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Xiao-Ling Zhao


Xiao-Ling Zhao

Born in a small town in Sichuan province China, Xiao-Ling Zhao went to study at Shanghai Jiao Tong University when he was just 16 years of age. Graduating in 1984, with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, he went on to study for his Masters degree in the same field. He graduated in 1987 and came to Australia in 1988 to study at the University of Sydney, this time in the field of Civil Engineering. Zhao received his PhD in Civil Engineering in 1993. He became a post-doctorate ARC Research Associate from 1993-94 at the University of Sydney.

In December 1994, after receiving a number of different offers, including a continuing lecturer position within Australia and the USA, Zhao accepted a fixed-term Assistant Lecturer position in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University. Looking back, Zhao believes he made the right choice accepting the position at Monash. ‘My first international conference was at Monash’, he recalls, ‘so the link starts there.’ Zhao was attracted to Monash University because of the excellent laboratory facilities and the presence of Professors Noel Murray and Paul Grundy.

In 2001 he was appointed Chair of Structural Engineering. He received EMBA from AGSM – a joint venture between the University of Sydney and the University of NSW in 2007. Zhao has received several prestigious fellowships, such as von Humboldt Fellowship of Germany, JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) Invitation Fellowship of Japan and Chang Jiang Professorship of China.