Dr. Ricardo Castedo is Assistant Professor in the Geological and Mining Engineering Department at the School of Mines and Energy, at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. He holds a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering, an M.Sc. in Teaching and Education (International University of La Rioja, Spain) and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain). He was awarded a Research Fellowship from 2009-2012 funded by the Polytechnic University of Madrid - FPU, Spain. He has had three research stays at New Mexico Tech (USA), University of Leeds (UK) and University of Windsor (Canada). He is the author of 4 books or book chapters, more than 30 publications in scientific journals and 40 contributions to national and international conferences, in addition to being a reviewer of Scientific JCR Journals and International Conferences. Dr. Castedo's research interests include explosives behavior and characterization, safety and modeling of explosives, thermodynamic calculations, and blasting; safety and security Engineering; testing with explosives; numerical modeling.