Ir Professor Ben Young, PolyU’s Vice President (Student and International Affairs) and a professor of structural engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was bestowed the 2020 Shortridge Hardesty Award in April this year. This is one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He won the award for “his research contributions to the stability design of cold-formed steel and stainless steel members, including the development of design specifications in North America”.


Ir Professor Young is only the second recipient of the award from Asia since its inception in 1987. Recipients of the award are world-leading researchers who have contributed substantially in applying fundamental results of research to solutions of practical engineering problems in the field of structural stability. The ASCE is a professional body founded in 1852 with over 150,000 members from 177 countries.