Faculty Profile for Dr. Sangchul Hwang

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Dr. Sangchul Hwang
Associate Professor — Ingram School of Engineering
Associate Professor — Ingram School of Engineering
phone: (512) 245-3858

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Sangchul Hwang is an associate professor of Civil / Environmental Engineering in Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University. He joined the faculty in 2020 after serving as a professor for 16 years at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas (#131161). Prior to joining the UPR-Mayagüez, he did two post-doctoral appointments: one was at US EPA National Risk Management Research Laboratory (OK) and the other at US Army ERDC Environmental Laboratory (MS). He acquired a PhD degree from the University of Akron (OH).

Teaching Interests

Dr. Hwang is interested in teaching various environmental and water resources engineering courses: from Fluid Mechanics and Water Treatment to Waste Management.

Research Interests

Dr. Hwang’s research expertise is broadly in nature-inspired frugal engineering, water quality enhancement and resource recovery. His current research thrust is with upcycling of invasive aquatic plants to produce menstrual hygiene products and with design, optimization, and implementation of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development tool.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Arocho, M., Segarra, R., Diaz, V., & Hwang, S. S. (2018). Eco-friendly pervious concrete infrastructure for stormwater management and bicycle parking: A case study. Urban Water Journal, 15, 713–721. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2018.1536760
  • Hwang, V., Masters, A., Arocho, M., & Hwang, S. S. (2017). Fly ash-amended pervious concrete pavement followed by bamboo bioretention basin with Dracaena sanderiana for urban stormwater runoff control. Construction & Building Materials, 132, 161–169.
  • Latorre, I., Hwang, S. S., Sevillano, M., & Montalvo, R. (2012). PVC Biodeterioration and DEHP Leaching by DEHP-degrading Bacteria. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 69, 73–81.
  • Hwang, S. S., Martinez, D., Perez, P., & Rinaldi, C. (2011). Effect of surfactant-coated iron oxide nanoparticles on the effluent water quality from a simulated sequencing batch reactor treating domestic wastewater. Environmental Pollution, 159, 3411–3415.
  • Huling, S., & Hwang, S. S. (2010). Iron Amendment and Fenton Oxidation of MTBE-Spent Granular Activated Carbon. Water Research, 44, 2663–2671.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Professional Engineer, Texas Board of Professional Engineer. July 9, 2018 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Certified Pervious Concrete Technician, NRMCA. March 6, 2016 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Tau Beta Pi, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society. December 2001 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Invited Talk, US EPA Region 3 Headquater. March 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Professor of Civil Engineering, 2012-2013, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. May 2014

Selected Grants

  • Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Principal), Yeon, Jung (Co-Principal), Shi, Xijun (Co-Principal), Ozbakkaloglu, Togay (Co-Principal), Kulesza, Stacey (Co-Principal), Carvallo, Andres (Co-Principal). Professional Services and Studies on Green and Technology-Enhanced Infrastructure Management and Firefighter's Health, Hays County, $167454. (Funded: January 2023 - December 2024). Grant.
  • Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Biediger-Friedman, Lesli M (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), Renick, Cecil O (Co-Principal), Mileski, Michael (Supporting), Ramamonjiarivelo, Zo H (Supporting), Sen, Keya (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Supporting), Charles, Joni S J (Supporting), Perez, Eduardo (Supporting), Shanmugam, Ram (Supporting), Stigler Granados, Paula Elaine (Supporting), Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Supporting). Nutrition for Underserved Elderly via Application (NUEVA), DHHS (Administration for Community Living, acl.gov), Federal, $3000000. (Submitted: March 10, 2022, Funded: August 2022 - August 2027). Grant.
  • Yeon, Jung Heum (Principal), Ozbakkaloglu, Togay (Co-Principal), Hwang, Sangchul (Co-Principal), Song, In-Hyouk (Co-Principal). Development of IoT-Based Snow Removal System for Preemptive Response to Heavy Snow and Black Ice, Seoul Institute of Technology (SIT), International, $326551. (Funded: September 2021 - December 2023). Grant.
  • Hustvedt, Gwendolyn, Hwang, Sangchul Scott, (Waliczek) Cade, Tina Marie. MESH (Making Erosion-safe Shoreline from Hyacinth), Environmental Protection Agency - P3, Federal, $25000. (Submitted: 2021, Funded: 2022 - 2023). Grant.
  • Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Principal), Shanahan, Sydney, Krylova, Veronika. Open Planet ENgineering, Texas State University, $8000. (Funded: March 2022 - September 2022). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

ARIA: Alliance of Researchers in Aging
April 2022-Present
Women's Relief Institute
April 2022-Present
Plum Creek Watershed Partnership Steering Committee
December 2021-Present
ISoE Personal Committee
September 2021-Present
Plum Creek Wetlands Preserve Planning Committee
July 2021-Present