Dr. S.L. TANG is a Chartered Civil Engineer and obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Hong Kong, M.Sc. in Construction Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and Ph.D. from the Civil Engineering Department of Loughborough University in the U.K. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE). He had working experience in civil engineering practice in contracting/consulting firms and government departments of Singapore and Hong Kong. He was a Resident Engineer employed by Hong Kong
Government before he took up his academic career. Dr. Tang taught in several
universities, including those in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Australia, and the USA.
He is an engineering economist, and is the first scholar in the world who
proposed that NPV (net present value) is an economic indicator and IRR
(internal rate of return) a financial indicator in his book Economic Feasibility of Projects (1st
edition) published by McGraw-Hill in 1991. He also substantiated the discovery
of this fundamental difference between NPV and IRR with mathematical proof,
published in the international journal “The Engineering
Economist” in 2003. Dr. Tang is currently an Independent Engineering
Consultant. Before that, he was an Adjunct Professor of City University of Hong
Kong (2011-2015) and of University of Macau (2016-2019). He has written well
over one hundred journal/conference papers and research/consultancy reports
related to his areas of expertise. Besides these, he has also written ten books
and one book chapter.