Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture

Award Information

The Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture is established in memory of the outstanding contributions to ASNT and the NDT industry by Dr. Horace H. Lester, and Dr. Robert F. Mehl.  Dr. Lester wrote numerous published articles, fostered techniques, and did seminal work in ASNT committees.  Dr. Mehl was the first person to use radium for gamma radiography. The Lester Honor Lecture and Mehl Honor Lectures were separate recognitions, given every other year, until 2018.

Purpose

To recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science of nondestructive testing. Such contributions may be in the area of research, applications technology, management, education, equipment development or other related areas.

Eligibility

A candidate for this Lecture must have made outstanding contributions to the science of NDT and be prominent amongst his/her peers.

Nomination

Nominations for the Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture may be made by ASNT’s general membership and shall consist of:

  • Name of Nominee
  • Address of Nominee
  • Business Affiliation of Nominee
  • Paragraph describing the contribution made by the Nominee and justification for recognition including how contributions relate to the appropriate conference theme (for conference theme, please contact: Alicia LeMasters, Meeting Coordinator, at: alemasters@asnt.org)

Materials Submitted

  • Name of Nominee
  • Address of Nominee
  • Business Affiliation of Nominee
  • Paragraph describing the contribution made by the Nominee and justification for recognition including how contributions relate to the appropriate conference theme (for conference theme, please contact: Alicia LeMasters, Meeting Coordinator, at: alemasters@asnt.org)

Method of Selection

The Non-Financial Recognition and Honors Committee selects up to one individual, provided the nominee has met the established guidelines.

  • The recipient of the Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture will provide a lecture at ASNT’s Annual Conference during the year of the named award (i.e. 2018 Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture Recipient will present in the fall of 2018).
  • A written text of the lecture is to be provided to ASNT for publication in Materials Evaluation. The format, style and schedule for the text is to be obtained from ASNT International Service Center (ISC) (please contact: Karen Balkin, M.E. Editor, at: kbalkin@asnt.org). The paper will be published in the December or January Materials Evaluation issue following ASNT’s Annual Conference. The lecturer is expected to provide the manuscript to ASNT ISC in ample time to meet the publication date. The magazine feature title shall be sub headed “Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture Winner.”

Award Timeline

  • Announcements are made in the: February Issue of Materials Evaluation in even-numbered years
  • Nomination deadline: 1st of August
  • The Non-Financial Recognition and Honors Committee will provide its recommendation to the ASNT Board of Directors during ASNT’s Annual Conference
  • The recipient will be notified following the Annual Conference
  • The recipient is expected to present as the plenary speaker at the next Annual Conference

Form of Award

Citation - Black Frame Award

Current Award Recipient(s)

  • Richard Bossi
    Dr. Richard Bossi

*Recipient Biography will be published in the February 2018 Issue of Materials Evaluation

Past Award Recipients

Lester-Mehl_Past-Recipients

ISC Contact

Jessica Ames
Awards and Honors Program
ASNT, Inc.
1711 Arlingate Lane
PO Box 28518
Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-274-6003 Ext. 233 Fax: 614-274-6899
Email: james@asnt.org