Xiaolong joined Xie group in October of 2018 as a postdoc research fellow. He graduated with his Master in Statistics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from North Carolina State University in 2016, working on fabricating nanostructured bulk and laminate metals and probing their deformation mechanisms. Later, he spent one year and a half at Johns Hopkin University (JHU) as a postdoc research fellow. His work at JHU was developing processing routes and characterizing microstructures of magnesium alloys. His current research interest is to investigate high-rate indentation behaviors using advanced electron microscopy techniques.