Seunghee Kim

Seunghee Kim, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
PKI 204C
Scott Campus (Omaha)
(402) 554-3547
Personal Links:
CV_Seunghee Kim.pdf
Personal website

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
GRA Positions Available

Dr. Seunghee Kim is looking for one Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to join the Energy-Geosystems research group at UNL. The GRA position is available for Fall 2018. Should you be interested, please contact him directly.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Hydro-chemo-thermo-mechanically coupled processes related to energy geotechnology
  • Reactive/multi-phase fluid flow in deformable porous media
  • Underground utilization and energy storage
  • Application: CO2 geologic storage, compressed air energy storage, geothermal energy, wastewater injection, enhanced petroleum production
  • 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 CO2 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

  • 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)


  • CPT-based pile design, Nebraska Department of Roads (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

  • 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. (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 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.
  • Espinoza, D. N., Kim, S., and Santamarina, J. C. (2011). "CO2 geological storage – Geotechnical implications." KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 15(4), 707-719.