Prof ZHOU received his BEng and MEng from Harbin Institute of Shipbuilding Engineering (current name: Harbin Engineering University) in 1982 and 1988 respectively, and his PhD from The University of Sydney in 1994. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 1996 and became a Professor in 2005 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU). Prof ZHOU’s major research interests include fibre-reinforced polymer composites, smart materials and structures; nanomaterials and nanotechnology for energy storage and conversions, and guided-wave based structural health monitoring techniques. He has published more than 280 technical articles including over 180 SCI refereed journal papers. After assuming the current appointment with the HKPU, he received an Engineering Faculty Best Research Award in 1999 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research in 2000. Prof ZHOU is currently a Vice President of Chinese Society for Composite Materials and a member of Engineering Panel, Hong Kong Research Grants Council.