San Francisco — Long-time T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) engineer, Dennis Jyh-Yeu Jang, P.E., S.E., passed away unexpectedly from heart failure on June 13, 2017. Jang was a well-respected friend and colleague to TYLI staff, clients, and project partners around the world, and he was a key member of TYLI’s leadership team.
With a career that spanned 35 years, Jang joined TYLI as a Project Engineer in 1987, advancing to Project Manager for numerous long-span signature bridges and other structural projects. In 2006, he was named District Director for the firm’s San Francisco operations. In 2013, Dennis became the Big Bridge Line of Business Marketing and Business Development Director. In this role, he proudly oversaw tremendous project and staff growth, and managed the pursuit and development of TYLI signature bridge projects in the U.S., Latin America, and the Pacific Rim.
Jang served in key leadership roles on some of the world’s most complex infrastructure projects:
- Project Manager for the new Panama Canal Fourth Crossing, Panama’s largest bridge project to date. It was Dennis’ mission to support the Minister of Public Works, Ramón Arosemena, in his grand vision to build a new cable-stayed bridge over the Canal.
- Project Manager for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span in California, the world’s longest single-tower self-anchored suspension span and the world’s widest bridge. Jang spent a decade working side by side with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to open the new Bay Bridge to great acclaim.
- Project Manager for the Arthur Ravenel Jr. (Cooper River) Bridge in South Carolina, a long-span cable-stayed bridge and an icon for the City of Charleston.
- Project Manager for Taiwan’s highly intricate high-speed rail project. Dennis was proud to be a part of this project, in his native homeland.
“T.Y. Lin International would like to acknowledge Dennis’ significant contributions to the firm and his exemplary professional accomplishments,” said Alvaro J. Piedrahita, TYLI President and Chief Executive Officer. “He was supportive of every project he touched and a tireless champion for the firm. Dennis brought a great deal of passion and enthusiasm to his work and to the people he worked with.”
Jang received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1978 and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982. In 2009, he received the National Taiwan University Alumni Award for the Class of 1978. This prestigious honor is bestowed in recognition of one person in the class whose accomplishment in the civil engineering field and contributions to society most exemplify the high standards set by the Civil Engineering Department and the University at large.
Jang leaves behind his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters, Carol and Karen, of Hillsborough, California.