JOSHUA ROOT is a mechanical engineer at Benét, where he designs, builds, and tests composite gun tubes and associated hardware. His expertise is in working with composite materials and managing complicated systems, designing parts to take advantage of the unique properties of composites, researching nontraditional composite materials, performing various types of analyses on composite materials, testing composite materials at the coupon and part levels, and performing forensic analysis on composite parts that have seen field service. He holds two patents and coauthored the second-place outstanding paper for SAMPE 2004. Mr. Root holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cedarville University and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Union Graduate College.