Siu Lam TANG  鄧小林
Adjunct Professor
FICE, FHKIE (Civil, Environmental)

General Introduction | Teaching | Research Interests | Selected Publications | Contact Details

General Introduction

Professor 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 Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE) and also a Fellow of the UK's 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 the Hong Kong Government before he took up his academic career. He taught in several universities, including those in Hong Kong (mainly the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and City University of Hong Kong), Macau, China, Australia, and the USA. Prof. Tang 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 a mathematical proof, published in the international journal “Engineering Economist” in 2003. Prof. Tang is currently an Adjunct Professor of the University of Macau. Before he joined this University in 2016, he was an Adjunct Professor of City University of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2015. 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. For his Google Scholar citations, please see:

B.Sc. Courses

  1. Engineering Economics and Ethics (CIVL4013)

M.Sc. Courses

  1. Quantitative Methods for Construction Decision Making (CIVL7043)

Research Interests

Construction Management & Economics, Water & Environmental Management

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS: Construction contracts, site administration, project management, economic analysis of projects and financial management of contractors, cost benefit analysis, project feasibility studies, operations research techniques (advanced linear programming, mixed-integer programming, goal programming, dynamic programming) in construction applications, optimization of construction processes, quantitative techniques for decision making in construction, analytic hierarchy process, simulation techniques, statistical analysis, construction quality management, construction safety management, construction delay analysis using critical path method, contractual disputes on extension of time.

WATER & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: Optimal selection of wastewater treatment alternatives, optimal planning of sludge treatment and disposal, fresh water supply and treatment, seawater supply for toilet flushing, dual water supply and its engineering economy, reuse of reclaimed (treated) wastewater.

Selected Publications
Contact Details

Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Macau, E11
Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,
Macau, China

Room: E11-4052
Telephone: (853) 8822-4502 or (852) 9620 8431
Fax: (853) 8822-2426
Email: siulamtang or