Yongxin Yang, China
The Executive Committee of IABSE has conferred the IABSE Prize 2011 to Yongxin Yang, China,
"in recognition of his outstanding contribution to bridge engineering through his research work, in particular in wind resistance on long-span bridges in China”.
Yongxin Yang, received his bachelor’s degree in Bridge Engineering from Tongji University in 1997. After graduation from Tongji University majoring in Bridge and Tunnel Engineering with Ph.D. degree under the guidance of Prof. Haifan Xiang and Prof. Yaojun Ge, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at Tongji University in 2002. Five years later, he was promoted to Associate Professor and appointed as the Deputy Director of Wind Tunnel Laboratory in the State Key Laboratory for Disaster Reduction in Civil Engineering.
He has been carrying out fundamental researches on bridge aerodynamics and its application in the design and construction of long-span bridges, with emphasis on Atmospheric Boundary Layer wind characteristics, aerodynamic and aero-elastic responses of bridges under wind action, aerodynamic instability mechanism of long-span bridges and counter measurements to improve the aerodynamic stability of bridge structures. He has published more than 30 academic papers and his work has been financially supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China the Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China and the China-Japan NSFCJST Cooperative Research Project.
In addition to his contributions to the advancement in the fundamental researches on bridge aerodynamics, he has also been actively taking engineering responsibilities in wind-resistant designs of major long-span bridges, including Xihoumen Bridge, Wuhan Erqi Yangtze River Bridge, Shanghai Yangtze River Bridge, Donghai Bridge, Qingdao Bay Bridge, Lupu Bridge, Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge and so on. For his contributions, he has been awarded the First and Second Class of Shanghai Science and Technology Award in 2006 and 2009. He is a member of IABSE Working Commission 1 ‘Structural Performance, Safety and Analysis’.