Biographical Sketch: Prof. Ju received his Ph.D. (1986) from UC Berkeley. He is the Chair of Structural Engineering & Mechanics Program at UCLA, and served as the Department Chair. Prof. Ju served as an Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Engineering Materials & Technology, and for ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics from 1995 to 2002. He is the Editor of Intl. Journal of Damage Mechanics (2008 JCR Impact Factor 1.97), an Associate Editor of ASCE J. of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, and an Editorial Board member of Acta Mechanica. Prof. Ju received the 1991 Presidential Young Investigator Award from the NSF and White House, 1991 Alfred Rheinstein Faculty Award from Princeton University, 1997 ASCE Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Award, 1998 ASME Fellow Election, 2000 ACI-James-Instruments Award in NDE, 2006 ASCE Fellow Election, 2007 USACM Fellow Award, 2008 ACI Fellow Award, 2008-2009 Invited Chair Professorship from the University of Paris VI and ENS Cachan (France), 2008 Publication Award of Merit from the Structural Engineers Association, 2009 Chang-Jiang Scholar Chair Professor (MOE, China), 2010 IACM Fellow Award, and 2010 Kwang-Hua Chair Professor (Tongji Univ.), etc. Prof. Ju’s publications have been highly cited by the ISI Web of Science. His research interests encompass structural engineering, structural mechanics, computational mechanics, damage & fracture mechanics, micromechanics & nanomechanics of composites, multiscale material modeling, finite elements, biomechanics, geomechanics, service life predictions, and durability of cementitious composites.