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ASNT Announces Two Faculty Grant Recipients

27 August 2021

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) announces the recipients of two Faculty Grant award recognitions. The Faculty Grant encourages faculty members from engineering or science programs of United States universities and colleges to revise their existing courses or develop new courses to teach nondestructive testing/evaluation (NDT/NDE) by providing a financial grant.

Faculty Grants were awarded to Hossein Taheri, Ph. D. and Tzuyang Yu, Ph.D. 

Dr. Yu is a professor of structural engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UML). He also serves as Associate Chair for Doctoral Studies in the CEE Department at UML. Dr. Yu received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of structural engineering and materials, specializing in the remote electromagnetic imaging of concrete structures. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (NYUST) in Yunlin, Taiwan, and his master’s degree from National Central University in Chungli, Taiwan. He is the director of the NDT/SHM Lab at UML and the Institutional Lead of the University Transportation Center Region 1 — Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) (led by the University of Maine) at UML. Besides NDT and structural health monitoring of civil infrastructures, Dr. Yu is also interested in applied mathematics, applied mechanics, structural dynamics, structural stability, and metamaterials.

Dr. Taheri is an assistant professor of manufacturing engineering at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Taheri obtained his Ph.D. from Iowa State University working at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE). His main research area is in the field of NDE (conventional and phased array ultrasonic testing), structural health monitoring, in-situ condition monitoring, NDE 4.0, and machine learning, which are supported by federal agencies and industry sponsors. Dr. Taheri is a recipient of the 2018 ASNT Young NDT Professional Award, 2016 ASNT Fellowship Award, Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award, and the R. Bruce Thompson Fellowship in CNDE Application. He has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on NDT for manufacturing, OEM, and smart manufacturing applications. Dr. Taheri also served as the panelist and chair for several NDT and in-situ monitoring for additive manufacturing (AM) events, and as a reviewer/editor for NDT journals and conferences.  

“ASNT is proud to recognize and support the work of Drs. Yu and Taheri,” said Neal Couture, ASNT Executive Director. “These faculty grants extend ASNT’s objective to advance NDT education by strengthening and enabling the implementation of innovative NDT courses.”

About ASNT

Serving more than 22 000 members and certificate holders worldwide, ASNT, based in Columbus, Ohio, is the largest technical society for NDT professionals. ASNT certification and standards programs, publications, conferences, education, membership, and professional development programs are the foundation for expanding awareness of advancements in NDT. Governed by a volunteer group of officers and directors, ASNT is organized by councils representing interests relating to certification, engineering, research, education, and section operations.