ASNT Fellowship Awards

November 20, 2019

The ASNT Fellowship Award is a cash award granted to an educational institution to fund specific research in nondestructive testing at the postgraduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) level. Academic institutions with graduate educational research programs are invited to submit proposals each year. The award is made during the following Annual Conference.

Iowa State University

2019 winner Iowa State University will receive an ASNT Fellowship Award for proposed research titled “A Hybrid Nondestructive Evaluation Probe for Characterization of Oxidized Nuclear Fuel Cladding Alloys.” The project advisor is Nicola Bowler, and the graduate student is Trishelle Copeland-Johnson.

Nicola Bowler received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, in 1994 for theoretical work in the field of eddy current nondestructive evaluation (NDE). She moved to the Center for NDE, Iowa State University, in 1999 and in 2006 was appointed associate professor of materials science and engineering (MSE) at Iowa State University. She was promoted to the rank of full professor with tenure in 2012. Her research interests include electromagnetic NDE of dielectrics and polymer-matrix composites, including low-cost sensor design, and the characterization of polymers and nanocomposites by broadband dielectric spectroscopy and other methods. She served as a senior associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation for two years, as a technical editor of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, published by Springer, for two years, and as an associate editor of Measurement Science and Technology, published by the Institute of Physics, United Kingdom, for six years. Bowler was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and is chair of the 2018 and 2019 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena. This is her fourth ASNT Fellowship Award.

Nicola Bowler

Trishelle Copeland-Johnson obtained her master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, studying perovskites for photovoltaic-related applications. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in materials science and engineering, her dissertation work focusing on oxide growth on nuclear fuel cladding materials.

Trishelle Copeland-Johnson

Pennsylvania State University

2019 winner Pennsylvania State University will receive an ASNT Fellowship Award for proposed research titled “Linear and Nonlinear Resonance Ultrasonic Spectroscopy for Real-time Process Control of Additively Manufactured Parts.” The project advisors are Parisa Shokouhi and Jacques Riviére, and the graduate student is Prabhakaran Manogharan.

Parisa Shokouhi joined the department of engineering science and mechanics (ESM) in July 2018. She was previously an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. Prior to coming to Penn State, Shokouhi was a research group leader at BAM, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany, and a visiting professor at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her main research interests are ultrasonic testing, nondestructive evaluation, and machine learning–inspired data analysis and assimilation, as well as acoustic metamaterials.

Parisa Shokouhi

Jacques Rivière is an assistant professor in the department of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France (2012), and an M.S. in acoustics from the University of Le Mans, France (2008). He worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) from 2012 to 2015 and in the department of geosciences at Penn State in 2015 to 2016. From 2016 to 2018, he was a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Grenoble Alpes University in Grenoble, France. His research interests are in the areas of ultrasonics and geophysics, with applications to the nondestructive evaluation of materials, structural health monitoring, geothermal energy, CO2 sequestration, unconventional oil and gas, and earthquake physics.

Jacques Rivière

Prabhakaran Manogharan is a first-year Ph.D. student in the engineering science and mechanics department at the Pennsylvania State University. Before starting his graduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Manogharan worked at General Electric aviation for three years and had completed the Edison Engineering Development program, where he worked on additive manufacturing–cold spray technology for super-alloy materials and the design of GE9x compressor engine module, which will power the Boeing 777x airplane. He earned his bachelor of technology degree in mechanical engineering from Pondicherry Engineering College, India, in 2011 and a master of science by research degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 2015, with a specialization in machine design. His master’s thesis explored the use of ultrasonic guided waves for rapid inspection of bends and corners. His current research interests focus on using linear and nonlinear acoustic methods for characterizing materials and acoustic emission testing.

Prabhakaran Manogharan

Southern Illinois University

2019 winner Southern Illinois University will receive an ASNT Fellowship Award for proposed research titled “Critical Porosity Defect Analysis Using Various Modes of Ultrasonic Immersion Testing.” The project advisor is Tsuchin Philip Chu, and the graduate student is Connor C. Seavers.

Tsuchin Philip Chu is a 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.

