Dr. Vladimir M. Shkolnikov has over 40 years of combined Russian-American experience in composite science and engineering, primarily relating to naval structural applications. Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s he was involved in most R&D projects involving composites application for the Russian/Soviet Navy, being a Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist in the Krylov State Research Centre (1972-1991) and then a Sr. Research Scientist in the Institute of Transportation Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1991-1995), both in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since moving to the U.S. in 1995 he has conducted a number of challenging projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies and private companies. His most recent investigation, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, is dedicated to development of advanced hybrid (composite-to metal) joining technology for heavy-duty naval applications.