Hans Ulrich Leiste is currently the laboratory manager of the Dynamic Effects Laboratory. He joined the University of Maryland in 2003. Prior to that, he completed his master in power engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. He visited the University of Maryland as an exchange student in 1999 and completed two master theses in the area of underwater cratering until 2000. His areas of interest include hyper-acceleration of targets due to explosive loading, pressure distributions close to buried mines, and impulse mitigation explosively loaded platforms. He has published numerous articles about the research conducted in these areas. He finished his doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2012.