ASNT Elections: Council Directors

Council Directors are nominated by respective ASNT councils to serve on the Board of Directors. They are entitled to vote on board related issues and are counted for quorum purposes. The term for a Council Director is three (3) years. For the 2013 election, you may vote for up to four candidates.

Candidates for Council Directors


Marwan Basrawi

 Marwan Basrawi, nominated for council director, is the founding regional director of ASNT Region 19. ASNT is the first and largest professional society dedicated to the advancement of nondestructive testing (NDT). Basrawi has served on ASNT’s board of directors, been chair of its Section Operations Council and, since 2001, has continued to be ASNT’s regional director in the Middle East. He also still serves on strategic committees within ASNT. He was made an ASNT Fellow for his distinguished and exemplary service to the NDT profession and being the founding chair of ASNT’s Saudi Arabian Section (SAS). He is quite proud that the SAS has been a repeat winner of ASNT’s prestigious President’s Award. Basrawi continues to lead the establishment of organized and credible NDT in the region through training, certification, conferencing and active ASNT sections. There are currently five ASNT sections in Middle East Region 19: Saudi Arabian, United Arab Emirates, Turk, Kuwait and Qatar.

Tsuchin "Philip" Chu

Nominated for council director, Tsuchin “Philip” Chu is professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He was a faculty member of Polytechnic University in New York before joining SIUC in 1990. Chu has been conducting research in areas such as nondestructive testing (NDT), biomedical engineering, experimental mechanics, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided engineering, as well as finite element analysis, sensors and instrumentation. He is a pioneer in the area of digital image correlation (DIC) and at the cutting edge of research in NDT and biomechanics. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings and over $2 million in grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Boeing, U.S. Air Force, United Technologies, General Dynamics, IBM and the Illinois Clean Coal Institute, among others. Chu has advised more than 40 graduate students. He developed the Intelligent Measurement and Evaluation Lab, which houses state-of-the-art equipment, including DIC systems and infrared thermography systems, as well as emersion, contact and air-coupled ultrasonic C-scan systems. Chu has participated in many summer research programs (NASA and the U.S. Air Force) as a research fellow. He is currently serving on the St. Louis Section board of directors. He is also an associate editor for the professional journal Experimental Techniques. Chu is a co-founder of Clipius Technologies, a think-tank company that produces intellectual property in the areas of defense, aerospace and biomedical devices.

William Plumstead, Jr.

William C. Plumstead, Jr., nominated for council director by the Technical and Education Council, has a B.S. in professional management from Nova Southeastern University. He began his nondestructive testing (NDT) career in 2004 after a successful 20-year career as a software engineer for a large international corporation. His introduction to the NDT field began with formal NDT Level I and NDT Level II training covering five primary NDT methods, followed by hands-on field experience with a testing lab covering automotive and aerospace manufacturing, military applications, and petrochemical, fossil fuel and nuclear power generation. Plumstead is vice president and co-owner of Plumstead Quality and Training Services and manages the Jacksonville, Florida location, providing NDT technical training and outside ASNT NDT Level III consulting services. He designed, developed and implemented the company’s online web-based NDT training, which is fully compliant to Sharable Content Object Reference Model standards for tracking and reporting student progress, grades and completion status. Plumstead is an ASNT NDT Level III in MT, PT and RT with training and experience in ET, UT and VT. His active membership in ASNT at the national level dates to 2004 and includes membership on the MT/PT Committee, Penetrating Radiation Committee, SNT-TC-1A Review Committee, ISO Subcommittee, CP-106 Subcommittee and CP-107 Subcommittee. He served as secretary of the Penetrating Radiation Committee from 2006 to 2011. In 2010 he organized the effort to reactivate the local Northeast Florida Section, which had been inactive for more than 20 years. Plumstead has served as Section chair since 2011. Active outside society participation includes ASTM International E07 Committee for Nondestructive Testing, serving on the Executive Subcommittee and the Long Range Planning Subcommittee as the committee membership secretary. He also serves as the vice chair of E07.92 Editorial Review Subcommittee and a member of the E07.03 Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant Methods and E07.01 Radiology (X and Gamma) Method Subcommittees.

David E. Savoy

David E. Savoy started his career in nondestructive testing (NDT) after graduating with honors from Louisiana Technical College in 1974 in NDT. He has worked in the offshore and pipeline industry for 10 years and more than 30 years in the petrochemical industry. With over 40 years of experience, he has become a leader in NDT. Savoy is currently certified as an ASNT NDT Level III in UT, MT, RT, PT and VT. He also holds several other national certifications from the American Petroleum Institute with a 510/570 certificate and American Welding Society (AWS) as a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). As a more than 25-year member of ASNT, he currently serves as a full member of the Certification Management Council and is vice chair of the PT Committee. Over the past 20 years, Savoy has been active in training individuals for the inspection field. He has been awarded the AWS section and district Private Instructor Award several times. AWS also awarded him the District 18 Dalton E. Hamilton CWI of the Year award. Besides his work in the inspection field, he is an active member of the Sulphur Rotary Club and also serves on its board of directors. Savoy has been married to Nicholette Savoy for 37 years and has two children. His son has followed his dad’s footsteps in joining the NDT business. Savoy is the proud grandfather of three.

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