Dr. Narottam P. Bansal is a Senior Research Scientist inthe Ceramic and Polymer Composites Branch, Materials and StructuresDivision, at NASA Glenn Research Center. Previously, he was apost-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in Edmonton,Alberta, Canada and research associate at Rensselaer PolytechnicInstitute in Troy, New York. He is the author or editor of sixbooks, 37 conference proceedings, six invited chapters, and threereview articles. Dr. Bansal has to date published over 230 papers,including more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers on glass,ceramics, and composites and holds seven US patents. Dr. Jacques Lamon is Director of Research at CNRS(National Centre of Scientific Research). He recently joined theLaboratory for Mechanics and Technology (LMT) at Ecole NormaleSuperieure Cachan (Paris, France). Before that he was GroupLeader at LCTS (Laboratory for Thermostructural Composites,University of Bordeaux/CNRS, France), and Professor at theUniversity of Bordeaux, France. He earned his PhD in materialsscience and engineering in 1978 from Ecole NationaleSuperieure des Mines. He is the author of one book, twelveinvited chapters, fourteen conference proceedings, and threejournal special issues. He has written over 200 articles onceramics and ceramic matrix composites.