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2021 Gold Medal Recipient


With more than 45 years of experience, Dr. Djordjevic’s career in nondestructive testing spans materials science, mechanical, and electrical engineering of advanced materials and aerospace systems. His work focuses on technology development, technology transfer, forensic engineering, and technical education.

He founded Materials and Sensors Technologies Inc. (MAST Inc.), which specialized in nondestructive evaluation and materials characterization. Previously, he worked at Johns Hopkins University as a principal research scientist, associate director, and director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation. A former employee of Martin Marietta Laboratories, he worked as a scientist, senior scientist, and manager of research and engineering for the NDE and the Evaluation and Subsystem Engineering departments.

Dr. Djordjevic is responsible for numerous developments in his field, including pioneering UT technology for large solid rocket motors and technology development for the testing of composites in aerospace structures, such as the first industrial ultrasonic robotic system in 1981. He has conducted extensive research in optical probing of stress waves and prognostic NDE and was a principal investigator for over 40 industrial development projects. He holds seven patents for ultrasonic and sensing, has edited eight books, and has contributed many articles to scholarly journals.

Dr. Djordjevic earned a Bachelor of Science in physics at the College of William and Mary (1973). He then earned a Master of Science in engineering (1978) and a Doctor of Philosophy (1979) from Johns Hopkins University.

Among other organizations, Dr. Djordjevic is a member of IEEE, APS, AAS, SAMPE, and ASTM. He has received two Outstanding Achievement Awards and was awarded the Martin Marietta Jefferson Cup in 1984, the corporation's highest honor. He received a Research Award for Sustained Excellence from ASNT. He is recognized by Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and appears in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in the World.

Since 1977, Dr. Djordjevic’s ASNT contributions include: fellow, lifetime member, and former board director; chairman and officer positions held locally; presentation of papers in over 80 ASNT conferences; participation in ASNT related ad hoc groups and committees on handbooks, publications, and special task activities.

ASNT Committees: Aerospace; Ultrasonic; Acoustic Emission; Publication (RC); RNDE; Strategic Planning (Chair, Vice Chair); International Committee (Chair, Vice Chair); Selection Committee; Research Council (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Executive Committee); founding member of RC. T and E (Chair, Vice Chair); and many more subgroups.

Additional Committees: Engineering Council, Engineering Education, and Accreditation committees (member). Interpretation Committee SNT-TC-1A (Chair, Vice Chair, member).

Conferences: chaired spring RC Symposiums and other ASNT conferences and meetings; organized several tracks; chaired many sessions; presented plenary papers; and taught several education seminars on composites.