Yao Zheng received a BSc in Mathematics in 1984 from Hangzhou University, China, a MSc(Eng) in Mechanics in 1986 from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, and a PhD. in Computational Modeling from University of Wales, UK.

He was a Senior Research Scientist for Taitech, Inc., NASA Glenn Research Center (formerly NASA Lewis Research Center), and a Senior Software Scientist with Analysis and Design Application Company (Adapco), New York; a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Civil Engineering , University of Wales Swansea, UK.

He currently holds a Cheung Kong chair professor with Zhejiang University, and the director of the Center for Engineering and Scientific Computation, Zhejiang University.

He currently interests in High Performance Computing, Enabling Technology for Multidisciplinary Application Simulations, Computer Graphics and Its Applications, Computer-Aided Engineering, and Computational Mechanics. He is a member of the IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, AIAA, ASME, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He on the editorial boards of many international jounrals.