New Face: Jin Ouk Choi

Jin Ouk Choi’s research concentrates on giving the construction market the performance and efficiency gains experienced by making over the previous a number of years.

Why about UNLV strikes you as various from the other places you have worked or where you went to school?

The people and the city. When I came out to talk to for the position, the faculty and personnel in the civil and ecological engineering department in the College of Engineering were so friendly, happy, and welcoming. Before transferring to Las Vegas, I worked as a postdoc at two different universities, and have actually been to multiple other college institutions. I found everyone at UNLV to be the best. Also, I have been to almost 40 states in the United States, and to 20 various countries. Amongst all the cities I have checked out, I would choose Las Vegas as one of the very best.

What inspired you to obtain into your field?.

The Chicago city skyline. I grew up in Daejeon and Seoul, South Korea, however as a child we took a trip to the United States, and I lived here for a short time. It was when I had to do with 10 that we went to Chicago and that city’s horizon made a real impression on me.

What is the greatest challenge in your field?

Improving efficiency gains and task performances. While making productivity gains have been extremely significant over the last 30 years, the building and construction industry seems stuck in second gear. That’s why I’m focusing my research in modularization and standardization method to attain better task results in cost, schedule, quality, safety, and the environment.

Finish this sentence, “If I couldn’t work in my present field, I would like to …”.

I would be a specialist in an international business seeking advice from firm such as Boston Consulting Group or McKinsey & & Business. I’m in higher education due to the fact that I want to focus on my research.

Inform us about someone you admire and why?

My consultant, James T. O’Connor, C.T. Wells Teacher of Job Management and a professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. I admire his charm, leadership, understanding, passion, and vision in building and construction. Learning core principles and further improvements in building and construction engineering and management from Dr. O’Connor has actually instilled in me the desire to innovate and add to research study in the extremely tough and vibrant construction management location.

Do you have any tips for success for trainees?

Early preparation. Simply as pre-construction preparation is essential for successful job execution in building and construction, I believe early planning is necessary for a person’s profession success. I prepared and put in a great deal of effort to end up being a solid scientist and instructor. I think that my having the ability to complete my Ph.D. on the fast lane (which only took two and half years) resulted from my early preparation and establishing a broad foundation of scholastic knowledge in building and construction management.

Pastime or Pastimes.

Playing basketball and enjoying NBA video games. Go Spurs, Go!

Inform us about a things in your office that has significance for you and why.

My Ph.D. diploma. I feel incredibly happy with myself for protecting a Ph.D. in the highly reputed building engineering and job management graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Inform us about a time in your life when you have been daring.

Skydiving in 2011. I performed a tandem parachute jump from 12,000 feet, doing a complimentary fall of 60 seconds.

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