History

Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) research at Iowa State University dates back to the early 1980s, when the U.S. Air Force funded a program to develop more quantitative NDE measurement methods for aircraft inspection. ISU was selected because of its strong engineering program and the presence on campus of a national laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) was formed in 1985 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). CNDE teams with industrial and government sponsors who help guide the research at CNDE and share the results. CNDE has a long history of working with industry to provide cost-effective tools and solutions, which address relevant problems for a variety of industrial sectors and applications.