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2020 Research Recognition for Innovation Recipient

Neil Goldfine

Over the course of four decades, Dr. Goldfine’s most impactful achievements have been building a set of software tools, sensor design guidelines, and a targeted but multi-disciplinary team (at JENTEK Sensors, Inc.) that together enable continual advances in eddy current array technology. This has included rapid physics model-based nonlinear multivariate inverse methods and commercializing practical solutions to challenging eddy current testing (ET) problems. Dr. Goldfine is the President and Chief engineer of JENTEK, and he founded JENTEK Sensors in 1992. His technical accomplishments have included co-development of MWM®-Array flexible eddy current testing (ET) technology, HyperLattice® precomputed database inverse methods, segmented field ET-Arrays for heterogeneous media characterization, and jAI (JENTEK Augmented Intelligence) software tools, along with a vast array of methods for solving specific challenging multivariate nondestructive testing (NDT) problems.

Dr. Goldfine’s work is covered by over 50 patents, numerous papers and presentations, and has been recognized with his JENTEK team members for several awards including a National Tibbetts Award, FAA/ATA “Better Way” Award, U.S. Navy Phase III Commercialization Award, ASNT Best Paper Award and most recently the 2020 ASNT Research Recognition for Innovation Award. Dr. Goldfine was a research affiliate at the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) for two decades beginning in 1990, including participation on Ph.D. committees for three JENTEK employees. He was also an associate technical editor of Materials Evaluation magazine for several years during that time.

His most proud accomplishment has been the continuing return on investment and safety impact JENTEK’s work has provided to the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers, and his primary motivation is continuing to provide this return on investment and safety impact over the coming decades through broad implementation of model-based inverse methods for nonlinear problems, with an increasing focus on enabling NDT technicians through improved ease-of-use, data visualization and performance feedback.

His educational background includes two separate B.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, focused on multidisciplinary learning with role models being Prof. Jay Zemel (solid state sensors) and Prof. Maurice Brull (kinematics and dynamics). While at U. of P. he received the Kodak Prize for Academic Excellence, the Hugo Otto Wolf Memorial Award for Originality of Work, and contributed to his first sensing related paper titled “Pyroelectric anemometers: Experimental geometric considerations” later published in the Journal of Applied Physics with Prof. Zemel.

Dr. Goldfine received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, finishing in 1990. During his graduate work at MIT, Dr. Goldfine worked in the Mechanical Engineering Department under Prof. Haruhiko Asada and Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, where he was a graduate teaching assistant for two courses in manufacturing process control and automation and in robot kinematics and controls. He received his first patent for a sensing method and means for increased observability and controllability for grinding with robots, based on his M.S. research.