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Naeem Ullah Hussain, Hong Kong SAR China (Chair) 

Naeem Hussain is an Arup Fellow, Director and Global Bridge Leader for Arup and is currently based in Hong Kong. Naeem has designed and project managed large infrastructure projects in both roads and railways but his main focus has been on bridges. Amongst the notable bridges that he has designed are the River Ouse Crossing in York, Hulme Arch Bridge in Manchester, Oresund Crossing between Denmark and Sweden, Medway Crossing on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong. He is the concept designer and Main Crossing Manager for the unique 3-tower cable stay Queensferry Bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland, and is the designer and Project Director for the 30km Brunei Muara –Temburong Sea Crossing link in Brunei.

Annette Bögle, Germany

Annette Bögle is Full Professor for Design and Analysis of Structures since 2011 at the HafenCity University Hamburg. Actually she is also Vice-President for Research and Internationalization. Her research focuses on lightweight structures, the process of designing in engineering, education structural design and history of structural engineering. She finished the studies of Civil and Structural Engineering in the University of Stuttgart in 1994 and worked in the Engineering Consultancy Boll und Partner in Stuttgart. She received her PhD from the University of Stuttgart, where she was Research Assistant at the Institute for Conceptual and Structural Design II (Prof. Jörg Schlaich). In the period 2001-2004 she was Curator for the exhibition “leicht weit – Light Structures, Jörg Schlaich, Rudolf Bergermann” in the German Architectural Museum, DAM, Frankfurt/Main. In the period 2004-2011 she was Senior Research Assistant, in the TU Berlin, Department of Conceptual and Structural Design (Prof. Mike Schlaich).

Rebecca Buntrock, 

Rebecca joined Silman in 2010 and was promoted to Associate in 2018. She has managed a variety of projects for all types of building construction, but has expertise in historic preservation and existing buildings. She has a wide breadth of design experience ranging from iconic new construction projects to the complicated restoration of landmark buildings. Rebecca was the Robert Silman Fellow for Preservation Engineering at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012. She is active in industry organizations and currently serves as a Board Member and President of the Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter (APTNE). As a member of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), she served on the Organizing Committee for the 2019 Symposium and planned the Future of Design Conferences in New York City in 2017 and 2018.

Jacques Combault, France

Jacques COMBAULT was born in 1943. He began his career in the Design Department of CAMPENON BERNARD. Named director of the Bridge Design Section in 1980, Jacques was associated with major innovations in the field of bridges; he was also involved in the design and construction of large cable stayed bridges abroad. In 1993, he became Scientific Director of GTM and involved in the design and construction of the Second Severn Crossing, the Confederation Bridge and the Rion-Antirion Bridge. Jacques received the fib Medal of Merit 2004 and became President of IABSE from 2007 to 2010. Having published over 40 scientific and technical papers and delivered talks at many international conferences as Key-Note Speaker he is currently professor at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and Technical Director of Finley Engineering Group.

Ian Firth, UK

Ian Firth is an engineer with over 40 years of experience and is recognised as one of the world’s leading bridge designers. His work encompasses a wide range from small footbridges to some of the world's longest span crossings. Ian joined Flint & Neill on graduating from Bristol University in 1979 and became a Partner in 1990. Flint & Neill joined COWI in 2008 and re-branded as COWI in 2017, and Ian has been an independent structural engineering consultant since January 2018. He is a Past President of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Chairman of the British Group of IABSE and Trustee of the charity Bridges to Prosperity. He is also Visiting Professor in conceptual and creative structural design at the University of Warwick.

Yozo Fujino, Japan

Dr. Yozo FUJINO is President of Josai University since April 2020. He was Professor Emeritus of University of Tokyo and Yokohama National Univeristy. His area of expertise includes dynamics, control and monitoring of bridges, and earthquake- and wind-effects on structures. He is also very much interested in cable-supported long span bridges. He was Vice President of IABSE from 2008-2016. He received many awars including IABSE Award(2014), R.H. Scanlan Medal(2011) George Winter Medal(2015) and George Housner Medal(2020) (from ASCE), Medal with Purple Ribbon (from Emperor of Japan) and the Japan Academy Prize(2019). He is a Honorory Member of IABSE and a member of the Engineering Academy of Japan.

