Congratulations to Joshua Zhao, Junqi Zhang and the School’s nation-leading structural engineering team!

The Australian newspaper’s annual Research Magazine has named Professor Xiao Lin (Joshua) Zhao as Australia’s top researcher in the field of civil engineering , CIES Research Associate Dr Junqi Zhang as one of the nations’ top 40 rising research stars, and UNSW as the top research institution in the field of structural engineering.  

Congratulations to Professor Zhao, Dr Zhang and all the outstanding academics and researchers based in our Centre for Infrastructure, Engineering & Safety (CIES).

Professor Zhao, Associate Dean International, UNSW Engineering, was also recently elected as a new Fellow to the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), an independent body of almost 900 eminent Australian scientists and engineers. ATSE President, Professor Hugh Bradlow said the new Fellows are front-runners in growing Australia’s standing as a top technologically driven nation. “ATSE Fellows are shaping Australia’s future,” he said.

Zhao is known internationally for his work improving the resilience and safety of engineered structures. He leads research into sustainable alternatives to cement, the world’s single largest industrial cause of carbon pollution, including work on concrete utilising seawater, sea sand, recycled aggregate and industrial waste such as slag and fly ash.