ASNT established the Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science of NDT. Such contributions may be in the area of research, applications technology, management, education, equipment development, or other related areas. The Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture was established in memory of the impacts made to NDT by Horace H. Lester and Robert F. Mehl. The Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture will be delivered at the Annual Conference on Wednesday, 20 November, at 8:00 a.m. in Ballroom A-B of the Westgate Resort & Casino, Las Vegas.
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 and 2017, and an ASNT Fellowship Grant in 2010 and 2019. He is also the recipient of the Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture in 2019.