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Section News

July 2019

News items submitted by local sections for the month of July 2019

Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section participated in the North Carolina Student Section’s vendors night on 1 April at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vendors from the NDT industry participated in the event. Thirty guests including vendors, ASNT members, and instructors and students from CPCC participated in the event. North Carolina Student Section Chair Zachary Baze grilled wings for the attendees. Vendors night has proven to be a great networking idea for the Sections, employers, students, and recent CPCC graduates.

Charlotte
Members of the Charlotte Section attended the North Carolina Student Section’s vendors night on 1 April.


Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Chattanooga Section held a meeting on 24 April at Chattanooga State Community College with 14 members and guests in attendance. Ajay Pasupuleti of Nanoark Corp. gave a presentation on digitizing radiographic film as well as centralized cloud storage of the film. Pasupuleti also spoke on the importance of creating duplicates of radiographs and how this is not a standard practice in the industry. He also spoke about cloud services provided by Amazon Web Services and their impact on the NDT industry in terms of storage capability and data security.


Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 11 March with 28 guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker for the evening was Israel M. Vasquez of Vastek Consulting. Vasquez’s presentation was titled “The Penetrant System Performance Test and Its Challenges.” He chronicled the history of the use of test panels for penetrant system performance over the past 50 years. Different panel types were described and samples were passed around so all in the audience would be familiar with the various styles available. Vasquez then addressed the problems that can occur with the use of the panels and the setting up of the baseline for the working and master panels, as well as the problems associated with producing adequate photographs for comparison. He also demonstrated proper measurement technique of the indication patterns. After the presentation, two attendees who were not current ASNT members were provided memberships by the Chicago Section.

Chicago
Attendees of the Chicago Section’s 11 March meeting enjoyed a presentation by Israel M. Vasquez of Vastek Consulting (seated in center holding speaker’s gift).


Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Eighteen members and guests of the Cleveland Section gathered at the Brew Garden in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, on 15 April. The speaker was ASNT President Scott P. Cargill, who spoke about ASNT’s initiative to provide sections with prerecorded technical presentation videos for use at section meetings.

Cargill observed that ASNT members, as a Society, must do a better job of marketing the benefits of NDT careers. It is possible for a high school graduate with acumen and ambition to progress to a lucrative career comparable to college career paths, while also getting paid to learn. A focus on mentoring needs to be emphasized. The Section wishes to express gratitude to Cargill for visiting.


Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Members of the Colorado Section of ASNT and American Welding Society’s (AWS) Colorado Section attended the 10th Annual Welding the Rockies Spring Symposium held on 21 March at the Radisson Hotel Denver Central in Denver, Colorado. The idea behind this symposium was to educate the ASNT and AWS community on the relationship between welding and nondestructive testing (NDT). Both of these processes go side-by-side in today’s world to assure integrity, safety, and reliability of components and structures. While welding defects are not changing, the materials used to complete the welds are; therefore, NDT technologies must continue to evolve to meet those needs. The symposium featured several presentation topics targeting the welder supervisor/certification manager, welding inspector/CWI/NDT professional, welding/NDT engineer, welding/NDT instructors, welder automation/robotics, and welding research and development. Eight hours of professional development hours were provided to the participants.

Colorado
Members of the Colorado Section of ASNT joined with members of the Colorado Section of the American Welding Society for the 10th Annual Welding the Rockies Spring Symposium.


Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

Twenty-one members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section meeting at the Groton Elks Lodge 2163 on 15 May in Groton, Connecticut. ASNT members from the Connecticut Yankee, Boston, and Narragansett Bay Sections, along with students from Norwich Connecticut’s Three Rivers Community College, were in attendance. Section Chair Rachel L. Taylor introduced the Connecticut Yankee Section’s scholarship winner, Zachary T. Deziel, before presenting an honorary gift for a late scholarship application submittal to Kari E. Thibodeau. Members in attendance voted in the Section officers for the 2019–2020 program year, resulting in the current officers remaining in their same positions.

