Zhong Tao obtained his Bachelor degree from Zhengzhou Grain College in 1993, and his Master degree from Harbin University of Civil Engineering and Architecture in 1998. Then he studied at Harbin Institute of Technology and received his PhD in 2001. Professor Tao is currently Theme Director of Materials at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering. He was previously an ARC Future Fellow (2010-2014). Before he joined the Western Sydney University in 2007, Zhong held a position of Professor of Structural Engineering at Fuzhou University, China.