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Young NDT Professional Recognition Recipient

Andrea Arguelles 

Dr. Andrea P. Argüelles was born and raised in Venezuela, where she lived until 2007 when she moved to south Texas to pursue higher education. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and received her doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 with a focus on ultrasonic scattering. After her PhD, Dr. Argüelles was a nondestructive testing (NDT) research lead at two small businesses with NDT innovation research thrusts. During her tenure, she worked on projects funded by various government agencies including the Air Force, NASA, NIST, and the Department of Energy through the Small Business Innovation Research program. In June 2018, Dr. Argüelles joined the Pennsylvania State University as an Assistant Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics. She also holds courtesy appointments in the Graduate Program in Acoustics and the Intercollege Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research interests focus on wave propagation and scattering in heterogeneous media with applications in ultrasonic testing. Her work seeks a paradigm shift in the study of microstructure and, more generally, nondestructive materials characterization. She is supported by both private and public entities including the 3M Company, Intel Corp, and the National Science Foundation, with projects spanning a range of material systems including ceramics, composites, additively manufactured metals, and semiconductors. Dr. Argüelles’ research group has supported over ten students from various engineering programs over the past three years, and her teaching has been recognized through the Schreyer Excellence in Teaching Award at Penn State in 2021. She is passionate about teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students while promoting programs that support equity and diversity in STEM and NDT. She is active in the local NDT community through the ASNT Susquehanna Valley chapter, where she has contributed through Penn State open houses and laboratory tours. At the national level, Dr. Argüelles has chaired numerous sessions at NDT-related conferences including ASNT’s Annual Research Symposium and the Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE).