Wanming Zhai was born in Jiangsu, China, in August 1963. He graduated from Southwest Jiaotong University in 1985 and received the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D degree from the same university in 1992. In 1994, he became a full professor of Southwest Jiaotong University. He was a guest professor at the Technical University of Denmark from July to September, 1998. In 1999 he was appointed to a professor of the Cheung Kong Scholars by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE). Presently, he is a chair professor of Southwest Jiaotong University, the director of Train and Track Research Institute, and the head of the MOE Key Laboratory for High-speed Railway Engineering. Professor Zhai is mainly interested in railway engineering dynamics, focusing on train-track-bridge dynamic interaction. He established a new theory system of vehicle-track coupled dynamics, which has been successfully applied to more than 20 key engineering projects in Chinese Railways. He was given the first-class prize of National Awards for Science and Technology Progress by State Council of China in 2005. He got the Prize for Scientific and technological Innovation by Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong) in 2006. Currently, he is a standing member of the Council of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University, Vice Chairman of the Editorial Board of Journal of Vibration and Shock, and the Discipline Editor of Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering.
Biography Updated on 1 December 2010