Dr. Eggert received his B.S. degree in Physics in 1985 from Montana State University, and his Ph.D. in Physics in 1991 from Harvard University. His thesis research focused on pressure-induced insulator-metal transitions in xenon and hydrogen. In 1991 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, implementing an optical laboratory for diamond-anvil cell (DAC) studies. In 1992 he began a postdoctoral fellowship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC, concentrating primarily on studies of the solid hydrogens at very high pressure. Dr. Eggert was an assistant professor at Pomona College in Claremont, CA for two years beginning in 1994. He moved to the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Golden CO in 1996. As a professor, Dr. Eggert continued to work on high pressure physics as well as broadening into the study of granular materials. In 1999, he took a two-year leave of absence to work at the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) near Paris France. At the CEA, Dr. Eggert developed a highly-accurate method for measuring x-ray diffraction of liquids in the DAC. In 2001 Dr. Eggert joined the Laser Shock Equation of State (EOS) group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, CA. At LLNL, he has worked on: coupling laser-generated shock waves into DACs to study He, H2 and D2 along alternate Hugoniots; analysis of isentropic compression experiment (ICE) EOS; phase transitions in shocks and ramp drives; melting of diamond; and anisotropic shock propagation in singel crystals.