William Via Bridge NDT Lifetime Service Recognition

Award Information

This recognition was renamed in 2016 to honor William F. Via, who possesses commendable dedication to increasing the effectiveness and innovation of NDT/NDE in the bridge and highway service.  He is a long term member of the society who has helped develop many standards and specifications that are utilized nationally in the bridge industry.


To provide recognition for outstanding voluntary service to the bridge and highway nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDE) industry.


Recognition shall be limited to ASNT members who are performers of significant exemplary service to the bridge & highway NDE industry through voluntary service.  Activities performed as a function of an elected office or paid position shall not be considered.


Nominations for this recognition may be made by members of the ASNT International Service Center Staff, Board of Directors, Councils, the Non-Financial Recognition Committee, Local Sections or any ASNT Member.

Materials Submitted

Nominations shall be in letter form describing some of the volunteer activities of the individual and how their service contributed to the advancement of NDE, specifically in the bridge and/or highway industries.  

Service activities may include, but are not limited to chairing industry specific conferences, serving on or chairing infrastructure committees, authoring technical papers, giving presentations, activities which foster collaboration in the industry sector.

Award Timeline

  • A call for nominees shall be published biennially in the August issue of Materials Evaluation as part of solicitation for recommendations.
  • Nomination deadline: 1 February in even numbered years
  • Notification shall be sent to the recipient via registered mail.
  • The recipient will be asked to give a keynote speech at the SMT Conference in August of that same year and will be acknowledged at the Annual Awards Banquet/Luncheon.

Form of Award


The William Via Bridge NDT Lifetime Service Recognition was not awarded in 2019.

Past Award 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