Klaus H. Ostenfeld, Denmark

Klaus H. Ostenfeld On the occasion of the Annual Meetings of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering in Melbourne, Dr Manabu Ito, President of IABSE, presented on September 10, 2002, the Honorary Membership to Klaus Ostenfeld, Denmark in appreciation of his outstanding services rendered to the Association, in particular as President of IABSE from 1997 to 2001.

Klaus H. Ostenfeld, born in 1943, graduated from the Danish Technical University. He designed and supervised the construction of prestressed concrete bridges in Denmark and Finland, including the new Little Belt Bridge in Denmark. He worked as senior bridge engineer in the USA, then in Montreal in 1975 and 1976, where he was involved in the design of several structures for the Olympic Games.

Since 1977, Klaus H. Ostenfeld has worked with COWI, the international consulting company in Copenhagen, Denmark. Amongst his major achievements in COWI are: Project Director for Storebaelt East Railway Tunnel, combined railway and motorway West Bridge and the world record spanning East Bridge with a suspension span of 1624 m. He was also a Project Director for the Oeresund Crossing.

Klaus Ostenfeld is currently President and Chief Elected Officer of COWI and Chairman of Buckland & Taylor Ltd and Ben C. Gerwick Inc., as well as Vice-President of the Academy of Technical Sciences in Denmark.

Mr Ostenfeld joined IABSE as a member in 1978. He was active in different committees, e.g. Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the IABSE Congress in Copenhagen 1996. He served as President of IABSE from 1997 to 2001. The main motto of Mr Ostenfeld has been to make IABSE and structural engineering more visible to society, to communicate better with the world and demonstrate all the positive contributions of structural engineering for improving the daily life of communities all over the world. A revision of the By-laws has been conducted successfully under his leadership. New programmes have been started such as the young engineers programme, the development of a new series of publications, a monthly electronic newsletter.