In 1979 he graduated from the Szczecin University of Technology and received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1989.
From 1979 to 1981 Zbigniew Zapalowicz worked as a Design engineer at a Factory Building Machines-Hydroma in Szczecin. Also from 1981 to 1989 he held a position of the Assistant of a Heat Engineering Department at Szczecin Technology University and also a tutor in 1989-1994 at the same university. Since 1994 Zbigniew Zapalowicz works as the Head of thermal laboratory at Szczecin Technology University. He is a Contributor of articles to professional journals.
He is a member of Polish Academy of Science.
He is married to Kinga Anna Mazurkiewicz on the 29th of September 1984 and has a daughter.