Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Zhao Ou
Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
 
Dr Ou Zhao is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received his B.Eng. degree from Central South University in 2011 and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College London in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He then worked as a postdoc at Imperial College London and was also awarded the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) Postdoctoral Fellowship. He joined NTU as an Assistant Professor on 23 November 2016 and was promoted to an Associate Professor with Tenure in February 2023.

His principal research interests lie in the areas of high-performance steel and composite structures; more specifically, these include stainless steel structures, high strength steel structures, steel-concrete composite structures and fire engineering. He has published over 130 top-tier journal papers in Thin-Walled Structures, Engineering Structures, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of Constructional Steel Research and Ocean Engineering. As a Principal Investigator, he has received research grants totalling over 3.5 million Singapore dollars under his name. He has been listed among the top 2% scientists (single year) by Stanford University since 2020. He received the Young Researcher Award at the Sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2016). He is regarded as the Built Environment Young Leader by Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore.

He serves as the Special Issues Editor of Thin-Walled Structures (NTU Tier 1A) and is in charge of selecting special issue topics, organising special issues and handling manuscripts submitted to all special issues of the journal. He also serves as an Assistant Editor of Engineering Structures (NTU Tier 1A).

He is passionate about teaching and won the prestigious Nanyang Education Award (School) 2021.
Dr Zhao Ou’s current research interests include:
1) High performance (stainless and high strength) steel structures
2) High performance steel–concrete composite structures
3) Recycled aggregate concrete and composite structures
4) Structures in fire and after exposure to fire
5) Additively manufactured steel and aluminium structures
 
  • Full-scale fire testing to validate simulations for (a) integrated active systems and (b) structural system for underground buildings
  • Full-scale fire testing to validate simulations for (a) integrated active systems and (b) structural system for underground buildings (PI: Aravind)
  • Full-scale fire testing to validate simulations for (a) integrated active systems and (b) structural system for underground buildings (PI: Tan Kang Hai)
  • Full-scale fire testing to validate simulations for (a) integrated active systems and (b) structural system for underground buildings (PI: Teoh Bak Koon)
  • Full-scale fire testing to validate simulations for (a) integrated active systems and (b) structural system for underground buildings (PI: Wan Man Pun)
  • Full-scale fire testing to validate simulations for (a) integrated active systems and (b) structural system for underground buildings (PI: Zhao Ou)
  • High-performance steel built-up section members in sustainable construction
  • Innovative structure systems for next-generation construction
  • Sustainable Recycled Aggregate Concrete-filled Stainless Steel Tube Structures Under and After Transverse Impact
Courses Taught
CV2012 Structural Analysis II
CV3012 Steel Design
CV4102 Advanced Steel Design
CV6107 Behavior and Design of Steel and Composite Structures
 
Supervision of PhD Students
PhD Students:

Graduated PhD Students:
Yao Sun (2017–2021), Current Position: 教授 (岳麓学者), 湖南大学, 中国
Lulu Zhang (2017–2021), Current Position: Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Andi Su (2018–2022), Current Position: 教授 (海外优青), 哈尔滨工大学, 中国
Yukai Zhong (2019–2022), Current Position: 副教授 (百人计划), 广州大学, 中国
Ke Jiang (2019–2022), Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Shuai Li (2020–2023), Current Position: Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Current PhD Students:
Ying Wang, 08/2019–
Yannan Jing, 08/2021–
Ziyi Wang, 08/2022–
Qianzhi Chen, 08/2022–
Yuxiao Shi, 08/2022–
Jin Li, 01/2023–
Xinya Huang, 08/2023–
Yinsong Wang, 01/2024–
Xuanlu Shi, 01/2024–


Posdocs:

Former Postdocs:
An He (2017–2020), Current Position: 副教授, 华南理工大学, 中国
Fangying Wang (2018–2020), Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, UK
Xiaoyi Lan (2020–2022), Current Position: 教授 (海外优青), 华南理工大学, 中国

Current Postdocs:
Lulu Zhang, 10/2021–
Shuai Li, 07/2023–