Ni Yong, male, is currently a professor and doctoral supervisor at the Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Ni has entered the list of awardees of the “Hundred Talents Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Ni received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from USTC in 2000 and 2004 respectively. From 2005 to 2009, Ni undertook his research work at the Department of Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Hong Kong, the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA, and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, USA as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate later. In 2009, Ni came back to work at USTC. Prof. Ni has long been engaged in research on micro/nano-structural evolution, and materials modeling and computational simulation based on control and optimization of mechanical and other physical properties of materials. Prof. Ni’s research area covers heterogeneous materials, micromechanics, thin film growth and phase transition dynamics. Up to now, Prof. Ni has authored more than 20 research papers published in such academic journals as Nature Materials, Nano Letter, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Soft Matter, Acta Materialia and others.