ASNT Elections: Secretary/Treasurer

The Secretary/Treasurer has the following duties:

  • Reports on the financial status of the Society at the Annual Business Meeting of the Society.
  • Responsible for assuring that financial reports are prepared and reported to the Board. Responsible to work with the Executive Director in achieving the goals of the Society and the programs approved by the Board of Directors. 
  • Serves as Recording Secretary for the Society, Executive Committee, Operations Committee and Board of Directors. 
  • Ensures preparation, and distribution of minutes for all meetings of these bodies. Maintains status of Operations Committee and Board of Director charges, and provides the ASNT President and Chairperson of the Board with a listing of all “Open” charges. 
  • Chairs the Business and Finance Committee. 
  • Annually verifies that the Society Officers, Directors, and Headquarters Staff personnel are appropriately bonded, and that the Board approved liability insurance is maintained. 
  • With the Business and Finance Committee, facilitates Board Review and action related to Board financial responsibilities. 

The ASNT Secretary/Treasurer shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee, Operations Committee, Governance Committee and Business and Finance Committee (Chairman).

The term for the ASNT Secretary/Treasurer is one year. You may only vote for one candidate.


 Candidates for Secretary/Treasurer

 

B. Boro Djordjevic

(As submitted by the candidate, B. Boro Djordjevic) As a member of ASNT for 36 years, I am proud to be an ASNT fellow and lifetime member. I have over 30 years of national involvement, including two terms on the Board. I served as chair of the Research Council, Acoustic Emission, Strategic Planning and Publications Committees and I currently chair the T&E Methods Division. My involvement has included numerous other committees, notably Business and Finance, as well as organizing over 20 national or topical meetings, including the Annual Spring Research Symposium. I have presented over 80 papers and chaired numerous sessions. My ASNT experience started at the local level where I served as an officer and chair of the Chesapeake Bay Section. My education includes a BS in 1973, MSE in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1979. I have over 35 years of experience with many large projects in: NDT, NDE, advanced composites, materials processing, embedded sensors, civil structures and air/space systems. This work included a range of activities that span from field testing to R&D, training of inspectors to SNT-TC-1A and teaching numerous seminars and courses. I have consulted to industry, NASA, DoD, government agencies and I served on the National Materials Advisory Board committees, authored over 100 technical publications, seven books, hold seven patents and organized or coordinated meetings of professional societies and international scientific conferences. I have presented numerous technical talks throughout the US and the world including invited presentations in Austria, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Slovenia and Spain. I am listed in the Who's Who in the World, Who’s Who in America. Married for 39 years to Nancy Grant and have two daughters. My personal interests include boating, skiing, swimming and yard work. I bring to ASNT a perspective encompassing 15 years in the Aerospace industry, 10 years at University and currently as president of a small business, Materials and Sensors Technologies Inc., based in Glen Burnie, Maryland, founded in 1994. I believe ASNT needs leadership with vision, strategic planning and emphasis on effective support of USA and International membership. In addition to ASNT Conferences, members need readily available global connectivity, technical information and training materials, accessible from any place, in the web connected world. We cannot ignore our heritage, but ASNT needs to adapt to the new world and new reality. Rapid economy and technology changes need to be managed by a responsive, proactive society structure inclusive of all the members.

 

Morteza Jafari

Morteza Jafari, candidate for secretary/treasurer, believes the nondestructive testing (NDT) community has recently been faced with many new challenges, including certification programs being offered by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) under the ASME Non-Destructive Examination program and European ISO 9712. Furthermore, he says, the introduction of new, advanced technologies has become a challenge that should be addressed professionally within ASNT’s Technical and Education (T&E) Council. Jafari believes the international members of the Society are growing and that the Society is becoming an international organization; new efforts are required to support these members at large. He thinks ASNT’s volunteer organization abroad requires support to actively participate in ASNT programs, and ASNT should address the needs of NDT technicians, who are the backbone of the NDT community. Through his more than 20 years of serving the NDT community in the U.S. and internationally, he wants to pursue a few ideas including the establishment of an International NDT Engineer (INDTE) qualification program similar to the American Welding Society’s International Welding Engineer program. ASNT should allow its experienced technicians to graduate through this program and earn INDTE qualification status. Jafari would also like to offer his help in streamlining the inclusion of emerging technologies into the NDT community. These are among the reasons why he wishes to become a national officer. What follows is a brief summary of Jafari’s leadership skills and experience for leading ASNT into the future. Jafari started his NDT career in 1983 by working as a Level II technician performing ultrasonic, magnetic particle, and penetrant testing in oil and gas facilities. He has served the Greater Houston Section and ASNT national since 1991. He has chaired several committees, the T&E Council and Research Council and has been a director on the Board of Directors for six years. He has a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He holds an ASNT NDT Level III, an ACCP Professional Level III, a TUV Level 3 in RT, UT, MT and PT, and a Certified Welding Inspector certificate. He also holds a Professional Engineering license in Texas. Jafari’s professional experience is in NDT and welding engineering, mechanical engineering, fitness for service, quality assurance, inspection and NDT evaluations, auditing, and training of personnel within several industries. Jafari gained practical experience working in different capacities in domestic and international projects, field construction and manufacturing environments. He pledges to uphold the mission of the Society and report to members annually on the progress of these goals as he goes through national executive positions.

