Wilson H. Tang CEE Risk, Reliability and Decision Analysis Scholarship

Professor Wilson H. Tang, an eminent international leader in the field of engineering uncertainties and reliability analysis, earned his bachelor's (1966) and master's (1967) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his PhD (1969) from Stanford University, all in civil engineering. He led the profession in pioneering the use of reliability based methods for risk mitigation and design in various areas, particularly in geotechnical engineering. He was known globally for his development and application of probabilistic approaches to the wide area of civil infrastructure engineering and management. The probability methods he championed are now widely accepted as a versatile tool in civil engineering for code development, risk assessment, design optimization and decision making. Professor Tang had a distinguished academic career, having taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 27 years before joining HKUST as Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering in 1996. Under his leadership, the department evolved into one of the best in Asia. Professor Tang loved his students, and mentored numerous graduate students and younger colleagues at both universities. He retired in 2009, but remained active in research, teaching and public service. Professor Tang passed away on January 5, 2012 at the age of 68 leaving behind his wife of 42 years, Bernadette; a son and daughter‐in‐law, Tze‐John and Ann; a daughter and son‐in‐law, Joyce and Michael; his parents Tang Shu Chuen and Chan Shui Kuen; and five siblings.

Scholarships will provide support for undergraduate students. Preference shall be given to students studying in the area of engineering risks, uncertainties and reliability analysis.

Past recipients:

2021     Charles Mallin

2020     Yuhao Peng

2019     Yijun Wu

2018     Catherine Seebauer