After reviewing the minutes of the last meeting, a summary of the Regional Planning Meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was given by John P. Moran. Taylor then introduced the guest speaker, Donald A. Rhoda. Rhoda is a retired metallurgist from Dana Inc. and was chief engineer in the product testing laboratory for over 40 years. Rhoda gave an in-depth view of the ductile iron centrifugal casting process for ground vehicles with heavy axles in China. His presentation included a history of China, the growth of ductile iron in the world, and a view of the workers within the plant in manufacturing the ductile iron. Taylor presented an ASNT vest to Rhoda in appreciation for his in-depth presentation.


Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Section met at the Troy Community Center in Troy, Michigan, on 16 April. The guest speaker was 2018–2019 ASNT President Scott P. Cargill. He described ASNT’s primary mission of mentoring and passing along knowledge to the next generation of NDT inspectors. The meeting was well attended.

Detroit
Detroit Section Membership Director Megan McGovern (left) thanks 2018–2019 ASNT President Scott P. Cargill for speaking to the Detroit Section at the 16 April meeting.


Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah

On 14 May, the Great Salt Lake Section met at the Joy Luck Restaurant in Woods Cross, Utah. Six members and students were in attendance to listen to a presentation given by Brad R. Hoskins of Silean on wing inspection services. Hoskins discussed the ultrasonic inspections he has been performing on CFM-57 aircraft engines around the world for the last several years. The Great Salt Lake Section appreciates Hoskins for supporting and presenting to the group. After the interesting presentation, a fine Chinese dinner was enjoyed.

Great Salt Lake
Great Salt Lake Section Chair Michael S. Lingbloom (left) presents a certificate to speaker Brad R. Hoskins for his presentation at the Section’s 14 May meeting.


Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section held a joint meeting with the Houston Section of the American Welding Society (AWS). The meeting was held at the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund on 17 April. Greater Houston Section Chair John R. Huffman and AWS Houston Section Chair Fred Pena jointly opened the meeting by making several announcements about upcoming events happening within both organizations. There was a large crowd of 75 members in attendance who were treated to a BBQ buffet catered by Rudy’s Texas Bar-B-Q, which is always a favorite.

In addition, attendees were treated to presentations from two subject matter experts. The first speaker was John Gaylor, who has served in several positions at AWS over the past 20 years. He spoke on the recent changes to Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certifications and their impact on the program. He also discussed the revamp of the Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) program. Gaylor was able to answer lots of questions from the audience. The second speaker to take the stage was Jeffrey J. Diehm from Avonix Imaging. The presentation was titled “Reasonable Expectations in Radiographic Imaging.” Diehm gave a very entertaining presentation about industrial RT and CT equipment images on everyday objects. He was able to show the differences in quality on many of the products that we buy today such as irons, bicycle parts, and even iPhone chargers.

Rick D. Arnett of AIP donated Houston Astros baseball game tickets that were given out as door prizes, which caused a lot of excitement. The Section would like to thank the following companies who helped sponsor the costs of the meeting: MISTRAS, Energy Industry Academy, Turbo NDT, and Tech Service Products.

Greater Houston
On 17 April, the Greater Houston Section held a joint meeting with the Houston Section of the American Welding Society (AWS). From left: Greater Houston Section Chair John R. Huffman, meeting speakers John Gaylor from AWS and Jeffrey J. Diehm from Avonix Imaging, and AWS Houston Section Chair Fred Pena.


Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

The Greater Los Angeles Section held a joint meeting with the American Welding Society on 8 January at Geezers Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs, California, with total attendance of approximately 80 people. The speakers were George Rolla and Doug Walker from the Los Angeles/Inland Empire Section of AWS and their topic was “How to Become a CWI.”

The Section also held a meeting on 12 March at Geezers with total attendance of approximately 60 people. The speaker was James P. Bemis, MISTRAS Group, and his topic was “Learning from Internal and External Experience.” On 9 April the Section met at Geezers with about 75 people in attendance. It was a vendors night with 15 vendors and no speaker. On 15 May the Section returned to Geezers, where 43 members and guests attended to listen to Ben Conners with Avonix Imaging give a presentation titled “Reasonable Expectation.”


Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

Nine members and guests of the Hampton Roads Section met at Finn McCool’s Fish House & Tavern in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for a combination technical and business meeting. In addition to announcing the results of the recent Section officer election for the 2019–2020 program year, the Section decided to move the meeting location to Finn McCool’s and to change the meeting night to the third Wednesday of October, December, January, and May for the 2019–2020 program year. In addition, a question and answer discussion was held on the topic of SNT-TC-1A.


Hawaii

Pearl City, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section’s 24 April meeting was called to order by new Section Chair Jack R. Laws at the Big City Diner Restaurant in Aiea, Hawaii. Nine members and guests attended. Business discussions and actions included the following: an October 2019 meeting with 2018–2019 ASNT President Scott P. Cargill is being planned; Section Vice Chair Jayme J. Martin is working to create a Section newsletter; it was approved that when a new member attends their first meeting, they will receive a one-time complimentary meal not to exceed $25; and Martin is looking into procuring hardhat stickers with the ASNT logo. Following the board meeting, the technical speaker for the evening was Jeremy Link of Phoenix International Holdings Inc. Link’s topic was underwater NDT inspection technologies, including wet visual, wet MT, wet ultrasonic, wet hydraulic grinding, and underwater welding with nickel electrodes.

Hawaii
Attendees of the Hawaii Section’s April meeting discussed Section business and heard a presentation on underwater NDT by Jeremy Link. From left, standing: Section Chair Jack R. Laws, Jason Grant, Link, Rylan Oei, Section Treasurer Jarrett Y. Sano, and Section Vice Chair Jayme J. Martin. Kneeling is Section Secretary Edmund W. Chang.


India

Chennai, India

The India Section organized its fourth technical meeting of the program year with the theme “TOFD - Speciality and Application” in February 2019. The meeting was organized at Chennai and a practical demonstration was given by Meena International, and the speaker was P. Mathesan

India
Attendees of the India Section’s February technical meeting.


Iowa

Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Section met on 16 May at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation in Ames, Iowa. Twelve members and guests met to listen to Stephen T. Kelly of Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy Inc. give a presentation titled “Opportunities in 3D and 4D Imaging with X-ray Microscopy in the Materials Research Laboratory.” Kelly discussed how the complexity of advanced materials and devices continues to increase and how 3D imaging and analysis has become essential in the modern materials laboratory. Kelly also described how X-ray microscopy can play a central role in complex material development, along with sharing details of the technique as well as application examples that highlighted the technique’s unique capabilities.


Kuwait

Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section held their fifth technical presentation of the program year on 30 April in Fahaheel, Kuwait. Section Secretary D.M. Tripathi welcomed all the attendees and Section Chair Nayef Ma’ashi Al-Enezi delivered Section updates and announced upcoming activities to the audience. S. Gunasekaran, the unit head of quality control at HEISCO, gave a presentation titled “Case Studies – AUT in Boiler Drums and Components.” The Section would like to thank the speaker for the useful presentation.

Kuwait
Attendees of the Kuwait Section’s fifth technical meeting, held on 30 April.


Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

During the Lewis & Clark Section’s May meeting, a group of members put their fields of expertise together and reviewed questions for the Section’s upcoming “Stump the Experts” meeting. Questions were formulated in a Jeopardy-style format. The “game of the century” will take place later in the year between the students in the NDT program at Linn-Benton Community College and the students in the NDT program at Clover Park Technical College. Pizza and drinks were graciously donated by Test Equipment Distributors. Two door prizes were handed out, and the lucky recipients were Jeffrey W. Howell from NDE Professionals Inc. and Curt Powell from PCC Structurals Inc.


Metro New York / Northern New Jersey

Rockville Centre, New York

The Metro New York/Northern New Jersey Section held a meeting on 27 March at the American Legion Post 342 with 23 members and guests in attendance. The meeting began with a delicious dinner selected by Section Vice Chair Edward P. Dukich. After officer introductions, Section Chair Antionette (Toni) Bailey reviewed the December meeting minutes and reminded attendees about ASNT’s member-get-member campaign, All Aboard the MemberSHIP. Following a discussion of the Section’s business, Bailey introduced the speaker Larry E. Mullins, Sr. of NXTNdT Inc., whose presentation was titled “Weld Integrity, the Importance of Visual Inspection.” Since this was a joint meeting with AWS, the topic was especially relevant and had many attendees interested. A question and answer session took place following the presentation.

