Richard Kim

Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor

Dr. Y. Richard Kim received his Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University, Korea, and Master’s and PhD degrees from Texas A&M University, USA. Currently Dr. Kim is the Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor and Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University and Changjiang Scholar in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Chang’an University in China. Changjiang Scholar is the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. He has over thirty years of experience in both the laboratory and field aspects of the performance evaluation of asphalt materials and pavements.

Professor Kim is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He is also a board member of International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP) and was the chair of the 2014 ISAP Conference on Asphalt Pavements. Dr. Kim has published over 300 papers in national and international technical journals and proceedings. He is the editor of the ASCE book entitled Modeling of Asphalt Concrete and the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering and International Journal of Highway Engineering. He has spoken at numerous national and international settings, including over 120 invited/keynote speeches.

Professor Kim teaches CE 332 Materials of Construction, CE 595A Bituminous Materials, CE 594C Nondestructive Evaluation of Civil Infrastructure, CE 755 Highway Pavement Design, CE 757 Pavement Management Systems, and CE 759 Inelastic Behavior of Civil Infrastructure. Professor Kim has advised 55 PhD students and 43 Masters students during his 30-year tenure at NC State University. His teaching and mentoring efforts were recognized by the Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship in 2012. Professor Kim has won numerous awards, including the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence (2019). The Holladay Medal is the highest award at NC State University to recognize members of the faculty whose careers have demonstrated outstanding achievement and sustained impact in research, teaching or extension and engagement. In 2016, Professor Kim became one of the eleven inaugural members of the Research Leadership Academy at NC State University. The Research Leadership Academy is the faculty-driven epicenter of research leadership and faculty mentoring enhancing NCSU’s research culture and is composed of the University’s most outstanding researchers and mentors from diverse fields.


Ph.D. 1988

Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University

M.S. 1985

Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University

B.S. 1980

Civil Engineering

Seoul National University

Research Description

Dr. Kim's research interests are in pavement design and rehabilitation, bituminous materials, pavement preservation, nondestructive evaluation of pavements, and performance modeling.

Honors and Awards

  • Kimley-Horn Faculty Award, 1992
  • Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Award by the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists , 1997
  • The ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award , 1998
  • Distinguished Research Fellowship by the Korean Science and Engineering Foundation , 2003
  • Special Contribution Appreciation Award by the Korean Society of Pavement Engineers , 2004
  • Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Award by the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists , 2006
  • Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Award by the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists , 2009
  • Elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers , 2011
  • Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award , 2012
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Civil Engineering Department, Seoul National University, Korea , 2014
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award , 2014
  • The ALCOA Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award , 2015
  • Elected Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, 2015
  • Elected inaugural member of the Research Leadership Academy at NC State University , 2016
  • Changjiang Scholar Award by the Ministry of Education, China, 2016
  • The R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension, 2018
  • Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence Award , 2019


A Composite Model for Predicting the Coefficient of Thermal Contraction for Asphalt Concrete Mixtures
Keshavarzi, B., Mocelin, D., & Kim, Y. R. (2022), JOURNAL OF TESTING AND EVALUATION, 50(1), 1–23.
A Triaxial Viscoplastic Model with Temperature Dependence for Asphalt Concrete Permanent Deformation
A triaxial linear viscoelastic characterization framework for asphalt concrete based on the 2S2P1D model
Cao, W., Lacroix, A., & Kim, Y. R. (2022), EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MECHANICS A-SOLIDS, 92.
Comparison of asphalt mixtures containing polymeric compounds and polymer-modified bitumen based on the VECD theory
Spadoni, S., Ingrassia, L. P., Mocelin, D., Kim, Y. R., & Canestrari, F. (2022), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 349.
Contribution to the mechanistic-empirical roughness prediction in asphalt pavements
Bueno, L. D., Pereira, D. da S., Specht, L. P., Nascimento, L. A. H., Schuster, S. L., Fritzen, M. A., … Back, A. H. (2022, February 3), ROAD MATERIALS AND PAVEMENT DESIGN.
Cracking performance predictions using index-volumetrics relationships with direct tension cyclic fatigue test and Illinois Flexibility Index Test (I-FIT)
Jeong, J., Underwood, S., & Kim, Y. R. (2022), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 315.
Field Calibration and Validation of a Pavement Aging Model
Saleh, N. F., Braswell, E., Elwardany, M., Rad, F. Y., Castorena, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2022), International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 2.
COVID-19, Uncertainty, and the Need for Resilience-Based Thinking in Pavement Engineering
Gulzar, S., Richard Kim, Y., Castorena, C., & Shane Underwood, B. (2021), JOURNAL OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING PART B-PAVEMENTS, 147(1).
Determination of Dynamic Modulus Master Curve of Damaged Asphalt Pavements for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Rehabilitation Design
Zeng, Z., Lee, K., & Kim, Y. R. (2021, February 28), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 2.
Development of framework of the predictive performance-engineered mix design procedure for asphalt mixtures
Wang, Y. D., Ghanbari, A., Underwood, B. S., & Kim, Y. R. (2021, June 9), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING, Vol. 6.

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Balanced Asphalt Mix Design for North Carolina
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/22 - 7/31/24)
BMD+ and PEM+ Advances Mixture Performance Comparison and Next Generation Pavement Design
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(11/11/21 - 5/29/23)
Performance Evaluation of HWY-2017-29 Project Asphalt Mixtures and Pavement
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/21 - 7/31/23)
Modifying Existing Asphalt Mix Design Procedures for RAP/RAS Surface Mixtures
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/21 - 8/15/23)
Asphalt Pavement Reflective Cracking Model to Better Address Rehabilitation
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(9/27/21 - 7/26/23)
Seasonal Effects due to Moisture Variation and Investigation of Cyclic Fatigue Temperature and End Failure on Pavement Performance
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(8/12/20 - 2/10/23)
Field Evaluation of Interlayer-Reinforced Asphalt Overlay Performance
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/21 - 7/31/23)
TFRS 01: Quality Assurance (QA) Aspects of Performance Related Specifications (PRS)
National Academy of Sciences(4/15/20 - 8/13/22)
Ruggedness and Interlaboratory Studies for Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Small Scale Dynamic Modulus
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(3/11/20 - 6/23/23)
TOPR for Performance Related Specifications Advances Quality Assurance for Pavements
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(8/02/18 - 8/01/20)