Xing Zhang

 
Seismic performance of timber-steel hybrid shear wall system
Frank Lam
Yueyang
China
 
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I have a strong desire to find a faculty position in a university and would like to make contributions to the development and promotion of timber structure as an eco-friendly structure. Doing a PhD would help me to be more capable to achieve these goals.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The University of British Columbia is a dream university for me due to its harmonious campus atmosphere and spiritual core in terms of diversity, tolerance, and innovation. And it has a world-leading role in the field of timber structures.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The Timber Engineering and Applied Mechanics (TEAM) group directed by Prof. Frank Lam has abundant experience in research and engineering practice related to fundamental knowledge on the performance of timber, wood-based composites, and engineered wood systems.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities! The environment and climate here are perfect! It also amazed me that sustainability has been deeply embedded in UBC. There are so many eco-friendly buildings certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects.

UBC is a dream university for me due to its harmonious campus atmosphere and spiritual core in terms of diversity, tolerance, and innovation. It also amazed me that sustainability has been deeply embedded in UBC. There are so many eco-friendly buildings certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects.
 
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

During my master's program, I had several opportunities to communicate with people from different majors from all over the world, and I learned a lot about doing research. Research-based courses during my undergraduate studies were also helpful for the graduate program.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

There are ups and downs during grad school. Never lose confidence in yourself and try to keep motivated by your enthusiasm for your research. Also, it’s always beneficial to talk with people from different areas.

 
 
 

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