Metro New York Northern New Jersey
Metro New York/Northern New Jersey Section Chair Antionette (Toni) Bailey (right) presents a gift to Larry E. Mullins, Sr. for his presentation at the Section’s 27 March meeting.


Miami Valley

Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 3 April at the Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a fascinating tour of this very unique facility, which is one of only two such centers in the world owned by a children’s hospital. Sixteen members and guests attended to hear a presentation on the use of proton therapy for the treatment of pediatric cancers. The overview was followed by an extended tour of this impressive facility.

Miami Valley
Miami Valley Section Vice Chair Nat M. Reveal (right) presented a Section tour plaque to Abram Gordon, director of the Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, in recognition of him providing a tour of the facility to the Section.


Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

On 21 May, the Mohawk Hudson Section held a dinner meeting that included a presentation titled “A Whirlwind Tour of Optical Technologies from X-ray to Terahertz” by Stephen Smith, of Flash Photonics Inc. and CYC Photonics Inc. Smith is president of the companies and responsible for the development and distribution of photonic and spectroscopic systems. Smith discussed the development and use of optical technologies from X-ray to terahertz and his experience in bringing up-and-coming technologies to the market.

Mohawk Hudson
Attendees of the Mohawk Hudson Section’s 21 May meeting.


Narragansett Bay

Providence, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 30 April at the Atwood Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island, with 26 members in attendance. Angel Jaquez, supervisor in the X-ray department at General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB), spoke on radiation safety at EB and how X-ray use can affect employees in the workplace. Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran was also in attendance.

Narragansett Bay
The Narragansett Bay Section’s 30 April meeting included a presentation by Angel Jaquez on radiation safety. Standing, from left: Section Chair and ASNT Past President Robert A. Feole, Jaquez, and Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran.


North Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

The North Alabama Section held its May meeting at the Yellowhammer Brewery in Huntsville, Alabama. At the meeting, the 16 members in attendance discussed the need for volunteers to act as Section officers, gave out a door prize, and viewed a technical presentation on computed tomography by Matthew P. Gormley of Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions Inc. titled “Metal 3D Printing and Understanding Resolution with CT Scanning.” In addition, some of the Chattanooga Section members attended this meeting as guests.

North Alabama
Attendees of the North Alabama Section’s May meeting enjoyed a presentation on computed tomography by Matthew P. Gormley (standing, center).


North Carolina Student Section

Charlotte, North Carolina

On 18 April, the North Carolina Student Section hosted the 12th annual George Pherigo Memorial golf tournament. The event was held at Rocky River Golf Club in Concord, North Carolina. Participants enjoyed 18 holes of golf and participated in on-course games, including the charity golf gun and putting competitions. This tournament is held every year to assist the Section in sending its members to the ASNT Annual Conference. The Section would like to thank the corporate sponsors, along with all participants, for continuing to support the students and the NDE/T program. Corporate sponsors include: Sherwin Inc., West Penn Testing (of MISTRAS Group), Eddyfi, Sonaspection, Parker Research Corp., Liburdi Dimetrics, Marietta NDT, Met-L-Chek, NDT Seals Inc., DETEK Inc., Avonix Imaging, DÜRR NDT, PDQ restaurant, and the American Welding Society’s student section.

North Carolina Student Section
The North Carolina Student Section hosted the 12th annual George Pherigo Memorial golf tournament on 18 April.


Northern New England

Newington, New Hampshire

Seven members and guests of the Northern New England Section met on 25 April at Turbocam International in Barrington, New Hampshire. Guest speaker James Dowd presented a history of the company where he works, REL Inc. The company is deeply involved in the latest LED lighting technologies and is also active on ASTM Subcommittee E07.03 on Liquid Penetrant and Magnetic Particle Methods, which developed and adopted the current Manufacture Specification ASTM E3022 for LED UV-A Lamps. Dowd noted that there are still several challenges to be resolved within the standard, primarily the addition of a certification process for special application UV-A Type D sources. There was lively discussion around this topic and the necessary controls needed if critical lamp components require repair.

