Dr. Anthony J. Vizzini received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1986 from M.I.T. and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland. In January of 1987 he was appointed as the founding director of the Composites Research Laboratory and was responsible for the composites program within the A. James Clark School of Engineering. He has led sponsored research projects such as delamination prevention through structural tailoring techniques; short duration, high temperature effects of composites; crushing mechanisms of composites; and damage tolerance of composite sandwich panels. In August 2003, he became Professor and Department Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Mississippi State University and in 2005 became the inaugural holder of the Bill and Carolyn Cobb Chair within the Bagley College of Engineering. He became the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University in 2009 and then the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wichita State University in 2013. He is the author of over 100 articles and has been involved in the design and manufacture of composite structures for space applications and uninhabited air vehicles. He is a registered engineer in the states of Mississippi, Michigan, and Kansas. He is a past president of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Processing Engineering (SAMPE), a past president of the American Society for Composites, an ABET program evaluator, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a Fellow of the American Society for Composites.