Prof. dr. ir. Luc Taerwe

Luc Taerwe

Name: TAERWE Luc
Address: Ghent University - Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials    
Tech Lane Ghent Science Park – Campus A
Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 60
9052 Gent
T +32 9 2645535 (secr)   M +32 474 838535   +86 181 1744 8535 

BIRTH PLACE AND DATE : Ghent (Belgium), 25 October 1952



  • BSc in Civil Engineering, Ghent University, 1973
  • MSc in Civil Engineering, Ghent University, 1975
  • MSc in Structural Mechanics, Ghent University, 1976
  • PhD degree, Ghent University, 1985 (Thesis : Aspects of the stochastic nature of concrete strength including compliance control; supervisor Prof. H. Lambotte)
  • "Agrégé de l'Enseignement Supérieur" (Habilitation), Ghent University, 1990 (Thesis : Extension of the statistical bases and procedures for quality control of concrete; supervisor Prof. H. Lambotte).




1. National

  • Award of the "Association of Engineers from the University of Ghent" (AIG), in 1983 for the project "Statically indeterminate reinforced concrete beams"
  • Award "F. De Waele" of the "Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research" for the project "Experimental investigation of the strain-softening behaviour of concrete subjected to uni-axial compression"
  • Magnel Award for the biennial 1984-1986, presented by the control office SECO for the doctoral thesis.


2. International

  • "Robert L'Hermite Medal 1988" of RILEM (International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures) "... to recognize distinguished authorship in written exposition in the field of materials of construction and structures ...".
  • IABSE Prize 1991 "... in recognition of outstanding achievements in research, development and practice in the fields of quality control, structural safety and analysis of concrete structures" (IABSE : International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering)
  • Fellow American Concrete Institute (ACI), 2001.
  • Fellow of the "International Institute for FRP in Construction" (IIFC) for contributions in the field of "the advancement of the understanding and application of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in the civil infrastructure”, 2008.
  • Honorary Life Member of fib (international federation for structural concrete), 2015
  • Shanghai Science and Technology Award, 2020
  • Fellow of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), 2020



  • Officier in de Leopoldsorde (1997), Commandeur in de Kroonorde (2002), Officier in de Leopoldsorde (2010), Grootofficier in de Orde van Leopold II (2012), Burgerlijke Medaille eerste klasse (2014), Burgerlijk kruis eerste klasse (2015)


1. Actual functions

  • Emeritus Professor at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (2018 - )
  • National RPGE Chair Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai (2018 - )
  • Director of the China Platform at Ghent University (2016- )
  • Member Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium; class of Technical Sciences (2010- )
  • President of ie-net Society of Engineers (2016- )
  • Editor-in-chief of the fib journal “Structural Concrete” (IF = 1.885) (2006- )
  • Chairman of the Belgian Standards Committee on Concrete Structures NBN EN25002
  • Member of the Technical Council of SECO (Control Office for the Construction Sector)
  • Consultant and expert witness in civil and structural engineering
  • Guest Professor at Southeast University, Nanjing (2019 - )
  • Honourable Professor at the Zhejiang Automotive Engineering Institute (2018- )
  • Distinguished Academician at the Academician and Expert Working Station of Jiangxi Transportation      Scientific Research Institute (Nanchang) (2019- )
  • Academician Workstation with Shanghai CITI-RAISE Construction Group (Shanghai) (2019- )

2. Previous functions

  • Research assistant at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research (1977-1985)
  • Post-doc at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research (1985-1991)
  • Senior Full Professor of Concrete Structures at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (1991- 2018)
  • Director of the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research (1995-2018)
  • Head of the Department of Structural Engineering (1998-2018)
  • Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (2008-2012)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Ghent University (2012-2014 and 2017-2018)
  • President of the Belgian Concrete Society (2015 - 2019)
  • High-End Foreign Expert at Tongji University, Shanghai (2014-2016)
  • Academician Experts Workstation with Zhong Yuan Construction Group (Jiaxing) (2016-2019)


Research and teaching in the areas of reinforced and prestressed concrete, fire resistance, robustness of structures, tunnel linings, composite reinforcement (FRP), structural reliability, statistical quality control, high performance and fibre reinforced concrete etc.

Organiser of several conferences and workshops.
Member of several evaluation panels for research and education on demand of funding agencies and universities abroad.