Northern New England
Northern New England Section Chair Dana W. Wilson (left) gave a certificate of appreciation to James Dowd, the guest speaker at the Section’s 25 April meeting.


Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held a technical meeting at Calabash Seafood in Mechanicsville, Virginia, on 22 April. There were 12 members and guests in attendance to discuss routine Section business and help plan for the end-of-year social scheduled for early June. The speaker, Robert J. Harmison, sales representative for Koved Technical, discussed the capabilities and uses for the XRF instrument, which is used to determine the alloy of a piece of steel or other metal. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chair, Thomas (Ed) Darby, presented Harmison with a challenge coin commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Old Dominion Section.


Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section met on 8 April at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington, with 19 members and guests in attendance. Timothy L. Burkholder, manager at MISTRAS Group, gave a presentation titled “Finding Efficiencies in NDT.” Burkholder’s presentation was followed by the Pacific Northwest Section’s Past Chairs recognition ceremony. Regional Director, Region 16, Emery E. Roberts, presented Past Chair’s pins to Kathy L. Ferguson, Flynn Spears, and Burkholder.

Pacific Northwest
Regional Director, Region 16, Emery E. Roberts presents a pen and pencil speaker gift set to Timothy L. Burkholder, who spoke at the Pacific Northwest Section’s 8 April meeting. Burkholder also received a pin as part of the Past Chairs recognition ceremony. (Please view the Digital Edition of ME to see Past Chairs Kathy Ferguson and Flynn Spears receive pins from Roberts.)


Piedmont

Greenville, South Carolina

The Piedmont Section held a technical meeting on 15 May at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina, with eight members in attendance. The meeting began with networking and a buffet dinner. Eric Blackwell with Eddyfi delivered a presentation titled “Corrosion Under Insulation: What Can and Cannot Be Done with Pulsed Eddy Current.” Blackwell demonstrated equipment and explained their uses.

After the presentation, Section Chair Thomas P. Dunn thanked Blackwell, and the meeting proceeded to the business portion. The only business was nomination of officers for next year. The nominees are Dana Todd for chair, Zach Staniewicz for vice chair, William C. Plumstead, Sr. for treasurer, Dana Todd for secretary, Ronald D. Ruggles for director, Timothy E. DuFault for director, and Thomas P. Dunn for golf director.


Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section met at The Springfield Grille in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, for April’s past chairs meeting with special guest, Gary E. Mathias, the incoming Regional Director, Region 11.

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Section Chair James A. Kretzler (right) with then-incoming Regional Director, Region 11, Gary E. Mathias, who attended the Section’s April past chairs meeting.


Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline May meeting featured David Geis of Magnaflux, who spoke about ergonomics and MT field inspection and how proactive ergonomics can improve your bottom line. Geis spoke about the practice of the “job adapting to the person” and the benefits of taking a proactive approach regarding awkward posture risk reduction when the inspector is using a standard yoke verses a contoured yoke. Attendees also enjoyed the atmosphere and food from Thunder Bay Grille.

Rockford Stateline
Rockford Stateline Section Chair Joel A. Mohnacky (right) thanks David Geis for his presentation at the Section’s May meeting.


San Diego

San Diego, California

On 7 May, the San Diego Section hosted a meeting at the Best Western Seven Seas in San Diego, California, with 22 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was dedicated to recognizing three middle-school students for their outstanding projects exhibited at the 2019 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair held on 13 March. A delegation of judges from the San Diego Section picked the two projects for their connection and relevance to NDT. Their parents and advisors were invited to the meeting as well.

The speakers for the evening were the students. Nick Fonzo is an eighth grade student who attends Saint John School-Encinitas, and his advisor is Gena Heins. His project was titled “Self-Driving Security Vehicle.” Fonzo’s battery-powered vehicle used ultrasonic proximity sensors for autonomous collision avoidance. His project was selected for its relevance to autonomous vehicles carrying NDT equipment—for example, pipeline visual inspection.

