Never ignore what may seem to be the smallest detail, as a little leak can sink a great ship.

For more than two decades, Fangyin Zhang has been involved in bridge engineering and structural dynamics related to wind- and seismic-resistant analysis and design. He specializes in finite-element analysis for long-span suspension and cable-stayed bridges.

A Passion for Engineering
Fangyin’s enthusiasm for addressing challenges related to the design, analysis and rehabilitation of long-span bridges inspired him to become an engineer. He enjoys exploring and applying new methods and technologies to the analysis and design of bridge structures, and has performed these tasks for a variety of projects. These include the Verrazano-Narrows, Bronx-Whitestone, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges in New York City, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California and Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among his credits are the seismic analysis and retrofitting of the George Washington Bridge, and analysis of the Goethals Bridge in New York City, the seismic retrofit and fatigue evaluation for the Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey, and design review and strengthening for the Lusail Bridge in Qatar. He also led wind tunnel testing for the Ningbo and Sanshyu Jinma cable-stayed bridges in China.

Outside of Work
When he’s not poring over history books or reading classic novels, Fangyin can be found at his favorite golf course – Cranbury Golf Club in Windsor, New Jersey – a short distance from his home. A music lover, he relaxes by listening to his favorite compositions: Antonín Dvořák’s “From the New World” and “Méditation” by Jules Massenet. He also enjoys tennis, swimming and yoga.

Expertise
• Advanced finite element analysis
• Bridge aerodynamics
• Fatigue evaluation of steel structures
• Seismic analysis and retrofit