Scot Breitenfeld received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona and his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The focus of his master’s thesis was modeling elastodynamic failure in bimaterial interfaces using a spectral method. He has worked for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)on parallel structural code development and evaluation of parallel performance of commercial finite element software. Additionally, he worked on a DARPA funded smart mesoflaps for aeroelastic transpiration project parallelizing the CFD solver and parallel coupling of the fluid and structural solvers. He also worked for the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (CSAR) at the University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was the principal developer of the explicit parallel 3D ALE fracture and structural/thermal finite element solver, Rocfrac, within the center’s multi-physics code RocStar. He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working on modeling quasi-static fracture using Non-Ordinary State-based peridynamics.