Jian-Fei (Jianfei) Chen, Chair Professor of Department of Ocean Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology. He has studied and taught at internationally renowned universities for nearly 30 years in the UK, including Queen's University Belfast as Professor of Structural and Civil Engineering from 2013 to 2019 and The University of Edinburgh as a Reader from 2006 to 2013. He served as the fourth President of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) from 2014 to 2018. Professor Chen co-authored the book “FRP-strengthened RC structure”, which has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Persian. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications. His work has been widely cited, and adopted by many international standards and design guidelines. He is one of the founders of the theory of FRP-strengthened concrete structures. According to an Elsevier research conducted for use for Academic Ranking of World Universities, he was one of the 150 Most Cited Researchers worldwide in Civil Engineering in 2016. He received many prizes such as the Howard Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Lawrence (Larry) Bank has a faculty appointment as a Research Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an Adjunct appointment at the City College of New York. From 2014-2015 he served as a Program Director in the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) at the US National Science Foundation. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Associate Provost and then Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at the City College of New York. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Program Director for Structural Materials and Mechanics (SMM) at the US National Science Foundation while on leave from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Bank received his BSc degree from the Technion in Israel in 1980, and his MS and PhD degrees from Columbia University in New York City in 1982 and 1985, respectively. Prior to this Dr. Bank studied in the School of Architecture and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has previously been employed as a Structural Engineer with LERA (Leslie Robertson and Associates) in New York City, and as a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), The Catholic University of America, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the City College of New York (CCNY). He is the author of the textbook "Composites for Construction," (Wiley, 2006), over 200 technical publications, and 9 patents and invention disclosures. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and a Fellow (and Past President) of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC).
Kenneth Neale is interested in a wide range of fields covering civil engineering structures, solid mechanics, metal forming processes, and composite materials. In solid mechanics and materials, he has made major contributions spanning numerous topics such as structural instability theory, material formability analysis, the modeling of microstructural phenomena, and the optimization of metal forming processes. His recent work in civil engineering dealt with the development and implementation of novel structural rehabilitation technologies. Kenneth Neale has actively participated in numerous technical code, conference and grant selection committees, and editorial boards.
Jin-Guang Teng was born in Yongjia County, Zhejiang in March 1964. He secondary studied at Laowu High School (now Luofu High School). In 1979 he entered Zhejiang University, where he graduated in 1983. In 1985 he was sent to the University of Sydney to study at the expense of the government. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of John Michael Rotter.