Svein Erik Jakobsen, Norway

Svein Erik Jakobsen is a national and international acknowledged bridge designer with a long record on bridges and marine structures of many kinds, specializing in long span bridges and floating bridges. Through his more than 35 year career, he has gained considerable international experience through foreign assignments and foreign bridge projects with the engineering consultant company Aas-Jakobsen in Norway, where he has been since graduation. Norway is a county with a very long coast line, many deep and long fjords as well as many rivers. The many bridge design project the last decades in order to link the country together, has therefore also given him many nice and impressing reference projects. He is a long term member of IABSE, is a fellow and also currently Chair of IABSE Norway.

Woo-Jong Kim, Korea

Dr. Kim, born in 1959, received his degree in 1990 from Seoul National University. His dissertation is on the time-dependent behavior of long-span bridges. Since 1999, he has been working as a chief engineer at DM Engineering. From 2009 to 2017, he had been a member of the IABSE Working Committee on Design Method. He is recognized as an outstanding designer of steel, concrete and hybrid bridges. He has received several awards from KSCE, KSSC and the Korean government.

Martin Knight, UK

Martin is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport infrastructure and is a Fellow of the RIBA and the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of IStructE. He founded international bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006 and his award-winning practice has built more than fifty bridges in the UK and internationally. Their approach to design has been hailed as exemplary by government bodies including the National Infrastructure Commission and the Design Council in the UK and Baukultur Bundesstiftung in Germany. Martin frequently serves as an industry advisor, including as member of the Design Review Panel of the Design Commission for Wales since 2006, and was made a Design Council Ambassador in 2021.

Oliver de Lautour, New Zealand

Dr. Oliver de Lautour is the Bridges and Civil Structures Practice Leader for Aurecon in New Zealand. He has 16 years’ experience in structural design and is a Chartered Professional Engineer. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering studying Structural Health Monitoring. His background is predominantly in the design and construction of bridge structures in the Australasian and South Pacific regions. His experience includes undertaking complex bridge analysis and design, seismic design, working collaboratively in multi-disciplinary design teams and bridge aesthetics. He has an in depth understanding of New Zealand and international standards, codes and best practice and is an effective communicator with clients and stakeholders. He regularly presents at bridge conferences and has been an IABSE member since 2014.

Carlos Mendez, Mexico

Dr. Carlos Mendez, born in Mexico in 1981, received his PhD and MEng degrees in Earthquake and Structural Engineering from Hokkaido University, in Sapporo, Japan. He is currently Regional President & CEO for Latin America at mageba Group, and since 2017, elected as Vice-president of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), the youngest ever in the 90-year history of the Association. He works as a technical consultant on earthquake damage mitigation strategies for infrastructure projects worldwide. Dr. Mendez has published over 75 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, peer-reviewed international conferences, and other technical meetings. He is the author of 5 book chapters on bridge engineering. He is an active member of several international associations, including IABSE, ASCE and JSCE.

Dolores Pulido, Spain

M. Dolores G. Pulido is Head Scientist at the Institute for Construction Science Eduardo Torroja, belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). She received her degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid and her PhD and a MS in Computational Mechanics at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). She also holds a MA from the University of Salamanca. She has previously been a Structural Engineer, specialized in bridge design, for almost 20 years and on the faculty at the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona and at the CEU San Pablo University in Madrid. Her research focuses on the mechanics and design of composite structures (full FRP structures), on the strengthening of structures using FRP laminates, and on computational mechanics in structural engineering.

Luis Oliveira Santos, Portugal

Luís Oliveira Santos, Civil Engineer, MSc in Structural Engineering and PhD in Civil Engineering (Technical University of Lisbon) is Senior Researcher at the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Lisbon, Portugal. His field of expertise is Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), and he has been responsible for the design, implementation and operation of SHM systems of several bridges in Portugal, Angola, Algeria and Cape Verde. His research activity has been also developed in the field of the time-dependent behaviour of concrete structures, safety assessment of existing bridges and structural effects of the expansive reactions of concrete. He is IABSE Fellow, member of IABMAS and ISHMII and Vice-President of the Portuguese Group of IABSE (APEE). Since 2000, he is Invited Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon.

