Dr. Yu (Michael) Zhong has worked as a senior internal technical consultant at Saint-Gobain (a fortune 200 company) NWRDC at Northborough, MA for eight years. He was in charge of all the researches in North America related to the application of thermodynamics and kinetics to various ceramics projects. His current research focuses on the Integrated Materials and Process Design, which is to combine the efforts of theoretical understanding and experimental verification to accelerate the development of new materials. Dr. Zhong has authored more than 18 peer reviewed journal papers. During the career in Saint-Gobain, he has authored more than 30 internal technical reports, 16 invention disclosures, and 2 patents. He has been the reviewer for more than 10 international journals. He is the recipient of the Nomination Award of the Ilya Prigogine Prize of Thermodynamics and also serves as the committee member for ASM Alloy Phase diagram.