Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) was formed in 1985 as a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). ISU teams with industrial and government sponsors who help guide the research and share the results. At CNDE, scientists, faculty, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students work closely, in an interdisciplinary fashion, with industry and government agencies to advance the field of NDE in its plurality. State-of-the-art research and commercial instrumentation at CNDE support cutting-edge R&D in numerous NDE modalities and technologies.


News and Announcements

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Stephen Holland

CNDE Featured Reseracher: Stephen Holland

Featured Researcher Name: Stephen Holland How long have you been at CNDE? Since 2002 Area(s) of expertise: Thermography, ultrasound, NDE data integration and digital twin Who or what inspired you to pursue your career in NDE? I stumbled across laser ultrasonics as a student intern at Sandia Labs because it was a more interesting topic than…

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Henry Moldenhauer

CNDE Featured Researcher: Mingyang Lu

Name: Mingyang Lu How long have you been at CNDE?  I began at CNDE in April 2023. Area(s) of expertise:  Electromagnetic eddy current experiments and computational modeling. Who or what inspired you to pursue your career in NDE?  I had an interest in electromagnetics as an undergraduate (before 2014) electrical and electronic major at the…

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CNDE – Spring 2024 IAB Meeting

CNDE hosted its Spring 2024 Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting on April 15-17. CNDE researchers presented updates on five research projects that started in August 2023.  Board members reviewed the project presentations and gave feedback on each project. Also presented were nine proposals from CNDE researchers on various topics selected by our members for potential…

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Reza Zoughi

ASNT Iowa Section hosts Technical Talk

The American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Iowa section hosted a technical talk on Thursday, April 4th. Six members of the Ames Fire Department spoke about thermography applications in firefighting, including somewhat recent cases involving the detection of faulty wiring and the detection of corn syrup and propane leaks after a train derailment. Twenty students…

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Anna Case

ASNT Forges Strategic Partnership as CNDE’s Newest Member

The February issue of Materials Evaluation (ME) just published an article announcing the strategic partnership between ASNT and CNDE.  We are happy to announce that Neal Couture, the Chief Executive Officer of ASNT, will attend the Spring IAB meeting and outline future courses of action/plans intended to enhance this strategic partnership.

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Katelyn Brinker

Katie Brinker – IEEE HKN Event Speaker

Katie Brinker former CNDE graduate student, currently Senior Nondestructive Evaluation Engineer at Pratt & Whitney, will be speaking at the IEEE HKN event on the “Realities of a Research Engineer” panel. This panel is focused on making the transition from being a graduate student to working in industry and what it’s like to have an…

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ASNT Iowa Section Hosts February Technical Talk at CNDE

  On the afternoon of Thursday, February 1st the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Iowa Section hosted their first technical talk of the year.  Luke Titus, who holds a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Michigan State University, gave a presentation on the use of Mathematica software for solving ordinary and partial differential equations. …

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CNDE Affiliated Faculty wins NSF CAREER Award

Our colleague, Azadeh Sheidaei, has won this year’s Faculty Early Career Development Award “CAREER: Cyberinfrastructure for Printable Multifunctional Microstructural Materials” from the National Science Foundation.  Please join me in congratulating Azadeh for her outstanding achievement in winning this prestigious award.

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Welcome ASNT to CNDE

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) at Iowa State University (ISU) have long served the nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) community, providing services, leadership, training, and vital research to many member organizations. ASNT and CNDE also have a strong history of collaboration to further benefit the NDT&E…

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CNDE Administration

Dr. Reza Zoughi
ASC II, Suite 151
Email: rzoughi@iastate.edu
Phone: 515.294.5704 

Susie McBirnie
ASC II, Suite 151
Email: susiem@iastate.edu 
Phone: 515.294.8152

Cheryl Sansgaard
ASC II, Suite 151
Email: cheryls@iastate.edu
Phone: 515.294.8157 

Brenda Brink
ASC II, Suite 151
Email: bbrink1@iastate.edu
Phone: 515.294.5813


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