Kristian Schellenberg, Switzerland

Kristian carried out his diploma studies and PhD at ETH Zurich with exchange and research stays in Spain, the United States, and Japan. After that, he worked in Denmark on international bridge projects and as a consultant in Switzerland, focusing on assessing existing bridges and the design of new bridges. He taught prospective civil engineers at ETH Zurich and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in structural analysis on a part-time basis. Latest, as Head of Engineering Structures of a cantonal road administration, he was responsible for an asset of over 1’500 bridges in Switzerland. Kristian has been active in several IABSE Committees and founded Equi Bridges Ltd. in 2020, which provides specialized consultancy on bridge engineering and management.

Juan Sobrino, Canada

Juan Sobrino is the founder and president of Pedelta since 1994. Juan is one of the leading bridge and structural engineering experts in the industry. He has performed the conceptual and detailed design of a wide variety of medium to long-span bridge, including more than 15 cable-supported bridges, the first’s world duplex stainless-steel vehicular bridge, the first North-American’s duplex stainless steel pedestrian bridges, the longest GFRP pedestrian arch bridge, the first’s hybrid bridges built with GFRP and stainless-steel. Numerous of his designs have received prestigious awards for their elegance and innovative values worldwide. Juan has been an associate professor at the Technical University of Catalonia for 19 years and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University for three years.

Mahesh Tandon, India

Prof. Tandon is an international expert in the field of Structural Engineering. Many of the structures designed by him and his firm Tandon Consultants Pvt. Ltd. have been widely acclaimed and have received recognition in India as well as internationally. He has spearheaded the development of new codes of practice and path-breaking bridge technologies suited to Indian conditions. These include pioneering work in the field of Segmental construction, Integral construction, Accelerated Bridge Construction, Long span bridges, Long span roofs and Structures for Metro (both viaducts and underground) for several cities in India . His projects reflect the innovations in technology that were realised due to his intimate knowledge of both design and construction.

Brian Uy, Australia

Professor Brian Uy is a leading international authority on Steel and Composite Structures and is Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney. He has for over 18 years held a Chair of Structural Engineering and has held roles in some of the largest consultants in Australia, namely Arcadis, Arup and Worley. Brian is the Chairman of the Standards Australia Committee BD-032 on Composite structures for buildings and BD-90-06 on Steel and composite structures for bridges. Brian has been the Chairman of the Australia Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK since 2012 and the Chairman of the Australian Group of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering since 2015. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia; Institution of Civil Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; Institution of Structural Engineers and International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering.

Matias Valenzuela, Chile

Matias A. Valenzuela is a civil engineer from the University of Chile, Master and PhD from BarcelonaTECH. 15 years as a professional engineer (P.E) in Chile including participation in the Ministry of Public Works (Department of Bridges) in the position of Inspector of Works and consulting/advisor on bridge engineering. Currently Technical Advisor for the Puente Chacao Project and associate professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. President of IABSE Chile, Vice President of the National Committee of Bridges in Chile. Researcher with paper in indexed jurnal and conferences in the area of bridges, management and maintenance.

Thomas Vogel, Switzerland

Thomas Vogel has been Professor of Structural Engineering at the Institute of Structural Engineering (IBK) of the ETH Zurich from October 1993 until his ordinary resignation in January 2021. His teaching covered the fundamentals of structural engineering and respective applications. In research, he concentrated on the evaluation of existing concrete structures, ductile design with brittle materials, the robustness of structures and concrete structures to cope with natural hazards. At ETH, he was Director of Studies, president of the University Senate and Vice-rector for Doctoral Studies as well as head of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. In IABSE, he chaired Working Commission 1 from 2001 to 2005, was member of the Administrative Committee from 2005 to 2013, and since November 2015 he is one of the Vice-Presidents.

Gongyi Xu, China

Dr. Gongyi Xu is Chief Design Engineer with the China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance & Design Institute (BRDI). He received his Ph.D. from the Southwest Jiaotong University in 2005. Dr. Xu is one of the leading engineers designing modern cable-supported long span bridges in China. He has designed more than 70 bridges including suspension bridges, cable-stayed bridges and other bridges. He was the chief design engineer for Wuhan Yangsigang Yangtze River Suspension Bridge with a main span of 1700 m. Dr. Xu was elected as a National Design Master of Engineering of China in 2006. He received the John A. Roebling Medal in 2018, and ICE’s International Medal in 2018.


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