Zhang Qingwei was elected governor of Hebei province in Jan, 2012.
An ethnic Han, Zhang was born in Leting County, Tangshan city, Hebei Province in November, 1961, and received his Master’s degree in engineering, and later became an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. He joined the Communist Party in December, 1992; started working in August 1982 as a technician and project leader in aircraft design institute in the Ministry of Aeronautics Industry in Xian, Shaanxi province.
1985-1988 Postgraduate of aircraft design major in Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xian, Shaanxi province. 1991 Director assistant of the research office in design department, China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology; Rocket designer of Long March-2C and Long March-3A 1992 Deputy chief designer of Long March-2E
1994 Director Assistant of design department, China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology
1995 Deputy Director of design department, China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology
1996 Deputy President of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology
1998 General manager assistant of China Aerospace Corporation
1999 Deputy general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
2001 Party Secretary and general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
2002 Deputy general commander of the national manned spaceflight project
2004 Deputy Leader of the national circumlunar exploration project
2007 Director and Party Secretary of State Commission of Science and Technology for National Defense Industry; Head of preparatory group of the large aircraft project; Leader of the national circumlunar exploration project
2008-2011 Chairman and Party Secretary of China Commercial Aircraft Co Ltd; Member of the 16th and 17th CPC Central Committee
2011 Deputy Party Secretary of Hebei province; Deputy Governor and Acting Governor of Hebei province
2012 Deputy Party Secretary and Governor of Hebei province