 

 

Danny L. Keck

Candidate for secretary/treasurer, Danny L. Keck has more than 40 years of nondestructive testing (NDT) experience in the nuclear and petrochemical industries and is considered by many a subject matter expert in the field of NDT. Keck joined ASNT in 1978 and is now a Lifetime Member of the Society. He has been very active in the local sections, having served as secretary/treasurer, vice chair and chair of the Alaska Section, a charter member of the Saudi Arabian Section (SAS), vice chair of SAS and a director at large of the Greater Houston Section. On the national level, Keck is currently a director at large on the Society’s Board of Directors, a full member of the Certification Management Council, an appointed member of the Business and Finance Committee, current chair of the Guided Wave Testing (GW) Committee, a member of the Ultrasonics and Magnetic Flux Leakage committees and previously the vice chair of the Chemical and Petroleum Committee. In addition, Keck is the current chair of the NACE International GW standards committee and was previously a member of the ASTM International E-317 NDT Committee. Keck holds five ASNT NDT Level III certifications and four ACCP Professional Level III certificates, in addition to multiple American Petroleum Institute, NACE and National Board certifications. Keck has volunteered countless hours as a conference organizer for numerous International Chemical and Petroleum Industry Inspection Technology conferences and some of the first Middle East NDT Conferences. Keck is currently employed by BP America, in Houston, Texas, as an inspection engineer, where he leads a team of engineers that develop new and innovative subsea NDT techniques and act as consultants to BP’s global organization on matters of NDT, inspection and testing. Keck has been married to his lovely wife, Pamela, for 24 years. Pamela is a photographer and trains their golden retrievers as therapy dogs. Together they have three children, Cortney, 24, currently a surgical tech in the U.S. Air Force; Jesse, 22, who is a junior at Blinn College in Texas; and Brandon, 18, who is a senior at Seven Lakes High School in Texas. Keck values and takes pride in the NDT industry and the importance of ASNT and its members. He works hard at encouraging the participation of membership, companies and communities and is relentless in fostering others to get involved and stay involved. Keck’s vast experience provides him with a unique opportunity to help guide young and new technicians and the NDT industry to reach their potential, as well as guide the Society in the future.

 

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, candidate for secretary/treasurer, has 32 years of experience in nondestructive testing (NDT), currently serving as the manager of NDT for Pratt & Whitney in the engineering organization. Smith has been with Pratt & Whitney since receiving his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas in 1980. His responsibilities include development and implementation of NDT techniques to support Pratt & Whitney engines in the commercial and military fleets as well as NDT research and development activities to improve the safety, performance and cost-effectiveness of Pratt’s products. Significant contract activities have included the Air Force Retirement for Cause development program, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Engine Titanium Consortium and FAA CASR/FPI program. He was a member of the 2004 ATA/FAA Better Way Award for contributions to the FAA fluorescent penetrant inspection research programs. As a result of Smith’s leadership efforts to develop and implement numerous NDT applications for military and commercial engines and propellers, he was recognized as Pratt & Whitney Engineer of the Year in 2004 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has four patents granted in the NDT field. Smith also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University and was a founding contributor to the Model-assisted Probability of Detection working group. Smith has been an active participant in ASNT activities since the mid 1980s, participating in local section activities in Florida and presenting many engine inspection papers at the Annual Conferences and Research Symposia. He has participated in the Research Council, Reliability Committee, MP/PT Committee and Aerospace Committee, which he has chaired. The Aerospace Committee has organized numerous sessions for the Research Symposia and Annual Conferences, as well as taken on the task of preparing an aerospace handbook. As chair of Technical and Education Council, he led the activity to update the Council “Rules of Conduct.” Smith completed a three-year term as director at large in 2012 and was named an ASNT Fellow in 2012. He has also worked to help ASNT develop the means to serve the engineering portion of the NDT community. Currently, Smith serves as the chair of the Research Council. 


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