Dr. Yiqiang Q. Zhao attended Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (formerly Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China), from which he received a bachelor degree. He came to Canada to pursue his graduate studies in 1986, first as a master's student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Saskatchewan, and then transferred to a Ph.D. program in 1987. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1990. After a two-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow sponsored by the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research (CITR) at Queen's University, he joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Winnipeg as an Assistant Professor in 1992, and became an Associate Professor in 1996. In 2000, he joined Carleton University as an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and became a Full Professor in 2003. He was the Director of the School from 2004 to 2007, and from 2010 to 2011, and the Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Mathematics and Statistics from 2015 to 2016. Since then, he has been Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies for 2016 - 2021, and Graduate Affairs since 2021) of the Faculty of Science at Carleton. 

Dr. Zhao's research interests are in applied probability and stochastic processes, with a particular emphasis on computer and telecommunication network applications. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed research papers; delivered over 70 presentations at conferences; and talked 80 times at seminars/colloquia or workshops by other institutes.

Dr. Zhao has taught over 30 different courses at various undergraduate and graduate levels at three Canadian universities (Carleton, Queen's and Winnipeg). More than 150 graduate (master's or Ph.D.) students or postdoctoral fellows have been supervised by him since 2000. He was a recipient of the Carleton Faculty of Science Teaching Award for 2002-2003, and twice recommended for the most welcomed teacher by Carleton graduate students.

Besides serving Faculty of Science, Carleton University, as Associated Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Dr. Zhao served as Director of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University; Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Mathematics and Statistics. He also served as Chair/Vice Chair of important committees of the University/School/Department; Board member of the Fields Institute; President-Elect, President and Past-President of the Probability Section of Statistical Society of Canada; Executive of the Faculty Association (Winnipeg); and Chair/organizer of many international conferences (or sessions of conferences).

Dr. Zhao has also had considerable experience interacting with industry. He has been the recipient of a number of grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and his research has also been supported by Alcatel, Communications Research Centre (CRC) Canada, Nortel, Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) and the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT). He is currently an editor of the journal Stochastic Models, an associate editor of the journals Queueing Systems and OR Letters, and on the editorial board of International Journal of Communications, Queueing Models and Service Management, and Journal of Environmental Informatics.

Academic tree: 

Yiqiang Q. Zhao --- Winfried K. Grassmann --- Hans Paul Kuenzi (Künzi) --- Albert Pfluger --- George Pólya --- Lipót Fejér --- Hermann Schwarz --- Karl Weierstrass --- Christoph Gudermann --- Carl Friedrich Gauss --- ... ...