Director’s Message

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I am pleased to welcome you to the CNDE website.  The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) was established as an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/U CRC) in 1985. It has a history of major contributions to making NDT/NDE a more quantitative science and in contributing to the development of the new professional NDE Engineer.  After 30 years as an I/U CRC Center CNDE “Graduated” from the program on January 1st 2016.

The Center will continue to evolve as a leading Center for Nondestructive Evaluation. It will remain the host for the Ndt-Resource Center, a unique on-line resource that supports NDE education that is getting about 63Million hits per year. It will continue to lead the World Federation of NDE Centers (WFNDEC) and organize the annual QNDE meeting, which in 2016 will be held for the 43rd time.

One traditional and well-known strength of CNDE is its research in the area of aero-space transportation.  CNDE is increasingly engaged in supporting the needs of both the energy and manufacturing sectors, where we will be looking to build on current research activities relating to wind energy, oil and gas, and nuclear power.  The Center is now also looking to build on that strength, and is developing research in other areas of transportation.  As a graduated NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/U CRC) we look forward to continuing to work closely with our sponsors, and to expanding our research portfolio that addresses critical national and international needs.   We have a strong program tailored to the specific NDE needs of Iowa companies with dedicated staff available to assist in determination of the feasibility of commercially available tools, development of inspection protocols, and/or referrals to other service providers, depending on the needs of the company.

In the area of education, we are working with Departments in Iowa State University’s College of Engineering to grow participation in our NDE Minor that, at the Bachelor level, prepares future generations of engineers for roles in industrial nondestructive evaluation.

One of the major strengths of CNDE is its unique partnership between professional staff, faculty from a diverse range of departments, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students.  We benefit from a rich history and strong capabilities in terms of people, facilities, modeling capability and an impressive range of NDE equipment all available at our Iowa State University location.  We invite you to contact us regarding collaboration in supporting your research and implementation needs.

Leonard J. Bond
Director, Center for NDE
Iowa State University