In order to expand the international perspective of teachers and students, Chaoyang University of Technology (CYUT) awarded an honorary doctorate to Dr.Heinz Brandl, an honorary professor of the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. Besides, CYUT has also recruited him as an Honorary Distinguished Chair Professor, giving teachers and students an opportunity to meet the international master in person.
Prof. Brandl received academicians from four countries: Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Belgium (1992), New York Academy of Sciences (1997), Member of European Academy of Science and Art (2014), and Member of the International Academy of Engineering in Moscow (2015). From 1997 to 2001, Prof. Brandl served as the first European Vice-President of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), the Chairman of the ISSMGE Austrian National Committee from 1972 to 2015, and later served as Honorary Chairman. The areas of expertise of Prof. Brandl include soil and rock mechanics, foundation engineering, slopes, tunnels and excavations, water conservancy projects, environmental engineering and land-related energy issues, and his academic standing and achievements are recognized by the world’s advanced countries.
Tao-Ming Cheng, president of CYUT, said that Prof. Brandl has published 580 scientific works, including 21 books, and more than 550 lectures. Not only has he won many well-known awards and lectures abroad, but he has also won 15 honorary doctorates. It is highly believed that he and his academic status can help promote academic research atmosphere, visibility, excellence, and internationalization of CYUT with a considerable degree of improvement. It is worth mentioning that CYUT has once again entered the World University Rankings 1000+ by Times Higher Education for 2 consecutive years. CYUT has been the only private university of technology in Taiwan that entered this list. With the recruitment of world famous scholar, CYUT can stride forward with more research energy, global reputation, and influence.