Dr. Daolun Chen is a professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at Ryerson University. He received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1989, and his Doctor rerum naturalium in materials science-chemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1993. Dr. Chen is a world-leading expert in materials with over 360 peer-reviewed publications, plus 190 non-refereed conference papers and research reports. His pioneering research has led to improvements in safety and durability of lightweight components, enabling reductions in energy consumption and emissions. His groundbreaking work on nanocomposites led to the widely-known method that bears his name and was twice identified by the Council of Canadian Academies to be a top 1% most-highly-cited paper in his field worldwide. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the MetSoc Award for Research Excellence and the Distinguished Materials Scientist Award, and invited to serve on editorial boards of 28 journals.