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Matthys Named to First Huang Endowed Professorship

May 14, 2009

Dr. John H. Matthys, P.E., has been appointed the Dr. Tseng Huang Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. The position, which becomes effective June 1, was established to honor the lifetime achievements of the late Professor Tseng Huang.

Dr. Matthys joined the University in 1974 after earning his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin and teaching civil engineering and architecture courses for two years at the University of Wyoming. His research specialties include the structural analysis and design of reinforced concrete, structural steel, structural timber, light gauge steel and masonry systems.

The professorship recognizes a faculty member who has made significant contributions in the areas of teaching research and/or service, particularly in the areas of structural engineering and applied mechanics. As director of the Civil Engineering Department’s Construction Research Center, Dr. Matthys is involved with the development and monitoring of a wide range of research activities and continuing education programs, including the week-long Building Professional Institute held each May on the UT Arlington campus.

Dr. Huang was a dedicated scholar and educator who served the civil engineering profession at the highest level. In 1980, Dr. Huang received UT Arlington’s Distinguished Research Award, one example of a long and illustrious record of quality research in the analysis and design of engineering structures. He retired from UT Arlington in January 2000 after 40 years of service to the University and was named Professor Emeritus in 2001. He died in August 2006 after a long illness.

Better known as Leo by his peers, Dr. Huang received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Chiao Tung University in 1947, and then worked as a civil engineer in Taiwan from 1947 to 1954, when he came to the United States for graduate studies. He earned his Master of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1955 and his Ph.D. in Structures from the University of Illinois in 1960.

When Dr. Huang retired, his family, colleagues and many admiring former students from all over the world honored him by contributing to an endowment fund. Over the years, this grew to the professorship level – a fitting tribute to Dr. Huang’s many years of dedicated service to the University and to the civil engineering profession.