Myron Chin (Date of Birth: 17th Aug 1938)

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Born on August 17th, 1938 in Macqueripe, Trinidad, Myron Chin attended Nelson Street Boys’ RC School and Queen’s Royal College. In 1962, he attained first class honours in civil engineering from Loughborough University in England under a Shell scholarship. He went on to complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Structural Engineering at Manchester University in 1966 under a Commonwealth scholarship, and began working for Shell, which had sponsored his first degree at Loughborough.

He joined UWI, St. Augustine in 1972 as a lecturer of civil engineering and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 1977. In 1986, he was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA, where he specialised in expert systems technology and earthquake resistant design of structures. From 1989 to 1992, he served as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. After serving UWI for over three decades, he retired in 2003, shifting his focus to private consultancy.

Dr Chin was instrumental in developing CUBiC, which is used as a model for building codes throughout the Caribbean region. He is one of the region’s principal advisors to governments and inter-governmental bodies on disaster mitigation, management and reconstruction. He has also served in local, regional and international capacities, including President of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) and, on three separate occasions, Regional Chair for the Caribbean in the World Congress on Expert Systems. For over a decade, he was an advisor to UNESCO on continuing education for engineers and technicians. He was presented with a Career of Excellence award by APETT in 2007.

Dr Chin has written extensively on civil, structural and construction engineering, low-cost housing, expert systems, disaster management and continuing education. He has left a rich legacy for the engineers who follow in his footsteps.