Weixing Chen received the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in physical metallurgy from Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in physical metallurgy from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1995. From 1997 to 1998, he was with Nova Chemicals Limited, Calgary, Canada; from 1996 to 1997, he worked as a visiting fellow in high temperature super alloys at the Institute for Aerospace Research, NRC, Ottawa, Canada; from 1987 to 1989, he was with SINOPEC, Nanjing, China. Since 1999, he has been an assistant professor, associate professor and professor of materials engineering in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.