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About the Author

Zong-Xian Zhang, PhD, is a Professor of Rock Mechanics at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway. He earned
a BSci from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China, in 1982; MSci from the University of Science and
Technology Beijing (USTB), China, in 1986; PhD from Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden, in 2001. From
1982 to 1983 he did research at Northwestern Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Technology, Baiying, China; from 1986
to 1997 he worked at the USTB as research assistant (1986–88), lecturer (1988–92), and associate professor (1992–97);
from 2001 to 2002 he worked at the LTU as Senior Research Engineer; from 2002 to 2013 he worked at the mining company
LKAB as Senior Research Engineer; in the year 2013 he joined the UNIS as associate professor and from 2014 as professor.
His research covers rock drilling, rock fracture under different loading rates and various temperatures, rock excavation by
boring machine, stress waves in rock, rock blasting, sublevel caving, vibration control, and related areas. His publications
include two books and 68 articles. By using stress wave, shock wave, and rock fracture theories, he has successfully solved
a number of problems and developed several methods in rock blasting, vibration control, and mining production.