Roger Engelbart began his 47-year nondestructive testing (NDT) career as a radiographic technician in the aerospace industry. He holds a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and an M.S. in mechanical engineering/materials science from Washington University in St. Louis. Engelbart is currently an Associate Technical Fellow in nondestructive evaluation with Boeing Research & Technology, focusing on the development of inspection methods for aircraft advanced materials and structures. He holds more than 50 US and international patents in NDT technology. He has been responsible for executing technology transfer and research programs with Boeing’s international customers. This role has taken him to numerous countries, providing him the opportunity to communicate with international users of ASNT certifications and services while learning about the shared interests between ASNT and other NDT societies.
Engelbart has been an ASNT member for 32 years, holds ASNT NDT Level III certifications in five methods (MT, PT, RT, UT, and VT), and was selected as an ASNT Fellow in 1989. He has served as a board member, committee chair, secretary, treasurer, vice chair, and chair of the St. Louis Section; he worked with a member group in 2005 to help revitalize the Section. He currently serves as Section chair. Nationally, Engelbart has completed a previous three-year term on the ASNT Board of Directors as Director at Large, and from 2011–2015, he served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Chair of the Board. He served five years on the Board of Directors Selection Committee and chaired it twice. He has served as secretary, vice chair, and chair of the Research Council, and currently chairs the Technical & Education Council (T&E). He also chairs the Industry Division of T&E, the Engineering Council’s Industry Committee, and the Aerospace Committee. He has served for 11 years on the Governance Committee, in addition to terms on Audit, Business and Finance, International Ad Hoc, Nonfinancial Recognition, and Operations Committees. He has chaired numerous conference technical sessions; he is the co-founder and technical program co-chair of the ASNT topical conference “NDE of Aerospace Materials & Structures,” which was launched in 2008. He is a member of the British Institute for Nondestructive Testing (BINDT) and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Committees E07 (NDT) and F42 (Additive Manufacturing).
Engelbart sees open sharing of the Society’s direction as one of ASNT’s greatest assets. He has been active both as an e-Mentor and as a participant in the Research Symposium’s Student Mentoring Program; he believes that the Society has been very creative in developing programs to reach out to young people to educate them about the field of NDT. Society leaders should also seek to encourage, mentor, and develop promising volunteers for national involvement. Engelbart feels ASNT should continue its international outreach and its advocacy for the integration of newly trained inspectors into the workforce through internships and entry-level positions that help them to build their certifications.