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Ohio Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Engineering Educator

Award to an outstanding engineering educator at the college level.

Columbus, OH, June 01, 2013 --( FCC-OSPE 2013 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award

The 2013 Franklin County Chapter Outstanding Engineering Educator Award recipient is Professor Fabian Hadipriono Tan. This award is presented to a member of the engineering faculty of an ABET-accredited engineering program in an Ohio school, having at least 5 years of experience, and teaching an engineering course during the current term.

Dr. Tan received his Master of Science in 1978, Master of Engineering in 1980, and his PhD in 1982 with all degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Tan has over 30 years of teaching experience and is currently a Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Management program. He has taught a variety of courses and currently teaches undergraduate “Introduction to Engineering – I/II” courses, as well as “History of Ancient Engineering”.

Dr. Tan is actively involved in research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the National Institute of Safety and Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and NASA. Currently, his focus of research has been on the safety of civil engineering structures, their environment, and the builders. More specifically, his research emphasizes (1) the safety of construction operations, (2) the safety of structures, (3) system safety and reliability, (4) the worker’s safety, (5) forensic engineering, (6) ancient construction and structures, and (7) ancient engineering. Dr. Tan has produced over 250 journal publications, conference proceedings, presentations, book articles, and research reports to date.

Throughout Dr. Tan’s academic tenure, he has developed a PhD program in Construction (previously non-existent), supervised over 15 PhD candidates and over 50 Master’s Degree candidates, and established the Construction Laboratory for Automation and System Simulation. He is currently visiting ancient sites, researching how ancient specimens and structures were engineered and constructed and writing books concerning the History of Ancient Engineering. At this stage, locations have been completed in Bali and Italy (Pre-Roman). He is now working on Italy (Roman) and China.

Dr. Tan became a PE in 1984 and in addition to his teaching responsibilities he has also taught a PE refresher course for practicing engineers who are looking for the additional training prior to taking the PE exam. Dr. Tan is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a member of Chi Epsilon for Civil Engineering, and listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Congratulations to Professor Fabian Hadipriono Tan in being selected the 2013 FCC Outstanding Engineering Educator Award Recipient! Dr. Tan will also receive the statewide Ohio Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Engineering Educator award. This award will be presented on Saturday, June 15th, at the OSPE/EFO Spring Conference and Annual Meeting at Ohio University.

For more information about the Franklin County Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (FCC-OSPE) please contact the FCC office at
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