Prof. Zhao Hongwei received his Bachelor degree in mechanical manufacturing and automation from Jilin University (JLU) in July 2000. He began to work as a teaching assistant at School of Mechanical Science and Engineering of JLU in March 2002. He received his Master degree and EngD degree in mechanical engineering and automation from JLU in April 2003 and December 2006 respectively. He worked in Tohoku University in Japan from September 2005 to October 2006 as a visiting researcher. From September 2009 to October 2014, Prof. Zhao conducted postdoctoral research in the field of agricultural engineering at JLU. He was appointed lecturer in September 2006, associate professor in September 2008 (exceptional promotion), professor in September 2009 (exceptional promotion), and selected as doctoral supervisor in June 2012. During his time in School of Mechanical Science and Engineering from May 2009 to February 2017, he served successive administrative roles including Deputy Director of Mechanical Manufacturing Department, Assistant to Dean and Deputy Dean. He worked as Dean of School of Mechanical Science and Engineering and Director of Teaching Center of Machinery Foundation from February 2017 to June 2018. From June 2018 to September 2019, he served as Dean of School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of Teaching Center of Machinery Foundation. In September 2019, he became a Member of CPC Standing Committee and Vice President of JLU.
Selected into the “New Century Excellent Talents Support Program” by Ministry of Education in 2012 and the first batch of the top-ranking innovative talents in Jilin Province in 2013, Prof. Zhao was also a member of the first batch of leading professors in universities of Jilin in 2013. After winning the Excellent Youth Science Fund of National Youth Science Foundation in 2014, he was recognized as the fourth batch of senior experts in Jilin Province in 2015. He was granted a special allowance from the State Council in 2016 and named a leading talent in the Ten-thousand Talents Program since 2018. He has also been awarded honorary titles such as Outstanding Member of CPC Committee JLU and Changchun Youth May Fourth Medal. At present he serves as Vice Chairman of the Testing Machine Branch of China Instrument and Control Society, Deputy Director of the National Technical Committee of Material Testing Machine Standardization, Member of the Review Panel of Mechanics of National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Editorial Board of the Journal of Mechanical Engineering.