Dr Alex Fok is a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in solid mechanics, structural analysis and mathematical modeling. He is currently the Academic Director of the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB). The MDRCBB is an international leader in the development and application of novel characterization techniques for dental biomaterials, with long-standing collaboration with dental materials manufacturers. Dr Fok’s research focuses on the development of techniques for material characterization, nondestructive examination, lifetime prediction and shape optimization of dental restorations. A principal aim of his research is to instill more engineering principles and analytical techniques into the design and assessment of dental restorations and treatments so as to improve their longevity and effectiveness.