Prof. David Bahr is currently the Head of Materials Engineering at Purdue University. Prior to this position he was Director and Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He received his BS and MS in MSE at Purdue University, and a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 1997. He worked for a short time at Sandia National Laboratories during his PhD before starting as a faculty member in the School of MME at WSU in 1997. He has supervised 4 Post-docs, over 325 PhD and 29 MS students, and over 50 undergraduate researchers in the general area of mechanical behavior. In 2000 he won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work with Sandia on DOE stockpile stewardship. He has published over 200 papers in the literature and given over 40 invited talks and seminars world-wide, and is a Fellow of AAAS and ASM International. He is the founding editor-in-chief of MRS Advances.