Prof. Guido Morgenthal, Germany

The IABSE Prize honours an IABSE Member - early in his or her career - for outstanding achievements in structural engineering. The Award is conferred on an individual member, forty years of age or younger. The 2014 IABSE Prize is awarded to Prof. Guido Morgenthal, Germany “in recognition of his significant contributions to the fields of structural dynamics and wind engineering and his involvement in many long-span bridge projects”

Guido Morgenthal studied at the Technical University of Berlin (Dipl.-Ing), Imperial College London (MSc) and at the University of Cambridge (MPhil and PhD) where he specialised in Structural Dynamics and Wind Engineering of Long Span Bridges. During his studies he had extended research stays at the University of Pavia, Italy, the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Nantes, France; ETH Zurich at the Institute of Computional Sciences, and also made a field trip to Peru. During his studies he received several scholarships, which in his professional life have been followed by various awards.

After his studies Guido Morgenthal gained extensive experience in practical bridge design of cable-stayed bridges. He worked with Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner on the structural design and the wind engineering of large cable-stayed bridges. Thereafter he joined AECOM and worked as Principal Engineer for the construction engineering of the Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong. He was also responsible for erection engineering and wind analysis of erection stages of Sutong Bridge, China. In 2010, after having been engaged at COWI Denmark’s Major Bridges Department, he became Chair Professor of ‘Modelling and Simulation of Structures’ at the Institute of Structural Engineering at Bauhaus University, Germany. He leads a research group of some 10 PhD students working on various projects in structural engineering. Guido Morgenthal is also active as independent expert consultant in bridge engineering.

Professor Morgenthal’s achievements include amongst others: the initiation of a new continuing education degree certificate course on Bridge Design and Construction at Bauhaus University; the development a software system for Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis of structures, e.g. bridge decks, for the numerical simulation of wind-induced dynamic response, and the development of new bridge monitoring technologies, as well as practical consulting work on long-span bridge aerodynamics.

Some of his other activities: he is the founding member and former Chair of the bridge engineering section of NGO ‘Engineers Without Borders Germany’ which has engaged him in various bridge projects for Rwanda; he is expert member of the German Certification Agency for Construction Products DIBt; Member of fib Task Group 1.2 ‘Bridges’, Honorary Editor of ICE journal Bridge Engineering, and a former expert member of the German Ministry of Transport’s ‘Future of Construction’ programme.

At IABSE he has contributed to various Technical Groups, as well as the Editorial Board of the journal Structural Engineering International (SEI) of which he is currently the Vice Chair. Recently he was appointed as Chair of the German Group of IABSE, and held the first Young Engineer’s Colloquium for Germany in Dresden in April 2014. Currently he is part of the Core Group preparing the IABSE Geneva Conference 2015.