Huajian Gao is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering at Brown University and an editor of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. He received his B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Science from Harvard University in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He served on the faculty of Stanford University between 1988 and 2002, and was appointed a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research between 2001 and 2006. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors, from a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995 to recent honors including the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2011, the Alexander von Humboldt Prize from Germany, and the Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics from the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2012.