Sebastian Manzo and Carlos Figueroa-Valdez are eighth grade students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Their advisor is Juanita Pereyra. Their project was titled “How Are Magnets Affected by Changes in Temperature?” Using three different types of permanent magnets, they demonstrated that magnetic field strength varied with temperature from high at low temperature to low at high temperature. The project was well planned and organized, and the results were conclusive.

The Section honored each student with a Certificate of Achievement, scholarship check, and an engraved San Diego Section pen. In addition, the students were each presented with a journal from Larry G. and Sarah L. Olsen and a gauss meter/field indicator with a white paper on the use of the meter related to welding and welding defects, written by Mark Palynchuk, CEO of Western Instruments Inc.

Monthly raffle prizes were sponsored by David R. Waitt, Fujifilm, and the San Diego Section. The year-end $250 cash raffle was won by Waitt.

San Diego
The San Diego Section’s 7 May meeting recognized three students for outstanding projects presented at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. From right: San Diego Section Chair Ramon Thomson; students Sebastian Manzo, Carlos Figueroa-Valdez, and Nick Fonzo; and Section Science Fair Chair Denise L. McKay.


Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held a meeting on 22 April at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel with 90 members and guests in attendance, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers. Mathieu Bouchard from Eddyfi delivered a presentation about Spyne™ for external crack assessment in pipelines.

Saudi Arabian
SAS Board Chairman Fathi Al Qadeeb making announcements and introducing the Guest Mathieu Bouchard from Eddyfi Technologies at Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel on 22 Apr 2019.


South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Sixteen members and guests of the South Texas Section’s April meeting enjoyed the presentation by Jeffrey J. Diehm of Avonix Imaging titled “Reasonable Expectations” concerning various consumer items from water valves to cellphone chargers. He used computed tomography to illustrate how many of these items fail. The attendees included seven students from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s NDE technology course being taught by past section chair, Glenn M. Light.

South Texas
Attendees of the South Texas Section’s April meeting, including students from Glenn M. Light’s (front row, far left) NDE technology course at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The meeting featured a presentation by Jeffrey J. Diehm (front row, far right).


Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section participated in a career exhibition at Moutse Village in Denilton, Limpopo on 17 April. Grade 12 learners from high schools and secondary schools in the area attended the exhibition. An ASNT NDT Level III herself, Section Secretary Glenda K. Molope did a great job inspiring the learners. They were all very excited to hear about NDT as a career option and were keen to learn more.

Southern Africa
Students from Tadimane and Ramatshagalala secondary schools learned about career options in NDT from Southern Africa Section Secretary Glenda K. Molope (far left) at a career exhibition on 17 April.


Susquehanna Valley

York, Pennsylvania

On 25 April, the Susquehanna Valley Section held a meeting in State College, Pennsylvania, at the Pennsylvania State University Earth and Engineering Sciences Building. The meeting included a presentation on EMAT robotic inspection of cracks in welded stainless steel canisters for spent nuclear fuel rods by Cliff J. Lissenden. Penn State graduate study students provided a tour of the ultrasonic labs, including the acoustic emissions, laser ultrasound, and immersion lab.

Twenty-nine attendees were present, representing fabricators, inspection agencies, equipment manufacturers, academia, government, and students. The Section extends gratitude to Penn State for opening their doors and allowing a tour of the facility, and for their continued mentoring of undergrad and graduate students to further develop the nondestructive evaluation profession with innovative technologies.

Susquehanna Valley
Attendees of the Susquehanna Valley Section’s April meeting enjoyed a tour of the ultrasonic labs at Pennsylvania State University.


Section Highlight

The Connecticut Yankee Section’s 15 May meeting featured a recognition of scholarship award winners, a summary of the Regional Planning Meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a presentation on the making of ductile iron centrifugal casting process for ground vehicles with heavy axles in China.

Connecticut Yankee
The Connecticut Yankee Section’s 15 May meeting included a presentation of scholarships to Zachary T. Deziel and Kari E. Thibodeau and a presentation by Donald A. Rhoda. From left: ASNT Past President Robert A. Feole, Deziel, Thibodeau, Section Chair Rachel L. Taylor, and Rhoda.