Professor K.T. Ramesh is the Director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and is the Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Professor of Science & Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. His research directions are the broad areas of impact and failure of materials under extreme conditions, currently with specific interests in nanostructured materials, the massive failure of brittle solids, impact processes in planetary science, and traumatic brain injury. He has particular expertise in high strain rate experiments and in the physics-based modeling of dynamic failure processes. Professor Ramesh is a Fellow of ASME and the 2012 recipient of the B.J. Lazan Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics in recognition of outstanding original technical contributions to experimental mechanics. He was recently elected Vice-President of the Society of Engineering Science. Professor Ramesh received his doctorate from Brown University in 1987. After a short stint as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins in 1988, becoming Department Chair from 1999-2002 and Director of the Center for Advanced Metallic and Ceramic Systems at Johns Hopkins in 2001. He became the founding director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute in 2012. He has published one book, Nanomaterials: Mechanics and Mechanisms (Springer) and threatens to write another.