Professor Thomas R. Bieler earned a B.A. in Applied Mechanics at University of California at San Diego in 1978 and a M.S. in Ceramic Engineering at University of Washington (Seattle) in 1980. He worked at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore for five years on high rate deformation. He completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science (with a minor in continuum mechanics) at University of California at Davis in 1989 and has been at Michigan State University thereafter. His research focuses on characterization of mesoscale deformation mechanisms and plasticity modeling in titanium-based alloys, tin in the context of lead-free solder joints, and high purity niobium used in superconducting particle accelerator cavities. With colleagues, he has published over 340 papers, with more than 7700 citations and an h-index (ISI) of 45. He is active in ABET Engineering Accreditation, and he is an organizer or co-organizer of many recent symposia involving heterogeneous deformation related to grain or phase boundaries, and a fellow of TMS.