,000, PI).

Selected Publications
  • Jeon, M.-K., Kim, S., Hosseini Zadeh, A., and Kwon, T.-H. (2020). "Study on the viscous fluid flow in disordered-deformable porous media using hydro-mechanically coupled pore-network modeling." Transport in Porous Media, 133(2), 207-227.
  • Pulatsu, B., Kim, S., Erdogmus, E., and Lourenço, P.B. (2020). "Advanced numerical analysis of masonry retaining walls using mixed discrete-continuum approach." Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering (ICE), 173(1). DOI: 10.1680/jgeen.19.00225.
  • Ko, J., Kim, S., Kim, S., and Seo, H. (2020). "Utilizing Building Foundations as Micro-Scale Compressed Air Energy Vessel: Numerical Study for Mechanical Feasibility." Journal of Energy Storage28, 101225. DOI: 10.1016/j.est.2020.101225.
  • Zhang, J., Zhang, H., Lee, D., Ryu, S., and Kim, S. (2020). "Microfluidic study on the two-phase fluid flow in porous media during repetitive drainage-imbibition cycles and implications to the CAES operation." Transport in Porous Media, 131(2), 449-472.
  • Kim, I., Caroline, B., and Kim, S. (2019). "Feasibility study: Electromagnetic heating of soils using magnetic nanoparticle-coated geotextiles." Géotechnique Letters, 10(2), DOI: 10.1680/jgele.19.00098.
  • Park, Y.-C., Kim, S., Lee, J. H., and Shinn, Y. J. (2019). "Effect of reducing irreducible water saturation in a near-well region on CO2injectivity and storage capacity." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 86, 134-145.
  • Bachus, R.C., Terzariol, M., Pasten, C., Chong, S.H., Dai, S., Cha, M.S., Kim, S., Jang, J., Papadopoulos, E., Roshankhah, S., Lei, L., Garcia, A., Park, J., Sivaram, A., Santamarina, F., Ren, X. and Santamarina, J.C. (2019). "Fly Ash Properties and Characterization: A Southeastern USA Study." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 145(3), 04019003.
  • Kim, S., Espinoza, D.N., Jung, J., Cha, M., and Santamarina, J.C. (2019). "Ch. 17: Carbon Geological Storage: Coupled Processes, Engineering and Monitoring" Science of Carbon Storage in Deep Saline Formations: Process Coupling Across Time and Spatial Scales, Edited by Newell, P. and Ilgen, A., Elsevier, pp. 287-304. DOI:
  • Park, T., Joo, H.-W., Kim, G.-Y., Kim, S., Yoon, S., and Kwon, T.-H. (2017). "Biosurfactant as an enhancer of geologic carbon storage: Microbial modification of interfacial tension and contact angle in carbon dioxide/water/quartz systems." Frontiers in Microbiology, 8:1285.
  • Kim, S., Ko, J., Kim, S., Seo, H. and Tummalapudi, M. "Investigation of small-scale CAES (compressed air energy storage) pile as a foundation system." Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, 103-112.
  • Kim, S. and Hosseini, S.A. (2016). "Study on the ratio of stress-pore pressure changes during fluid injection and its implications for CO2 geologic storage." Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 149, 138-150.
  • Kim, S. and Santamarina, J. C. "Rock crushing using microwave pre-treatment." Geo-Chicago 2016: Sustainable Materials and Resource Conservation, 720-729.
  • Kim, S., Kim S., Seo, H., and Jung, J. W. "Mechanical behavior of a pile used for small-scale compressed air energy storage." Geo-Chicago 2016: Geotechnics for Sustainable Energy, 135-143.
  • Kim, S. and Santamarina, J.C. (2016). "Geometry-coupled reactive fluid transport at the fracture scale: application to CO2 geologic storage" Geofluids, 16, 329-341.
  • Kim, S. and Hosseini, S.A. (2015). "Hydro-thermo-mechanical analysis during injection of cold fluid into a geologic formation." International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 77, 220-236.
  • Kim, S. and Santamarina, J.C. (2015) "Reactive fluid flow in CO2 storage reservoirs – Pore network model study." Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 5, 462-473.
  • Kim, S. and Hosseini, S. A. (2014) "Geological CO2 storage: Incorporation of pore pressure/stress coupling and thermal effect to determine maximum sustainable pressure limit." Energy Procedia, 63, 3339-3346.
  • Kim, S. and Santamarina, J. C. (2014). "CO2 geological storage: Hydro-chemo-mechanical analyses and implications." Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 4, 528-543.
  • Kim, S. and Hosseini, S.A. (2014). "Above-zone pressure monitoring and geomechanical analyses for a field-scale CO2 injection project, Cranfield, MS." Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 4, 81-98.
  • Kim, S. and Santamarina, J. C. (2014). "Engineered CO2 injection: The use of surfactants for enhanced sweep efficiency." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 20, 324-332.
  • Kim, S. and Santamarina, J. C. (2013). "CO2 breakthrough and leak - sealing experiments on shale and cement." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 19, 471-477.

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