David Gilbert graduated from the University of Leeds, UK, with an Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After a spell in industry
focusing on electronic control of electrical machines especially for the pulp & paper industry, he went on to become Editor of Vector, Southern Africa’s largest electrical engineering journal. He joined the British Institute of Non- Destructive Testing (BINDT) in 1993 as Editor of the Institute's journal, which
was re-launched in 1994 with the new title ‘INSIGHT’. He went on to become Head of Publishing, Media and Marketing at BINDT and then Deputy CEO.
David is now CEO at BINDT and is also General Secretary of the International Committee for NDT (ICNDT), a Board Member and Communications Secretary for the European Federation of NDT (EFNDT) and a member of the Council of the Academia NDT International. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology. David also sits on several ASNT Committees, including the Research Council, the Engineering Council, the Scientific & Technical Advisors Committee and the NDE 4.0 group.
Akin A. Koksal is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, Canada, with a master’s degree in welding engineering and a commission-eligible National Board Inspector. Koksal delivered NDT lectures while completing his metallurgical engineering degree at Istanbul Technical University. He started his inspection carrier in 1994 and has been an active member of ASNT since 2003. He holds ASNT NDT Level III certification in liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing, and visual testing.
Koksal has worked in the engineering, construction, operation, and maintenance phases of various large-scale projects in the oil and gas, pipelines, storage tanks, and power generation industries. In his current role as a Chief Inspector at MEG Energy, he manages the in-house NDT program and works closely with various technology developers and service providers focusing on increasing probability of detection with new approaches. He volunteers in CSA Group Z662-Pipelines and Z245.X-Material Technical Subcommittees. He also serves as an ASNT Exam Monitor and a member of the Certification Management Committee and Technical and Education Committee, and has contributed as a peer reviewer for various ASNT publications.
Anish Poudel is the Principal Investigator II for Nondestructive Evaluation within the Research and Development department of the MxV Rail (formerly Transportation Technology Center, Inc.) Dr. Poudel holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering with the focus on NDE.
At MxV Rail, Dr. Poudel serves as a team leader providing advanced technical expertise related to Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), wayside inspection technologies, and data analytics for the North American Railway Industry, the American Association for Railroads (AAR) Strategic Research Initiative, and other programs. He is an experienced mentor within MxV’s engineering department and acts as a primary point of contact for NDE subject matter expertise related to the railway industry.
Dr. Poudel brings over 13 years of research, development, and testing experience in the field of NDE for aerospace and railroad applications. He has authored over 100 technical publications and presentations in the field of NDE and has two patents.
Dr. Poudel is very active and participates in various committees across multiple councils in the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). He recently completed serving on the ASNT Board of Directors member and completed chairing the ASNT Research Council. He has served in various leadership roles within ASNT in the past.
Dr. Poudel has received numerous prestigious recognition both in the field of NDE and railway research. He was the recent recipient of the 2019 International Heavy Haul Association Emerging Railway Professionals Award. He has also received the 2018 ASNT Mentoring Award and 2014 ASNT Young NDT Professional Award.
Prior to joining TTCI, Dr. Poudel was a laboratory supervisor and full-time instructor in the department of mechanical and engineering processes at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
William Prosser joined NASA in 1987 as an aerospace technologist in the Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Sciences Branch. In 2005, he was selected as Discipline Expert for NDE, and in 2007 he was named a NASA Technical Fellow. Dr. Prosser’s research has been in the field of ultrasonic and acoustic emission sensing techniques. His work contributed to the successful development and implementation of a system to detect impacts on the Space Shuttle wing leading edge in response to the Shuttle Columbia accident. He has led NASA, industry, university, and government agency teams to implement NDE and structural health management (SHM) systems for a variety of NASA programs including the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, X-33, and Aerospace Vehicle Systems Technology Program.
Dr. Prosser was the 1997 recipient of the NASA Floyd Thompson Fellowship, a 2003 recipient of a NASA Superior Accomplishment Award for efforts during the Columbia Accident Investigation, and a 2005 recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal. He is a Fellow of the Acoustic Emission Working Group and is also the Scientific Editor of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal. Dr. Prosser received his B.S. degree from the College of William and Mary and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University.
"I have the best job in the world!” a friend of mine used to say and he was right. I took a summer job between university semesters at an NDT company and my entire career has been associated with nondestructive testing/examination. I have traveled globally and worked with so many interesting and knowledgeable NDT/NDE professionals. My current job position with bp is a Senior Pressure Systems & Integrity Engineer, Subject Matter Expert for NDE, Western Hemisphere. Additionally, ASNT NDT Level III UT, RT, MT, and PT. Graduate of Marshall University. Current Chemical & Petroleum Committee Chair. It is an honor to receive the 2023 ASNT Fellow Award.