Dr. Yong X. Gan, joined the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Toledo (UT) in 2007 as Assistant Professor. Before he came to UT, he was with Department of Mechanical Engineering at Cooper Union as Assistant Professor from September 2005 to August 2007. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in 1984 from Hunan University, Changsha, China. He received his MS and D.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), Beijing, China in 1987 and 1992, respectively. He received his M.Phil. in 2004 and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, both from Columbia University. His major teaching and research activities are on materials processing, and microstructure and property characterization. Before came to USA, he was a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and he took part in metal, ceramics and composite processing laboratory development. As a Research Scholar at Auburn University, Alabama, he worked on synthesis of conductive polymeric composite materials He also worked at Tuskegee University, Alabama, in the field of fracture, fatigue and failure analysis of polymers and advanced polymeric composite materials. He published more than fifty papers and book chapters in materials research and development. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Alabama (Licence No. 29134-E), USA.