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ASNT Announces the Appointment of Dr. Parisa Shokouhi as the RNDE EditorinChief

20 October 2020

Columbus, Ohio, 20 October 2020 – The American Society for Nondestructive Testing Inc. (ASNT) has announced the appointment of Dr. Parisa Shokouhi as the Editor-in-Chief for Research in Nondestructive Evaluation (RNDE), beginning 1 January 2021. Her appointment follows the retirement of Dr. John (Jack) C. Duke, Jr., whose tenure as Editor-in-Chief began in 2007. The publication of RNDE is a collaborative effort between the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board, the ASNT Research Council and RNDE Committee, and publisher Taylor & Francis Group.

Parisa Shokouhi, Ph.D., P.E., is an associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. She earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering from Rutgers University. From 2007­­–2014 she worked as a scientist and researcher at BAM – Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany. In addition to authoring or coauthoring more than 80 papers, proceedings, and book chapters, she has delivered a number of talks and led multiple research projects and student advisees. Shokouhi’s research has encompassed multiple materials and methods over the years, although her current work mostly constitutes nonlinear ultrasonic testing including both experimental and modeling. She is a member of ASNT (Susquehanna Valley Section) and a 2019 recipient of the ASNT Fellowship Award.

“We are truly excited to have Dr. Shokouhi as the Editor-in-Chief for RNDE,” remarked ASNT Executive Director Neal Couture. “We welcome her ideas and vision of strategically placing RNDE as the top NDE journal as it aligns perfectly with ASNT’s overall strategic goals and mission of creating a safer world by advancing scientific, engineering, and technical knowledge in the field of nondestructive testing.”

ASNT Research Council Chair Dr. Yicheng (Peter) Pan, who also served on the search committee tasked with finding the new Editor-in-Chief, commented: “Based on her experience, impressive vision, and qualifications, we firmly believe she will be able to take RNDE to the next level as the premier source of research in the field of nondestructive evaluation.”

John (Jack) C. Duke Jr., Ph.D., was appointed as professor emeritus of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2016. He joined the faculty in 1978 upon graduating with distinction from Johns Hopkins University with a Ph.D. in mechanics and materials science. Duke is a Fellow of ASNT, where he has been a member since 1974. Within that time, Duke has received numerous accolades, including most recently the Robert C. McMaster Gold Medal (2020), Mentoring Award (2020), Research Recognition for Sustained Excellence (2018), and William F. Via Bridge NDT Lifetime Service Recognition (2018). Duke has served on a number of ASNT committees, twice been on the ASNT Board of Directors, and is currently serving as chair of the NDT Engineering Education Committee and as an associate technical editor for Materials Evaluation. Outside of ASNT, Duke is active in other professional societies, including ASME, where he is a Fellow, chaired the inaugural year of the ASME NDE Engineering Division, and served as an associate technical editor for the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology.

“To be able to list all of Dr. Duke’s contributions to RNDE and ASNT is simply not possible,” observed Couture. “The Society was very fortunate to have Dr. Duke as the RNDE Editor-in-Chief for almost 15 years. He has been instrumental in elevating the journal to its highly reputable status within the NDE research community. We are eager to recognize, honor, and thank him for his service and dedication over the years.”

About Research in Nondestructive Evaluation

Research in Nondestructive Evaluation (RNDE) is the bimonthly research journal of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). RNDE covers experimental and theoretical investigations dealing with the scientific and engineering bases of NDE, its measurement methodology and a wide range of applications of materials and structures that relate to the entire life cycle, from manufacture to use and retirement. Illustrative topics include advances in the underlying science of acoustic, thermal, electrical, magnetic, optical and ionizing radiation techniques and their applications to NDE problems.

About the American Society for Nondestructive Testing Inc.

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing Inc. (ASNT) is the world's largest technical society for nondestructive testing (NDT) professionals. Through its organization and membership, ASNT provides a forum for exchange of NDT technical information; NDT educational materials and programs; and standards and services for the qualification and certification of NDT personnel. ASNT promotes the discipline of NDT as a profession and facilitates NDT research and technology applications.