A Fellow of ASNT is an individual member of the Society who has demonstrated outstanding professional distinction and who has made continued significant contributions to the advancement of NDT in areas such as management, engineering, science, education, administration, or planning.
The 2019 class of ASNT Fellows is Jennifer Anaya, Timothy L. Burkholder, Tsuchin Philip Chu, Ajay M. Koshti, and Jason Neill Taylor.
2019 winner Jennifer Anaya is vice president of Alloyweld Inspection Co. Inc. in Bensenville, Illinois. She grew up around nondestructive testing since her father started a nondestructive testing laboratory and welding shop in 1968. Her career in NDT started by processing film by hand, and for 15 years she performed film X-ray inspection. In 1998 she obtained one of the first digital computed radiographic (CR) systems.
Along with raising four daughters and serving as a local school board president, she also pioneered the way in computed tomography (CT) in 2013 after obtaining a new system. She is an NAS-410 Level 3 in film, computed radiography, and digital DDA radiography, and has been qualified as an AWS Certified Radiographic Interpreter since 2009. Anaya also serves on ASTM E07.01 and as secretary for the ASTM E07.02 committee for Reference Radiographs. Her local activities include serving as chair of the Chicago Section of ASNT in 1999–2000 and as treasurer ever since then. She has worked many outreach programs such as the IIT Engineering Week program each year, which introduces grade school and high school students, girls in particular, to nondestructive testing as a career as well as at the local high school through ASNT. Her personal goal is to train as many women as possible to perform both film and digital X-ray inspection.
Anaya spoke at Argonne National Laboratory at the International Atomic Energy Agency–Argonne “Regional Training Course for Teachers to Introduce Nuclear Sciences in Secondary Schools through Innovative Approaches.” Her topic was “Use of Radiation in Industry.” Thirty-two attendees from 17 different countries were in attendance for the presentation. On a national level, she has attended many digital imaging and ASNT national conferences and made a presentation on computed tomography at the 75th Anniversary of ASNT in Long Beach, California. Anaya is the recipient of the 2017 Advancement of Women in NDT Recognition and the 2018 Mentoring Award.
2019 winner Timothy L. Burkholder graduated in 1998 with honors from Spartan School of Aeronautics with an associate’s degree in applied science and total quality management with a focus on nondestructive testing. His NDT career began at an MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) facility focused on large body aircraft, where he learned the trade as a trainee, advancing to SR NDT Technician certified Level II in UT, MT, PT, and ET. After many years, he moved over to the manufacturing of composites when the Boeing 787 program was just gaining momentum. Shortly after this, he worked with his employer to obtain his Level III certification. He was promoted to supervisor and Responsible Level III, where he achieved high throughput with the use of advanced scanning systems utilizing curved arrays. A half decade later, he had moved into the service industry, working with MISTRAS Group starting as a UT Level III for the composite inspection services the company provided. With his familiarity with composites and processes, he quickly grew into the position of operations manager, his current role.
2019 winner Tsuchin Philip Chu is Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He is also the director of the Engineering Science Ph.D. program in the College of Engineering at SIUC. He was a faculty member of Polytechnic University in New York (now NYU) before he joined SIUC in 1990. Chu has conducted research for over 30 years in areas such as nondestructive evaluation (NDE), biomedical engineering, experimental mechanics, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), finite element analysis, and additive manufacturing, as well as sensors and instrumentation. He is a pioneer in the area of digital image correlation (DIC) and at the cutting edge of research in NDE and biomechanics. He has more than 140 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings and over $2M in grants from institutions such as NASA, Boeing, US Air Force, IBM, and Illinois Clean Coal Institute. Chu has advised more than 40 graduate students. He developed the Intelligent Measurement and Evaluation Lab, which houses state-of-the-art equipment including a DIC system and infrared thermography system, as well as immersion, contact, and air-coupled ultrasonic C-scan systems. He is currently a subject matter expert for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center NDE Technical Disciplinary Team. He is co-founder and director of Clipius Technologies, a think-tank company that produces intellectual property in the areas of defense, aerospace, and biomedical devices.
Chu is an ASNT Fellow (class of 2019). He received the ASNT Mentoring Award in 2014, an ASNT Faculty Grant Award in 2012, 2017, and 2019, and an ASNT Fellowship Grant in 2010 and 2019. He is also the recipient of the Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture in 2019.
