Javier C. Cruz is a Senior Managing Engineer at The Madison Group where he is actively involved in failure analysis and design verification of thermoplastic, composite, and elastomeric parts. He also leads research investigations related to analysis and testing techniques for plastic failures and plumbing product failures. Dr. Cruz received his. B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of interest include plastic failure and prevention, thermosets, composites, and material testing techniques. He is a member of the failure analysis division of SPE, active ASTM member involved in standards review, and a reviewer for current world known journal publications such as the Journal of Polymer Science and Engineering.