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Namgyun Kim

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics


Email: Namgyun Kim
Kettering Laboratories Room 421 E



Dr. Kim joined the University of Dayton as an assistant professor in 2022. His research incorporates learning science, cognitive psychology, VR/AR, and computer science to enhance construction safety and health management. He has nine years of industry experience in the construction industry and the offshore industry.

Selected Publications

  • Kim, N., Anderson, B. A., & Ahn, C. R. (2021). Reducing risk habituation to struck-by hazards in a road construction environment using virtual reality behavioral intervention. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 147(11), 04021157.
  • Kim, N., Kim, J., & Ahn, C. R. (2021). Predicting workers’ inattentiveness to struck-by hazards by monitoring biosignals during a construction task: A virtual reality experiment. Advanced Engineering Informatics, Elsevier, 49, 101359.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2022, 1st Place Award, Vice President for Research: Excellence in Research Award  (Overall Winner of All Academic Disciplines), Student Research Week 2022, Texas A&M University. Restoring workers' sensory responses to auditory warning alarms in real-world through virtual accident experience. Kim, N., Yan, N., and Razavi, M.
  • 2021, 1st Place Best Poster Award, Associated Schools of Construction Annual International Conference 2021 (ASC 2021), Chico, CA. Virtual Reality Safety Training to Prevent Construction Workers’ Loss of Attention to Repeatedly Exposed Workplace Hazards. Kim, N., and Ahn, C. R.
  • 2021, 2nd Place Best Poster Award, The 2021 Transportation Consortium of South-Central States Conference (2021 Tran-SET Conference), Jonesboro, AR. Preventing Struck-by Hazards: Defying Risk habituation via Virtual Accident Simulation. Kim, N., Anderson, B. A., and Ahn, C. R.
  • 2021, 1st Place Award, The 2021-2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, Texas A&M University. Restoring Construction Workers’ Attention to Repeatedly Exposed Workplace Hazards Using Virtual Accident Simulation. Kim, N.
  • 2020, 1st Place Award, Research in Workforce Psychology Category, Student Research Week 2021, Texas A&M University. Virtual Reality-based Behavioral Intervention Strategy: Defying Risk Habituation by Enhancing Workers’ Vigilant Behavior. Kim, N., and Ahn, C. R.
  • 2019, 1st Place Award, Zachry Engineering Project Showcase, Texas A&M University, TX. PhobiApp: Overcoming Glossophobia Using Virtual Reality and Biosensors. Bustaman. L., Kim, N., Chavez, M., Babatunde, S., Schommer, C.
  • 2018, 1st Place Award, Dell-sponsored Aggies AR/VR Invent, Texas A&M University, TX. Overcome Fear of Public Speaking with Virtual Reality. Kim, N., Chavez, M., Babatunde, S., Schommer, C., Bustaman. L.


  • Ph.D., Construction Science, Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Architectural Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering, Konkuk University

Licenses, Certifications and Credentials

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Construction Safety Engineer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Operations, Inspection, Maintenance, Repair and Decommissioning Engineer

Courses Taught

  • CEE 421 Construction Engineering

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2019 - Present
  • Member, Korean-American Construction Engineering and Project Management Association (KACEPMA), 2018 - Present
  • Member, Project Management Institute (PMI), 2014 - Present
  • Member, Korea Construction Engineers Association (KOCEA), 2008 - Present

Research Interests

  • VR/AR for Safety Monitoring and Training
  • Human-centered Robotization of Construction Processes
  • Cyber-Physical Systems for Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance