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Dr. Zhu appointed as an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, Canada

On April 11, 2011, Mr. Zhenhua Zhu successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on "Column Recognition and Defects/Damage Properties Retrieval for Rapid Infrastructure Assessment and Rehabilitation using Machine Vision". His committee included, Dr. Ioannis Brilakis, Dr. Reginald DesRoches, Dr. Jochen Teizer, Dr. Daniel Castro and Dr. Silvio Savarese.

Dr. Zhu holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering and a M.E. in Computer Science and Technology from Zhejiang University, China. His thesis work is related to automating post-earthquake building safety evaluation with machine vision techniques. His thesis was completed under the guidance of Dr. Ioannis Brilakis and Dr. Reginald DesRoches and conducted in collaboration with the Georgia Search & Rescue team in the Fulton County Fire Department. In 2009, he received the Best Paper Award of the ASCE Construction Research Congress.

In July 2011, Dr. Zhu will move to Concordia University, where he will serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Concordia University, located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Montreal, Quebec, is one of Canada's most innovative, diverse, and comprehensive universities. At Concordia, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, he will persuade research in the field of application of Information Technologies in construction industry.