May 22, 2014

Poudel receives nondestructive testing award

Anish Poudel, a teaching assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes, is the recipient of the 2014 Young Nondestructive Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT). 

The professional group specializes in analyzing the properties of materials and devices without causing damage to them. Nondestructive testing includes a wide array of techniques for analyzing materials, components and systems in ways that leaves them unharmed. It is an important and commonly used approach in fields including forensic, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical and civil engineering, among many others. 

A doctoral student at SIU, Poudel’s research concentrates on developing intelligent nondestructive evaluation systems that use ultrasonic and infrared thermography methods to evaluate carbon-based composites used in aircraft and aerospace applications. 

The award recognizes individuals whose initial career contributions exemplify high standards of excellence in the areas of professional achievement and meritorious service in the field of nondestructive testing. Supervisors, educators, managers, researchers, consultants, developers and others who are ASNT members with five to 10 years of involvement in the industry are eligible. 

The ASNT is the largest technical society in the world. It provides a forum for the exchange of technical information as well as educational materials and programs. Founded in 1941, it currently has more than 14,000 members including more than 600 corporate partners. The non-profit corporation is governed by a board of directors and includes more than 90 chartered local sections in more than 10 countries.