The purpose of the Young NDT Professional Award is to recognize individuals whose initial career contributions exemplify high standards of excellence in the areas of professional achievement and meritorious service. The award is given to supervisors, educators, managers, researchers, consultants, developers, and others who are ASNT members with five to ten years of involvement in the NDT industry. Award applicants must be sponsored by a local ASNT section, council, or national committee.
2019 winner Ahmed Arabi Hassen is a staff scientist at the US Department of Energy (DOE) – Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Hassen has wide experience in different composite materials processing techniques, including long/short fiber thermoplastics, compression molding, injection molding, vacuum forming, and thermoplastic extrusion, to name a few. He is currently working on development and characterization of fiber reinforced materials for additive manufacturing (AM) extrusion deposition processes, especially for Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) systems. Hassen is leading ORNL’s development efforts for AM molds and dies for the composite manufacturing industry. He also has broad experience in the field of composite characterization using destructive and nondestructive testing/evaluation (NDT/E) techniques such as ultrasonic testing, acoustic emission testing, and X-ray techniques. Hassen has coauthored numerous peer-reviewed publications while also receiving various honors and technical awards such as two 2017 R&D 100 Awards.
Hassen is currently the ASNT Research Council Program Committee Chair, serving as a member of the Financial Awards Committee and acting as an active member of the Research and Section Operation Councils. He has also served as the ASNT Regional Director for Region 6 and led an effort to retrieve the ASNT local section in Birmingham, Alabama, after it had been dormant for over 10 years. This Section was awarded the President’s Bronze Award for 2014–2015 under his leadership. He was appointed as the Program Co-Chair for the ASNT 26th Research Symposium held in Jacksonville, Florida. Hassen is an active participant in ASNT events, where he has organized and chaired several sessions. He has also served as the guest editor for the April 2018 Materials Evaluation technical focus issue on NDE for Additive Manufacturing.