John Foster is an assistant professor in the Departments of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. He received my BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and Ph.D. from Purdue University. As a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, he has been involved during his career in research in many projects ranging from full-scale projectile penetration field tests, to laboratory experiments using Kolsky bars, to modeling and simulation efforts using some of the world's largest computers. His research interests are in experimental and computational mechanics and multi-scale modeling with applications to geomechanics, impact mechanics, fracture mechanics, and anomalous transport processes. Additionally, he has an interest in the fundamental theoretical advancement of the peridynamic theory of solid mechanics, and teaching interests in all areas of theoretical and computational mechanics. He received the Innovative Teaching Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers at their Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in September 2015.