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News items submitted by local sections for the month of September 2017

Central Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

The Central Ohio Section participated in a Columbus Technical Societies dinner meeting on 22 May, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers. The meeting included a presentation by Kari Mackenbach, director of sustainability at MS Consultants, Inc. The presentation showcased the many green infrastructure technologies that are being employed in the local community through Blueprint Columbus. Blueprint Columbus uses today’s technology to address the problem of rainwater in sanitary sewers by directing it to the storm sewer, where it belongs. It is a faster, cheaper, greener, and more innovative way of eliminating sanitary sewer overflows while investing in neighborhoods and the local economy.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 12 June with 10 members in attendance at Crazy Pour in Villa Park, Illinois. The meeting was an organizational session to set up the schedule for the 2017–2018 season. Ideas to boost attendance were discussed and a number of thoughts were documented. Recent student outreach efforts met with mixed results. While career days at a couple of high schools were well attended, the “Teachers’ Night” did not yield any responses. Derek R. Coleman of Scot Forge will be heading up this program for the upcoming season. Obtaining advertisers and sponsors for the local section website and meetings will be under the direction of Michael L. Kelley of Olympus America, Inc. Salahuddin Razi from Moraine Valley Community College will be leading the adult education. Chuck Johnson will be serving as chair again, as well as handling the yearbook. Michael E. Chopik will continue to manage the website. Due to Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld’s efforts, the 2017–2018 program schedule is already 75% filled with very relevant talks, both basic and with excellent research content.

Members of the Chicago Section at the June organizational meeting. Front row (from left): Derek R. Coleman, Scot Forge; Jean O. Bridge, Caterpillar, Inc.; Linda C. Brissey, PCI Energy Services, LLC (holding the Gold President’s Award); Linxiao Yu, BP America, Inc. Back row (from left): Ronald R. Mika, retired; Stuart A. Kleven, Alloyweld Inspection Co.; Chuck Johnson, Karden Sales & Consulting, Inc.; Peter R. Chval, South Park Enterprises; Michael L. Kelley, Olympus America, Inc.; Tim S. Sears, Acuren.


Cleveland, Ohio

The ASNT Cleveland Section held its 15 May meeting on the east side of Cleveland at the Willoughby Brewing Company to allow its membership access from all across the city. Twenty-six members and guests in attendance enjoyed pizza, pierogies, appetizers, and beer.

The Cleveland Section golf committee chair, Anthony C. Sansavera from Test Equipment Distributors NDT – Capital Equipment Sales, brought all the latest and greatest LED UV inspection lights for attendees to “inspect.” Sansavera discussed the manufacturers phasing out the mercury bulbs with the LED UV lighting replacements. He covered ASTM E-3022, the LED specification on which all the Aerospace Primes worked together through the approval process.

Anthony C. Sansavera (left) and Mike Sparrow (right). Sansavera demonstrated LED UV equipment at the Cleveland Section’s 15 May meeting.

Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

The June meeting started with a warm welcome by the chair, Koteswara Rao Veeranki. In total, seven members attended the meeting. The charter certificate and section banner received from ASNT was presented at the meeting, and a group photo was taken. The chair explained the process of maintaining the meeting attendance form in order to earn recertification points.

Srikanth Madathil delivered a presentation on the technical topic “Applications of Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) and Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD).” Participants thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Applications of PAUT were covered, but time was not sufficient to complete applications of TOFD. This will be presented later as a separate topic.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 2 June at the Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro, Ohio, for its June golf outing. Members enjoyed great weather, great fellowship, wonderful golf, and a delicious dinner with door prizes for all due to the generous donations of the sponsors.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The 20 June meeting of the Mohawk Hudson Section included a tour of 3angles, Inc., followed by the election of Section Officers for 2017–2018 and dinner at Napoli Don restaurant. 3angles, Inc. is an NDT, engineering, and consulting company. The meeting included a tour of their facility with demonstrations of advanced NDT solutions, coordinated by the host, Johannes (Joop) Kraijesteijn. The demonstrations included (1) a robotic generator inspection system for in-situ generator inspections without removing the rotor; (2) an automated inspection of retaining rings; (3) a “boresonics” rotor bore inspection system; and (4) “wheelsonics,” a system using PAUT for inspection of turbine blade attachments, disc bores, and keyways.

