Dr. Zongxian Zhang has been Professor of Mining Engineering at Oulu mining School, University of Oulu since 2017. He received his Bachelor Degree in mining engineering from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, China in 1982, his master Degree in mining engineering from University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China in 1986, and his Doctoral Degree from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden in 2001. From 1982 to 1983 he worked as Assistant research engineer in Northwestern Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Technology, Baiying, China. Then he was Assistant Lecturer (1986-1988), Lecturer (1988-1992), Associate Professor (1992-1997) in University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China. After received PhD degree, he worked as Senior Research Engineer (2001-2002) in Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. From 2002 to 2013 he worked as Senior Engineer in mining company LKAB, Sweden. In 2013 he left LKAB and joined the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway as Associate Professor (2013-2014) and then as Professor of Rock Mechanics (2014-2016).