Dr Zhang joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2004, as a Senior Research Fellow, following a PhD in Civil Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a three years practice as a structural engineer in China. He became a lecturer in 2005.
Dr Zhang research involves finite element analysis and experimental study for plate structures in tall buildings, temporary works (scaffolding) structures and timber glulam materials. His recent research focus on close range photogrammetry method for measuring the timber materials and developing innovative timber-bamboo glulam materials.
Dr Zhang has been involved in and led a number of Knowledge Transfer projects working with timber and construction industries. His research has been published widely in both journals and conference proceedings. He is member of Editorial Board for International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing and special session organiser.