Prof. D. Karalekas received his B.Sc. degree in 1985 from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois in Mechanical Engineering. His M.Sc. (1987), and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, respectively. During the period 1992-93 he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Experimental Mechanics and Advanced Materials of the Center for Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. His research interests and experience focus on experimental mechanics, mechanical characterization of polymer/metal matrix composites, fracture fatigue and mechanics, materials processing, test methods development, failure analysis design and computer simulation.