Mohawk Hudson
Attendees of the Mohawk Hudson Section’s 20 June meeting toured 3angles, Inc., and enjoyed demonstrations of advanced NDT solutions.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The scholarship award winners have been selected for the Pacific Northwest Section’s 2016–2017 year. The winners, Matthew Davis and Denna Kasperson, received their scholarship award check of $1000.00 each from the Section Scholarship Committee Chair David O. Hall.

Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest Section’s Scholarship Committee Chair David O. Hall (right) presented a scholarship award check to Denna Kasperson (left).

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 10 June, the San Diego Section hosted its ninth Section technical meeting of the 2016–2017 year. The meeting was held at the 94th Aero Squadron, with 15 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was outgoing Section Chair Aurapong “Jerry” McAnulty. His talk covered the 2016–2017 San Diego Section year and the formal passing of the gavel to incoming Chair Denise McKay.

There was a special Section award given by Awards Chair Larry G. Olsen. This award is the San Diego Section's Chairman's Meritorious Service Award, given in appreciation of valuable voluntary contributions to greatly enhance the growth and success of the San Diego Section. This award went to Hans J. Weber, who was quite surprised on receiving this award. All in attendance had a great time.

San Diego
Outgoing San Diego Section Chair Auropong “Jerry” McAnulty (left) and Section Awards Chair Larry G. Olsen (right) presented Hans J. Weber (middle) with the San Diego Section’s Chairman’s Meritorious Service Award at the Section’s 10 June meeting.

Saudi Arabian


The Saudi Arabian Section held its first technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2017–2018 on 10 July at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel in Dammam. The meeting was attended by 72 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers and others sponsored by the Section.

Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome to all in attendance. He then elaborated on the Section highlights, especially focusing on Level III exams and advising the audience to visit the ASNT website to learn more. He also showed them the link for Level III information, which he received from ASNT.

Saudi Arabian
Representatives of Saudi Arabian Section sponsors received an Appreciation Trophy for the fiscal year 2016–2017. Standing (from right): Section Chair Abdullah M. Khalifah; Section Board Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb; Section Treasurer Mohammed A. Abufour; Salman S. Bazroun, representing Applus Velosi; Kamel J. Al Ghoussainy, representing International Robotic Tank Solutions; Raheel Khan, representing Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo; Mathew Xavier, representing Aker Solutions; and Pooniah Bhasker and Reddy Momamad, representing NDT & Corrosion Control Services. Sitting from right: Section Vice Chair Muhammd Jamil Anjum, Section Board Member N.M. Pathan, and Section Board Member Vijay V. Vesvikar.


Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Section met in Beijing, China, on 6 May. Zhou Zhengan gave a presentation on PAUT application in the aerospace industry. The second presentation was made by Li Xiufeng. She gave a speech on magnetic particle testing in aerospace. The Section thanks everyone for attending the meeting.

Attendees of the Shanghai Section’s 6 May meeting heard two presentations on NDT in the aerospace industry.

Section Highlight

The June meeting of the Fort McMurray Section included the presentation of the charter certificate and section banner, as well as a presentation on applications of phased array ultrasonic testing.

Fort McMurray
Attendees of the June meeting of the Fort McMurray Section (from left): Kalaichezhian Selvam (member), Section Director Rangaraju Siravuri, Varma Siravuri (member), Section Treasurer Srinivasa Rao Malla, Section Chair Koteswara Rao Veeranki, and Srikanth Madathil (presenter).