Associate Head and Professor
BSc (BUAA); MEng (BUAA); PhD (Syd.,)
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Area of Specialization

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM); Ultrasonics; Wave Propagation; Sensor and Sensor Network; Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE); Smart Materials and Structures; Advanced Composite Materials

Short Description

Prof. Zhongqing Su is a full Professor affiliated with Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong, and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ultrasonics (Elsevier). In PolyU, he leads a group dedicated to a wide array of research and development pertaining to guided-ultrasonic-wave-based structural health monitoring (SHM) and damage identification, with both fundamental investigations and real-world engineering applications.

He earned his Ph.D. in 2004 from School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at The University of Sydney, Australia, with a full scholarship from the Australian Federal government. Immediately prior to this, he received his MSc (2000) and BEng (1997) from School of Aeronautical Science and Engineering at The Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. All his degrees are in Aeronautics. His research interests lie primarily in the area of SHM, ultrasonics, wave propagation, sensor and sensor network, non-destructive evaluation, smart materials and structures, advanced composite materials.

Dr. Su joined PolyU in 2007 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to an Associate Professor (tenured) in 2011 under “University Fast-track Promotion Scheme” for outstanding young faculty members, and then a Full Professor in 2016. Before joining PolyU he was an “Australian Research Council – Australian Postdoctoral Fellow” (ARC-APF) at The University of Sydney in 2005-2006.

Apart from his appointment as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ultrasonics, Prof. Su has also been an Associate Editor for Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal (SAGE) since 2016, and ASME Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems (ASME) since 2017. He served Journal of Sound and Vibration (Elsevier) as a Subject Editor in 2016-2018. He also sits on the editorial boards of several journals in this field, including Structural Engineering and Mechanics: An International Journal, and Aerospace.

As at the end of 2018, Prof. Su is the author/co-author of 2 research monographs, 5 edited books and international conference proceedings, 6 book chapters, and over 260 refereed papers including ~140 papers in top-tier SCI journals. His journal publications have been widely cited, leading to 5700+ citations and an H-index of 40.

Dr. Su has secured sizable research grants in the capacity of Principal Investigator from various government agencies (e.g., Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong Innovation & Technology Commission (ITC), Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Australian Research Council (ARC)), and industry (e.g., Boeing Co., China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd., High-speed Railways China).

Prof. Su was the General Chair of the 7th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring which was successfully held in Hong Kong in 2018. He has been the Co-chair of SPIE Conference on Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems (SPIE Conference Series on Smart Structures/NDE) since 2018. In addition, he is also an elected member of the Steering Committee of the European Workshop on SHM (EWSHM), and the Scientific Committee of the Asia-Pacific Workshop on SHM (APWSHM). He is/has been a member of the international scientific, organizing or technical committees for numerous international conferences and workshops including SPIE Conference Series on Smart Structures/NDE, ASME Conference Series on NDE/Diagnosis/Prognosis, and International Conference Series on Structural Health Monitoring and Integrity Management. He was the Secretary General to the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (HKSTAM) (2016-2018), and Australian Composite Structures Society (ACSS) (Sydney Chapter) (2004-2007). He has delivered some 80 plenary, keynote, and invited talks at international conferences and public seminars in different countries.

In recognition of his achievements in the field of SHM and scientific contributions to the SHM society, Prof. Su received the “Structural Health Monitoring – Person of the Year (SHM-POY) Award” in 2012. Other international or national acclamations and awards that he has received include “The Dragon-Star Innovation Award (1st Place)” from the European Commission in 2015, and a “Natural Science Award for Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output (2nd Class)” from The Ministry of Education, P. R. China in 2015. In PolyU, he was a recipient of the “President’s Award for Excellent Performance/Achievement in Research and Scholarly Activities (individual)” in 2011, “Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance/Achievement in Research (Individual)” in 2011, “Faculty of Engineering Research Grant Achievement Award (Individual)” in 2016 and 2017, and “Faculty Merit Award in Teaching” in 2010.