University of Pittsburgh
October 31, 2005

World Authority on Cable-Stayed Bridges to Deliver Dec. 1 Landis-Epic Lecture, Titled "Bridge Forms and Aesthetics"

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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environment Engineering (CEE) will host the Landis-Epic lecture, "Bridge Forms and Aesthetics," by Man-Chung Tang at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and Cloister, Schenley Drive, Oakland.

Considered the world authority on cable-stayed bridges, Tang serves as chair of the board and technical director of T.Y. Lin International of San Francisco. He has worldwide experience in the design or construction of more than 100 major bridges, including more than 30 cable-stayed bridges, four suspension bridges, and approximately 30 percent of all segmental bridges in North America. Six of his bridges held world records at the time of their erection.

Tang received the Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology in 1965. He is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the highest title and life-long honor an engineer can receive in China; an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Tang's other notable achievements include the 1999 Roebling Award for "major contributions to the technology for the design and construction of complex and long-span bridge structures worldwide" and the 1998 John A. Roebling Medal for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering.

CEE established the Landis-Epic lectureship in 1991 in honor of Pitt alumnus Donald H. Landis (CE '52), president of Epic Metals Corporation, who is nationally recognized as a leader in the design and construction of cold-formed steel structures.

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