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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Sengkwan Choi is reader at the School of the Built Environment in Ulster University.  He obtained BSc of Civil Eng. from Inha University in Korea and MSc of Structural Eng. from UMIST. After a short period in practice, he completed his doctorate in a field of structural fire safety in 2005 at the University of Sheffield.Prior to take up an appointment of a lecturer at Ulster University, he worked for three years as a senior researcher of structure fire engineering at Korean Institute of Construction Technology.  He has maintained a close working relationship with industries such as steel construction, fire protection and structural consultancy.  His research work initially involved various aspects of fire safety engineering, from experiments to numerical analyses, conceptual applications and the development of new design concept. Since 2017, his research has been further driven by industries such as automotive industry and battery manufacturer to investigate the fire safety of Li-ion battery in application of electric vehicles and energy storage systems. He has published over 60 research papers and secured awards of over 2.0m GBP in research grant funding.

Current and Recent Grants

Development of Emergency Response Training Facilities

Choi, S.

Korean National Fire Agency: £330,000.00

1/10/19 → 30/06/24


Development of Optimum Firefighting Strategy for Battery Electric Cars

Choi, S.

Korean National Fire Agency: £133,053.00

1/05/20 → 31/01/25


Fire Safety Evaluation technology and infrastructure development project for high energy lithium rechargable batteries.

Choi, S.

Korea Testing Certification: £52,678.00

1/12/20 → 30/09/24

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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