Faculty/Staff Directory

In Ho Cho

  • Assistant Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

326 Town Engr
Ames, IA 50011-3232
Phone: 515-294-3241


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering/Minor in Computational Science and Engineering, California Institute of Technology-Pasadena, 2012
  • M.S. Civil, Urban and Geosystem Engineering, Seoul National University, 2003
  • B.S. Engineering, Seoul National University, 2001

Interest Areas

  • Big Data-Oriented Engineering and Science
  • High Performance Computing/Parallel Computing Algorithms
  • Parallel Multi-Scale Finite Element Analysis
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Engineering Seismology
  • Structural Engineering for Soft Micro-Robotics

Brief Biography

In Ho Cho is an assistant professor at Iowa State University's Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. He began at Iowa State University in 2014. His research focuses on novel big data approaches to traditional engineering fields, including earthquake engineering and structural engineering. Advanced parallel computing technology and cutting-edge multi-scale finite element analyses are his primary research focuses. Cho is actively applying theories of structures and computational engineering to the areas of micro soft robotics.

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist of the 2015 World Technology Network Award, New York, NY, 2015
  • Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellowships in Engineering, ISU, 2014-2017
  • Willis Research Network Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Colorado, 2012-2014
  • G. W. Housner Fellowship, California Institute Technology, 2007-2012
  • SEAOSC (Structural Engineers Association of Southern California) Scholarship, 2009


  • NSF CBET: Micro-Soft Robotics
  • MTC Project: Big Data-Driven Bridge Engineering
  • ISU Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research in Data Driven Science

News Articles


Selected Publications

  1. Qiang Li*, Akshit Peer*, In Ho Cho, Rana Biswas, and Jaeyoun Kim, 2018. Observation of nanopatterned triboelectric charges on elastomer surfaces induced by replica molding. Nature Communications, Vol. 9, Ariticle Number: 974. [DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03319-4].
  2. Jungwook Paek*, Qiang Li*, In Ho Cho, Jaeyoun Kim, 2016. Minimally Intrusive Optical Micro-Strain Sensing in Bulk Elastomer using Embedded Fabry-Perot Etalon, Micromachines, 7(4), 61 [doi:10.3390/mi7040061].
  3. Jungwook Paek*, In Ho Cho, and Jaeyoun Kim, 2015. Microrobotic tentacles with spiral bending capability based on shape-engineered elastomeric microtubes, Nature Scientific Reports, Article number: 10768 [DOI:10.1038/srep10768].
  4. Jongho Im, In Ho Cho, and Jaekwang Kim, 2018, FHDI: An R Package for Fractional Hot-Deck Imputation for multivariate missing data, The R Journal (in press).
  5. In Ho Cho, Ikkyun Song*, and Ya Lu Teng*, 2018, Numerical Moment Matching Stabilized by a Genetic Algorithm for Engineering Data Squashing and Fast Uncertainty Quantification, Computers and Structures Vol. 204, 31-47. [doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruc.2018.04.002].
  6. Ikkyun Song*, In Ho Cho, Tom Tessitore, Tony Gurcsik, and Halil Ceylan, 2018, Data-Driven Prediction of Runway Incursions with Uncertainty Quantification, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Vol. 32 (2) [doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000733].
  7. Ikkyun Song*, In Ho Cho, and Raymond K. W. Wong, 2018, An Advanced Statistical Approach to Data-Driven Earthquake Engineering, Journal of Earthquake Engineering (in press). [doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2018.1461713].
  8. In Ho Cho and Keith Porter, 2016. Modeling Building Classes using Moment Matching, Earthquake Spectra, 32(1), 285-301. [doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/071712EQS239M].
  9. JYicheng Yang*, Sai Yemmaleni*, Ikkyun Song*, and In Ho Cho, 2018, Cell Network-Based Formulas for Fast Determination of Stiffness Reduction of Non-Rectangular Core Shear Walls, Earthquake Spectra, (in-press) [doi.org/10.1193/010317EQS003M].
  10. In Ho Cho, 2018, Deformation Gradient-Based Remedy for Mesh Objective Three-Dimensional Interlocking Mechanism, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 144(1) [doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0001369].
  11. In Ho Cho and Keith Porter, 2014. Multilayered Grouping Parallel Algorithm for Multiple-level Multiscale Analyses, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol. 100(12), pp. 914-932. [DOI: 10.1002/nme.4791].
  12. In Ho Cho and Keith Porter, 2014. Structure-Independent Parallel Platform for Nonlinear Analyses of General Real-Scale RC Structures under Cyclic Loading, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering 140(8), SPECIAL ISSUE: Computational Simulation in Structural Engineering, A4013001. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000871].
  13. In Ho Cho and Keith Porter, 2016. Modeling Building Classes using Moment Matching, Earthquake Spectra, 32(1), 285-301. [doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/071712EQS239M].
  14. In Ho Cho and John F. Hall, 2014. General Confinement Model based on Nonlocal Information, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics 140(6). [10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000724].
  15. In Ho Cho and Keith Porter, 2014. Three-Stage Multiscale Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis Platform for Tackling Building Classes, Earthquake Spectra 31(2), [doi: 10.1193/092712EQS293M].
  16. In Ho Cho, 2013. Virtual Earthquake Engineering Laboratory Capturing Nonlinear Shear, Localized Damage and Progressive Buckling of Bar, Earthquake Spectra 29(1), 103-126. [doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/1.4000095].
  17. In Ho Cho and John F. Hall, 2012. Parallelized Implicit Nonlinear FEA Program for Real Scale RC Structures under Cyclic Loading, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering 26(3), 356-365. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000138].
(*) indicates graduate student advisees