Associate Professor Annan Zhou obtained his PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Newcastle in 2011, with an Australian Endeavor Scholarship. After his graduation, he joined RMIT as a tenured Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering and was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2014 and an Associate Professor in 2018.
The major research area of Associate Professor Annan Zhou is Geomechanics and Civil Geotechnical Engineering, specifically including (1) Unsaturated soils and expansive soils, (2) Laboratory testing on soil behaviour and soil-structure (wind turbine-ground) interactions, (3) Critical state soil mechanics and constitutive modelling, (4) Robust and fast numerical methods for Geotechnical Engineering, and (5) Risk assessment/management for Civil Geotechnical infrastructure.
The quality of his research has been recognized by being awarded several national/international awards like the ARC DECRA Fellowship (2013-2015), the AGS Hugh Trollope Medal (2014), the ISSMGE ECR International Best Paper Award (2015), the CGJ Editor’s Choice (2016, 2020), the ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecturer Award (2018) and RMIT Research Excellence Award (2021).
As a Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Annan Zhou has secured several national competitive research grants including ARC DE, DP, and LP etc. From 2014 to 2016, he was elected to be a RMIT University Research Committee Board Member to represent the ECR academics over the University. Since 2015, he serves as an editorial board member for Acta Geotechnica (Springer), Canadian Geotechnical Journal (NRC), Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (Elsevier), and Underground Space (Elsevier).