John Foster, University of Texas at San Antonio (image) University of Texas at San Antonio Share Print E-Mail Caption University of Texas at San Antonio researcher and assistant professor of mechanical engineering John Foster will play an important part in a $7.5 million Department of Defense contract to advance the understanding and use of a relatively new mathematical modeling theory called peridynamics, which allows scientists to more accurately predict material failure. Foster is one of approximately two dozen people in the world who specialize in peridynamics. Credit Tim Luukkonen, The University of Texas at San Antonio Usage Restrictions Please give photo credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.