Hai-Fan Xiang, China

Professor Xiang graduated from Tongji University in 1955 and acquired his master in 1958. Since then he has worked in Tongji University for more then 50 years. He gained the Research Fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and worked as a visiting professor at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany in 1981 and 1982. As a pioneer in bridge wind engineering in China, he devoted his research field to the wind-resistance of long-span bridges after returning to Tongji University in 1982. He was awarded the title of National Outstanding Expert in 1986. In 1995, he was elected as an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In 2007, he became an Emeritus Professor of Tongji University.

He has been the first Chairman of Department of Bridge Engineering, the founding Dean of College of Civil Engineering, and the Director of the State Key Laboratory for Disaster Reduction in Civil Engineering. He has published 12 books, numerous articles domestically and internationally. He has received more than 20 national awards and several international awards including the R.H. Robert Scanlan Medal of ASCE and the Anton Tedesko Medal of the IABSE Foundation for the Advancement of Structural Engineering.

Professor Xiang is President of Institution of Bridge and Structural Engineering of China, and Chairman or Co-Chairman for more than 10 organisations. He joined the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering in 1992 and has dedicated his time to the Association on several Scientific Committees for conferences held in Seoul 2004, Shanghai 2004 (Chair) and New Delhi 2005. Former Vice-President of IABSE(2001-2009), he is currently a Delegate to the Permanent Committee and on the Structural Engineering International (SEI) Advisory Board and a Member of the Foundation Council of IABSE.