Tsuchin Philip Chu

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.

Connor C. Seavers works as a lab manager and research assistant for the Intelligent Measurements and Evaluation Laboratory (IMEL) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). In 2019, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and energy processes from SIUC, where he will continue to pursue a master’s degree. Seavers’s current work in the IMEL investigates the application of flash infrared thermography for detecting defects in the base area of rail, which he plans to present at future conferences. In the future, Seavers wishes to contribute to findings in additive manufacturing (AM) via research in nondestructive testing to aid in the standardization of AM.

Connor C. Seavers

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019 winner University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive an ASNT Fellowship Award for proposed research titled “Identification of Internal Damage Mechanisms in Metallic Glasses via In-Situ Acoustic Emission.” The project advisor is Robert Maass, and the graduate student is Amlan Das.

Robert Maass received a triple diploma in Materials Science and Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL-EEIGM, France), Luleå Technical University (Sweden), and Saarland University (Germany) in 2005. In 2009, he obtained his Ph.D. from the Materials Science Department at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. During his doctoral work, Maass studied small-scale plasticity with in-situ time-resolved laue diffraction at the Swiss Light Source. From 2009 to 2011 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) on plasticity of metallic glasses. Subsequently, he joined the California Institute of Technology as an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral scholar to continue his research on plasticity of metals. After working as a specialist management consultant for metals at McKinsey & Co., he transferred to the University of Göttingen as a junior research group leader. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 2015. His research interests include microstructure-property relations, size effects, strain localization and defect structures of amorphous and crystalline metals, defect dynamics, mechanical properties, microplasticity, glass transition phenomena, and test-system development. His honors include the Young Scientist Award by the German Materials Society, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the prestigious Emmy Noether award from the German Research Foundation, the NSF Career Award, the TMS Young Leaders Award, and the Masing Memorial Medal from the German Materials Society.

Robert Maass

Amlan Das was born in India and received his bachelor’s in materials science from the Indian Institute of Science in 2016. Since then, he has worked toward his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying the thermo-mechanical properties of metallic glasses using a variety of destructive and nondestructive characterization techniques. In his spare time, Das likes to read fiction and take photographs, mostly of birds.

Amlan Das

University of Pittsburgh

2019 winner University of Pittsburgh will receive an ASNT Fellowship Award for proposed research titled “Nonlinear Solitary Waves for the Detection of Corrosion at Any Temperature.” The project advisor is Piervincenzo Rizzo, and the graduate student is Hoda Jalali.

Piervincenzo Rizzo earned a Laurea (five-years degree equivalent to a M.S.) in aeronautical engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy. He earned a M.S. and a Ph.D. in structural engineering in 2002 and 2004, respectively, from the University of California, San Diego. In fall 2006, he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he founded the Laboratory for Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring Studies. In spring 2012, he was promoted to associate professor with tenure, and six years later he was promoted to the rank of full professor.

Piervincenzo Rizzo

Rizzo’s research interests are in the area of NDE and structural health monitoring (SHM) using stress waves and thermography. His researches have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration, the National Academies of Science, and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, plus a few of the University of Pittsburgh’s internal grants. Rizzo was the recipient of ASNT’s 2002 Fellowship Award, the 2007 Faculty Grant Award, the 2009 Fellowship Research Award, and two ASNT Outstanding Paper Awards (in 2013 and 2017).

To date, he has authored 97 refereed papers, 8 book chapters, and 170+ conference proceedings/abstracts and technical reports. He is the first person who has received both the Achenbach Medal (in 2012) and the SHM Person of the Year Award (in 2015). The Medal recognizes one young individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the field of SHM. The Award recognizes accomplishments within the past year or the past few years. Both honors are selected by the editors and associate editors of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal. Rizzo received also the 2016 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Junior Scholar Award. Recently, he received the 2019 Distinguished Structural Engineering Alumni Lecture Award.

Hoda Jalali is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2013, and a master’s degree in structural engineering from the same school in 2016. Her research interests are in the area of solitary wave propagation for NDE and sound isolation.

Hoda Jalali