The Federation Of Chinese Scholars In Australia

DETAILS:
Name

ZHAO Xiaolin

Birth Year 1964
Position Chair of Structural Engineering
Professional / Institution Affiliation and address
Department of Civil Engineering Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia
Email zxl@monash.edu
Telephone +61 3 9905 4972
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II. CAREER SUMMARY (Education and employment history, List major past positions and current positions):
2002 Doctor of Engineering (Higher Doctorate), The University of Sydney, Australia
2007 MBA (Executive), The University of New South Wales and The University of Sydney, Australia
1993 PhD in Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney, Australia
1987 ME in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University, China
1984 BE in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University, China
2001- Chair of Structural Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
2008-2011 Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
2001-2008 Deputy Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
1998-2001 Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
1996-1997 Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
1994-1996 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
1992-1994 Australian Research Council Research Associate, The University of Sydney, Australia

III. HONOURS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
2012 Kurobane Lecture Award, 14th International Symposium on Tubular Structures, London
2011 National “1000-Talent” Chair Professor at Tsinghua University, Chinese Government, China
2010 Elected Fellow of IIFC (International Institute of FRP in Construction)
2009 Elected Fellow of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
2007 Chang Jiang Professor at Tongji University, Ministry of Education, China
2005 H.K. Cheng Structural Engineering Fellowship, Hong Kong
2004 Elected Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Australia
2002 JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Invitation Fellowship (long-term)
1997 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Germany
1995 Engineering Excellence Award, The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Sydney Division

IV. LIST ALL POSITIONS ON BOARDS OF RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
2012- Member of Editorial Board for Industrial Construction, China
2011- Member, Advisory Committee, IIFC (International Institute of FRP in Construction)
2008-2011 Member of Monash University Academic Board
2007-2012 Member of Management Committee for CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship
2006- Member of Editorial Board for International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
2006- Member of Editorial Board for Steel Construction, China
2005- Council Member, IIFC (International Institute of FRP in Construction)
2005- Chairman, IIFC working group on FRP Strengthened Metallic Structures
2005- Member of Editorial Board for Advanced Steel Construction – An International Journal
2003-2005 Member of Monash University Academic Board
2002- Chairman, IIW (International Institute of Welding) Subcommission XV-E on Tubular Structures
2001- Member of Editorial Board for Thin-Walled Structures
2001- Member of Editorial Board for Frontiers in Architecture and Civil Engineering in China
1998-2002 Chairman, Standard Committee CS/23, Australian/New Zealand Standards

V. MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTINCTIONS:
Many of Prof. Zhao’s research findings in steel tubular structures were incorporated in various design codes in Australia, USA and UK. His research outcome on concrete filled tubes has been used in China to construct high rise buildings and bridges. Prof. Zhao developed the concept of CFDST (Concrete Filled Double Skin Tube) which offers favourable structural performance, aesthetic appeal and reduced structure self-weight. His research on very high strength (VHS) steel tubes has been considered as pioneer work in this field. He developed the concept of fabricated sections consisting of welded steel plates with VHS as corners, which offers significant increase in strength, ductility and ability to absorb energy. Prof. Zhao received the Kurobane Lecture Award at the 14th International Symposium on Tubular Structures in recognition of his outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of Tubular Structures, and his continuing encouragement to expedite and widen research activities on Tubular Structures.

Prof. Zhao’s research on FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) strengthening of steel structures has shown significant increase in buckling capacity, ductility and fatigue life, which could lead to wide application of FRP to road, railway, offshore and mining industries.

Prof. Zhao has a strong history of attracting research funds through competitive grants and industry funding with a total of $10 million, including 16 ARC (equivalent to China Natural Science Foundation) Grants.

VI. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS (publication number, impact and citations):
Prof. Zhao has published 7 books, one translation, 5 edited special issues in international journals, over 155 refereed international journal papers and 200 refereed international conference papers. His book on fatigue of welded tubular structures is now available in English, French, German and Spanish, and widely used by structural engineers in the world. He is a leading author of two ISO standards.

VII. MAIN EXPERTISE:
The behaviour of tubular structures subjected to various loading such as fire, fatigue, earthquake, vibration, impact and blast; Strengthening of steel structures using carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP).

VIII. VISIONS (related to China and Australia from the area of expertise):
The hot topics in engineering nowadays are around the grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. Civil engineering can play an important role, such as renewing and sustaining the aging infrastructures of cities and services, building sustainable cities, developing smart materials and smart buildings, engineering solutions to counter nature disasters, quantity and quality of water, CO2 sequestration, renewable energy, sustainable transport, deep underground mining and petroleum recoveries, climate change effects on environment and infrastructure. It is vital for civil engineering academics to conduct multi-disciplinary research together with researchers in environmental science, materials, geosciences, mechanical, electrical, chemical engineering and architecture. China is getting more and more world-class testing facilities. There is a great potential for collaboration among Chinese and Australian academics to fully utilize such facilities to produce high-quality research outcome to make a significant impact on the economy of both countries.

There is an urgent need in China to produce high quality innovative and creative graduates who will be competitive world leaders in the next few decades. Chinese universities could be benefited from the well established leadership training program in Australia.