Architectural Engineering graduate won Excellent Graduation Thesis of Jiangsu Province

04 Jun 2024

Chao Tang, a graduate from Architectural Engineering Programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, has recently won the second prize of Excellent Graduation Thesis (design) of Jiangsu Province.

Chao Tang at the graduation ceremony of the Department of Civil Engineering

Tang’s final year project, titled “Connection Design for UHPFRC façade panel fabricated via 3D printed formwork”, applied theoretical knowledge to real-world problems.

“My project aimed to design a reliable structural connection for thin ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete facade panels.

“I collaborated with an architecture PhD student, Deyan Quan, and we provided key engineering contributions to the parametric design and robotic fabrication of a thin shell architectural facade element,” Tang says.

So far, Tang has received offers from postgraduate programmes of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington, the University of Hong Kong, and University College London.

The Façade connection design by Chao Tang: Testing specimen and numerical model

Dr Ominda Nanayakkara, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at XJTLU, says that the Department is proud to have played a role in shaping their future and looks forward to seeing the positive impact they will make in the industry.

“We are thrilled to see one of our graduates take the top spot at the provincial level.

“This achievement not only reflects Chao Tang's hard work and dedication, but also highlights the department’s commitment to producing high-caliber engineers who can make a meaningful impact in their chosen field,” he says.

Interdisciplinary research group photo of the architectural engineering studio

The project is co-supervised by Dr Jun Xia from the Civil Engineering Department and Prof Christiane Margerita Herr, Professor of the School of Design at Southern University of Science and Technology.


Story and images provided by Department of Civil Engineering

Edited by Yi Qian

04 Jun 2024