Dr. Zhao joined Siemens in March 2009. Over the years he has held the following posts: Component Design Group Lead in Gas Turbine Components; Program Manager Gas Turbine Technology, Development of Advance Design Methods; Head of the Gas Turbine R&D team in China; General Manager of the Gas Turbine Unit in China, involving development of the Gas Turbine Collaboration Model, support for the new Sales setup, Large Gas Turbine and Generator Licensing and Subcontracting Business, Large Gas Turbine Project Management, and Technology and Innovation activities in connection with the Power and Gas Division in China.
From 2005 to 2009 he was employed at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. He collaborated closely with GE Aviation, GE Energy and the Boeing Company on various projects relating to the Design, Manufacturing and Inspection of Aero Engine, Gas Turbine and Aircraft components.
Dr. Zhao obtained a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.