Professor Manabu Ito, Japan
At the Opening Session of the IABSE Symposium in Kobe, on September 2, 1998, Mr. Klaus H. Ostenfeld, President of IABSE, conferred the honorary membership of IABSE to Prof. Manabu Ito, Japan,"in grateful recognition of his generous and distinguished record of achievement in support of the association".
He spent the majority of his career at the University of Tokyo. After graduating from the University in 1953 and obtaining his doctoral degree in 1959, Prof. Ito joined the University's Department of Civil Engineering as a faculty member, and was Professor of Bridge Engineering for over 30 years. Upon his retirement from the University of Tokyo, he moved first to Saitama University, and then to Takushoku University.
The research activities of Prof. Ito have covered a wide range of bridge engineering. In particular, he made a great contribution to the design of long-span bridges and the effect of wind on cable-supported bridges. He has been a very active consultant on a number of bridge projects, amongst them the Honshu-Shikoku bridge project including the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge.
Prof. Ito, President since 2001, has been a member of IABSE for almost 30 years, in which time he has served as the Chairman of Working Commission 1, and for eight successful years (1989-1997) as Vice-President of IABSE. He was Chairman of the Japanese Group of IABSE until 1999 and was Chairman of the Organising Committee of the IABSE Symposium in Kobe on "Long-Span and High-Rise Structures - Engineering Challenges for the 21st Century".
(last edited May 7, 2002)