Dr. Min-Wook Kang, P.E.

Dr. Min-Wook Kang, P.E.

Associate Professor
Civil Engineering / Transportation Engineering


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland
  • M.S. Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Maryland
  • M.S. Transportation System Engineering, Hanyang University
  • B.S. Transportation System Engineering, Hanyang University


Dr. Kang’s research interests are in transportation engineering and safety, which include: i) advanced traffic operations and congestion management; ii) artificial intelligence in traffic management and transportation infrastructure design; iii) accident analysis and modeling; iv) transportation system evaluation...

He has expertise in quantitative methods in transportation engineering involving mathematical modeling and optimization; Artificial Intelligent (AI)-based optimization techniques. He also has extensive experience in simulation-based traffic safety and operation of highways and intersections. Dr. Kang has authored (or co-authored) many articles in journals and conference proceedings in the transportation literature.


Scholarly Book

Kang, M.-W. and Schonfeld, P. (2020), Artificial Intelligence in Highway Location and Alignment Optimization: Applications of Genetic Algorithms in Searching, Evaluating, and Optimizing Highway Location and Alignments. World Scientific Publishing, https://doi.org/10.1142/11059, Available at major bookstores, Amazon, Barns & Noble, etc. 

Refereed Journal Articles

Rahman*, M., Kang, M. W. (2020), Safety Evaluation of Drowsy Driving Advisory System: Alabama Case Study. Journal of Safety Research. 74 (2020), 45-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2020.04.005

Kang, M.-W., Rahman*, M., Lee, J. (2020), Determination and Utilization of Dilemma Zone Length and Location for Safety Assessment of Rural High-Speed Signalized Intersections. Transportation Research Record: 2674 (4) Journal of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 1-9, https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120911929

Mahbub*, M., Kang, M.-W.,  Lee, J.Y. (2019), Protected–Permissive Left Turn Phasing with Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal: Study of Red Intervals for an Effective Phase Transition. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering - Canadian Science Publishing. 46(8), pp. 732-741. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjce-2018-0381

Jagirdar*, R., Lee, J., Kim, K., & Kang, M.-W. (2019). Development and Evaluation of Traffic Count Sensor with Low-Cost Light-Detection and Ranging and Continuous Wavelet Transform: Initial Results. Transportation Research Record 2673(11): Journal of the Transportation Research Board,  pp. 209-219. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119853564

Kang, M.-W. and Momtaz*, S. (2018), Assessment of Driver Compliance on Roadside Safety Signs with Warning Sounds from Road Surface - A Driving Simulator Study, Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering - Elsevier. 5(1), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtte.2017.09.001

Kang, M.-W. and Schonfeld, P. (2017), Analysis of Seasonal Variation of Upper Mississippi River Towboat Traffic, In Proceedings of 96th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board of National Academy of Sciences, Paper No. 17-02212.

Kang, M.-W., Momtaz*, S., and Barnett, T. (2015), Crash Analysis and Public Survey for Drowsy Driving Advisory Systems, ASCE - Journal of Transportation Engineering, 141(9). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000777

Kim, E., Jha, M.K., and Kang, M.-W. (2015), A Sensitivity Analysis of Critical Genetic Algorithm Parameters: Highway Alignment Optimization Case StudyInternational Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems, 6(1), pp. 30-48.

Kang, M.-W., Jha, M.K., and Buddharaju*, R. (2014), A Rail Transit Route Optimization Model for Rail Infrastructure Planning and Design: Case Study of St Andrews, ScotlandASCE - Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 140, Issue 1, pp. 1-11.

Yang, N., Kang, M.-W., Schonfeld, P., and Jha, M.K. (2014), Multiple Objective Optimization of Highway Alignments Incorporating Preference Information,Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technology, Vol. 40, March 2014, pp. 36-48.

Mishra, S., Kang, M.-W., and Jha, M.K. (2014). An Empirical Model with Environmental Considerations in Highway Alignment Optimization, Empirical Model with Environmental Considerations in Highway Alignment Optimization,  ASCE - Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 1-12.

Jha, M.K., Kang, M.-W., Mishra, S., Samanta, S., and Lyons, N. (2014), Urban Rail Transit Planning and Design: Discussion of Practical Issues and Analytical Modeling Techniques, In Proceedings of 93th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board of the National Academy, Paper No. 14-5309 on CD-ROM.

Kang, M.-W., Shariat*, S. and Jha, M.K. (2013), New Highway Geometric Design Methods for Minimizing Vehicular Fuel Consumption and Improving Safety,Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technology, Vol. 31, pp. 99-111.

Corliss*, D. and Kang, M.-W. (2013), Roundabout Feasibility for Improving a University Campus Intersection, Using Microscopic Traffic Simulation Approaches, In Recent Researches in Urban Sustainability, Architecture and Structures, Oludare Owolabi and Manoj Jha (ed.)ISBN: 978-960-474-331-5, pp. 58-65, WSEAS Press.

Jha, M.K., Djiki, B., Kang, M.-W., and Kim, E. (2013), Cost-Benefit Analysis in Applying Design Flexibility and Context Sensitive Solutions: A Case Study of Alternative Alignment of MD 43 Extension, in Highways: Construction, Management, and Maintenance, Samantha R. Jones (ed.), ISBN: 978-1-61728-862-3, pp. 133-147, Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Buddharaju*, R., Jha, M.K., Kang, M.-W., Mishra, S., and Ponnada, M. (2013), Predicting Road Accidents and Prioritizing Road Safety Improvement Measures in India Using Adapted Traffic Conflict Techniques, In Proceedings of the 92th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Paper No. 13-5157 on CD-ROM.

Kang, M.-W., Jha, M.K., and Schonfeld, P. (2012), Applicability of Highway Alignment Optimization Models, Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technology, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 257-286.


  • CE 102 Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • CE 352 Transportation Engineering
  • CE 353/CE 552 Transportation Geometric Design
  • CE 490/CE 590 Highway Safety
  • CE 490/CE 551 Advanced Traffic Engineering
  • EG 501 Research Integrity and Seminar

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