Ran Zhang completed a BSc at Tianjin University and a MSc at University of Science and Technology of China, both major in Electronic Engineering. He joined IST Austria in September 2014 and became a PhD student in Visual computing group at IST Austria, supervised by Prof. Bernd Bickel. His main research direction is fabrication-oriented computational design. During his PhD studies, Ran joined the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network DISTRO. He finished three research projects with collaborators from different universities and institutes, published the results on SIGGRAPH 2017, SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, SIGGRAPH 2018 and ACM Transaction on Graphics. In addition to his academic research, he helped to create Graphics And Mixed Environment Seminar(GAMES), an academic seminar series in China focusing on Computer Graphics.