An engineering professor from the University of Queensland has been ranked among the best civil engineers, not only in Australia but in the world, for his outstanding research.
Professor Chien Ming Wang ranked 14th globally in the latest Stanford University Worldwide Survey and ranked second in Australia and first in Queensland. The survey analysed data for six million entrants in 22 fields and 176 sub-fields.
Professor Wang, UQ's TMR Chair Professor in Structural Engineering, is well-known for floating structures and offshore engineering and has almost 600 publications and more than 16,000 citations to his name. However, he was still taken aback by the news saying: "I was surprised to see that I was ranked so high."
But civil engineering was a natural fit for Professor Wang, who had an interest in the field from an early age.
"I was attracted to the field of civil engineering because of my dad, who was a civil engineer," he revealed.
"When I was in my fourth year in the civil engineering program at Monash University, I was supervised by Professor George Rozvany for the final year research project on optimisation of fully stressed arches."
Professor Wang said at university he became "addicted" to research after receiving a high distinction for the project and having his findings published in a journal. He went on to complete a Master of Engineering Science and PhD in only three and a half years, flying through work that would normally take twice the amount of time.
Prior to taking up his role in structural engineering at UQ in 2017, Professor Wang worked for the National University of Singapore for 34 years. He was recently appointed leader of the research program on offshore engineering and technology of the Blue Economy Co-operative Research Centre.
His research is focusing on sustainable seafood production and renewable energy over 10 years. Through the project, Professor Wang hopes to deliver "innovative designs of floating offshore fish farms" for Australia's aquaculture industry.