2019 winner Ajay M. Koshti holds B.Tech., M.S., and D. Sc. degrees and a Professional Engineer (PE) certification in mechanical engineering. He has been a member of ASNT since 1987 and holds ASNT NDT Level III certification in five methods.
From 1988 through end of the NASA Space Shuttle program in 2011, Koshti worked as an NDE engineer on the NASA Space Shuttle Program at different locations including the Rockwell Facility in Downey and Palmdale, California; NASA Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Florida; and NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Koshti also worked as an orbiter ground support equipment (GSE), including orbiter handling equipment (OHE), engineer for six years at Kennedy Space Center. He led the implementation of ultrasonic preload measurements on some space shuttle critical joints such as the orbiter to ET umbilical disconnect bolts, orbiter to Boeing 747 attachment bolts, and orbiter vertical tail forward attachment bolts. He helped in the resolution of issues of orbiter GSE such as the orbiter mate/demate slings, jacks, tow bars, and orbiter transporter. He designed orbiter towing lines on the roads at NASA Kennedy Space Center.
Since 2004, Koshti has been working as a lead NDE engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center. After the Columbia accident, he led the project of developing and implementing infrared nondestructive testing of space shuttle wing leading edge and nose cone for preflight ground processing. He chaired the NASA Orbiter NDE Working Group and contributed to the development and implementation of nondestructive methods used on space shuttle orbiter hardware such as vertical tail lug joints, main propulsion system (MPS) flowliners, MPS valve poppets, composite pressure vessels, midbody boron-aluminum struts, payload bay doors, and laminated and honeycomb composite structures.
Since the end of space shuttle program in 2011, Koshti has been working on the NASA International Space Station program, NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) Program, and NASA Commercial Cargo & Crew Programs with SpaceX as a responsible NDE engineer. He co-chairs the NASA Orion MPCV NDE Working Group meeting and NASA Commercial Program NDE Group with SpaceX meeting.
Koshti has authored over 30 research papers. He invented analytical models for the ultrasonic measurement of interference pressure, bending, and shear load in bolted joints, as well as normalized “Koshti” contrast data processing in infrared thermography. He has four patents in infrared thermography. He invented limited validation approach for reliable flaw detection in NDE using single and multi-hit detection. He also invented analytical models for assessing X-ray crack detectability.
2019 winner Jason Neill Taylor, C.Eng, M.Inst. NDT, BSc, started his NDT career in 1985. His first job was in the darkroom of a pipeline project, and he thought, “This will do until a proper job comes along.” After a couple of years working on radiography crews for various projects, he realized that it could actually be a rewarding career. At this point he took a vacation from his employer, borrowed some money, and undertook a radiography course in Cambridge, UK, along with the newly developed PCN Level II exam. After passing the exam, he carried on working throughout the UK and offshore, adding MT, PT, and UT Level IIs to his credentials. Throughout this time, he was working in general engineering, oil and gas, and structural and ships surveys.
Ten years in, he saw a change in direction working as the NDT operation manager for a new employer who was heavily involved with aerospace inspection. This required him to become qualified in accordance with SNT-TC-1A in addition to the PNC ISO 9712 certifications he already held. The owner of this company was heavily involved with the local section of ASNT, and through this group, he saw the advantages of having Level III qualifications and the doors they could open. Over the next few years he added ASNT NDT Level IIIs in RT, MT, PT, UT, and VT to his CV.
Another five years and another change of employer saw him back in the oil, gas, and petrochemical environment. He ran the NDT operations on a couple of sites with up to 120 technicians on some projects. As the clients used him as their informed resource for NDT, this pushed him to keep his NDT knowledge deepening and growing. Due to the reputation he had built over this time combined with his NDT training experience, his employer made him the NDT technical manager for the group.
This new role expanded his horizons, allowing him to get involved with both the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and the North Atlantic Section of ASNT. During this time, he ran the NDT training school at his company and developed courses not covered by traditional NDT training, and found he could use his experience and position to bring in, guide, and mentor many apprentices and veterans into the industry. Many of these contacts are still maintained many years later.
All of this has led to his latest role as Global NDT Technical Manager for SGS Group Industrial Services. While supporting SGS operations and clients around the world, he has maintained his involvement with both BINDT by working on committees and currently serving as vice president, and ASNT by his involvement with the North Atlantic Section, serving as the chair for several years and continuing to serve as the treasurer.
He continues to expand his technical qualifications, adding ISO 9712 Level IIIs in MT, PT, RT, and UT, and he also works with equipment manufacturers and end users to keep up with developing technologies and to advise on best practice applications.