Dr. Young Hoon Kwak is a faculty member in the Department of Decision Sciences and serves as a Director of International Center for Project Management at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) in Washington, D.C. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering and Project Management as well as Management of Technology (MOT) Certificate from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a visiting engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a visiting assistant professor at the Florida International University, and a visiting scholar at the IPA Institute. He concurrently holds a visiting professor position at the faculty of economics and business administration at Ghent University in Belgium.
Dr. Kwak is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management in Engineering published by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), specialty editor for the Case Studies section of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE) and Department Editor for Project Management of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE). He also serves on the editorial board for International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald), and Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management (KICEM). He has consulted and lectured worldwide for governmental organizations and private companies including US Department of State, US Department of Education, US Navy, NASA, States Department of Transportation, Independent Project Analysis, The Korea-US Science Cooperation Center, POSCO, Daewoo, LG, Hanmi Global, KICT, CERIK, etc. and presented and published over hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. Please visit http://blogs.gwu.edu/kwak/publications/ for full publication lists.
Dr. Kwak’s primary research interests include project, program, and portfolio management; engineering and technology management; and complex megaproject management. He has a sector interest in the engineering, construction, infrastructure, and built environment. He is currently conducting a research as a co-principal investigator for Construction Industry Institute's study on “Design Standardization in the Upstream, Midstream, and Mining Sector”. He is a four-time recipient of research grants sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a three-time recipient of the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s research stipend. He received, 2019 Best Peer Review Paper Award for Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE), 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award from Korean American Construction, Engineering, and Project Management Association (KACEPMA) as a founding president, 2014 International Network of Business and Management Journals (INBAM) Best Paper Award in the track organized by International Journal of Project Management, and 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Outstanding Research Contributions Award.