Dr. Zhou is a Senior Principal Engineer and Head of Cavern Facilities and Rock Engineering with the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Dr Zhou has extensive experience in R&D, engineering, and teaching in the area of rock mechanics, rock engineering and underground space technology, and has played leading roles in several major pioneering rock engineering and research projects in Singapore. Since joining DSTA in 1994, he has been responsible for all rock engineering aspects and major technology development programmes for underground facility projects in DSTA. His notable contributions include leading the rock engineering and technology development for the pioneering underground ammunition facility project, the publication of the Geology of Singapore (2nd ed) in 2009, and developing new safety standards for ground shock which have been adopted by NATO. He initiated and is the programme manager of a joint DSTA-NTU research programme on Underground Technology & Rock Engineering. He is Technical Advisor to Jurong Town Corporation on the Jurong Rock Cavern Project for hydrocarbon storage and to the inter-agency Underground Master Planning Task Force led by the Ministry of National Development Singapore, and a member of the Technical Evaluation Panel of the R&D Programme for Sustainable Urban Living under the Ministry of National Development.
Dr Zhou is currently Vice President for Asia of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM). He was the founding President of the Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology Singapore from 2006 to 2012 and founding Council member of the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Society Singapore. He chaired the ISRM Commission on Rock Dynamics from 2008 to 2011 and led the efforts in developing three Suggested Methods for Rock Dynamics Testing. He was congress co-chair and co-chairman of the Organising Committee for the very successful 12th ISRM International Congress on Rock Mechanics held Oct 2011, Beijing, China, and was organising Chair of the 13th World Conference of the Associated research Centers for the Urban Underground Space to be held in Singapore on 7-9 Nov 2012.
Dr Zhou serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Tunnelling & Underground Space Technology and the International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering. He has more than 100 technical publications in professional journals and conferences, and six edited books as editor or co-editor, including the edited book entitled “Advances in rock dynamics and applications” and Proceedings of the 12th ISRM International Congress on Rock Mechanics, and 13th World Conference of ACUUS held in Singapore in Nov 2012.
Dr Zhou lectures regularly as NTU, National University of Singapore and the Institute of Engineers Singapore in the areas of engineering geology, rock mechanics, planning and development of underground space, for undergraduate and post-graduate studies and industry-based training.