Man-Chung Tang, USA

Dr. Man-Chun Tang has been awarded with the 2010 International Award of Merit 'for blending art and engineering, and together sucessfully creating innovative concepts for  ignature bridges that are admired by both his peers and the general public alike'. The Award is conferred for outstanding contributions in the field of structural engineering, with special reference to their usefulness to society.

Dr. Man-Chung Tang is the Technical Director and Chairman of the Board of T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognised consulting firm with headquarters in San Francisco, California. Jacques Combault, President of IABSE, will present the Award on September 22, 2010, at the Opening Ceremony of the 34th IABSE Symposium in Venice, Italy. Dr. Tang received his Doctor of Civil Engineering in 1965 from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. His career spans more than 44 years, and encompasses designing and  onstructing over 100 bridges worldwide, including 32 cable-stayed bridges, four major suspension bridges, and numerous segmental bridges. A true leader and icon, Dr. Tang’s  ontributions to innovations in bridge design are demonstrated through teaching, writing over 100 technical papers, and offering numerous presentations. He is an honorary professor at ten niversities, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

A world authority on cable-stayed bridges, Dr. Tang served as Chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committee on cable-suspended bridges and published the definitive guideline for the design of cable-stayed bridges, used today by engineers all over the world. Dr. Tang is also a founding member of the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) committee that published 'Recommendations for the Design and Testing of Stay Cables,' also used worldwide.

Dr. Tang’s bridges, besides being safe, functional and  conomical, are considered works of art– beautiful structures that blend seamlessly with their surroundings. It is often quoted that “the sun never sets on a Dr. Tang bridge,” as his designs can be found all around the globe. Dr. Tang continues to advance the field of bridge engineering as an innovator and an educator and he has been continually recognised by his peers for his dedication to the field.