Faculty Profile for Dr. Sangchul Hwang

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Dr. Sangchul Hwang
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 water quality enhancement and resource recovery. His current research thrust is with design, optimization, and implementation of eco-friendly pervious concrete pavement as a 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). Pervious Rooftop Layer for Rain Harvesting and Inactivation of E. coli, USGS, Federal, $50000. (Funded: 2014 - 2016). Grant.
  • Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Principal). Structural and Reactive Pervious Composite for Urban Storm Water Management, AES Puerto Rico, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $710000. (Funded: 2012 - 2018). Grant.
  • Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Principal). Solar-Powered Drum Filtration and Disinfection for Rural Community, USGS, Federal, $65700. (Funded: 2012 - 2015). Grant.
  • Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Principal). Water Quality Assessment for Application of Ash Aggregates to Soils, AES Puerto Rico, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $206700. (Funded: 2011 - 2013). Grant.
  • Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Supporting). Nanotechnology Based Remediation (a sub-project of Nanotechnology from Basic Science to Emerging Applications: Institute for Functional Nanomaterials), NSF, Federal. (Funded: 2010 - 2015). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Plum Creek Wetlands Preserve Planning Committee
July 2021-Present
Editorial Review Board Member
Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil (RIDNAIC)
September 2020-Present
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
September 2020-Present
A Friend of the Committee
Transportation Research Board AMS20 Committee on Resource Conservation and Recovery
September 2020-Present
Seminar Lecturer
Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center
January 2006-Present