Membership Highlights – Value to Members

  • The only NDE center in the country
  • Internationally-recognized faculty and research staff involved in fundamental science:
    • expertise in numerous NDE modalities
    • quick response to members’ needs
    • access to other scientists at ISU
  • Membership pooled funds for pre-competitive fundamental & advanced research
  • Membership research dollars go 39% further, due to greatly reduced overhead rate
  • $2.5M – $3.0M/year in leveraged research
  • Notable areas of NDE research:
    • materials characterization models & tools
    • damage characterization
    • computational NDE – prediction models for remaining (safe) service-life
    • additive manufacturing & NDE
    • advancing technology readiness level (TRL)
  • Members provide crucial input guiding CNDE activities & objectives
  • Beta test site for advanced simulation codes/tools
  • Access to unique CNDE-developed NDE software
  • Unique modalities – microwaves, millimeter waves & THz
  • Direct access to NDE-educated students
  • Internal Scholarships & Fellowships that attract the best students in NDE research
  • NDE-focused students for internships & Co-Ops
  • Nationally-unique undergraduate & graduate educational programs in NDE
  • AM-NDE national testbed facility initiative with direct benefit to members
  • State-of-the-art research facilities – beyond the bench top: scale of instruments mirrors industrial needs
  • Close cooperation with Ames Lab. (DoE facility) & access to Sensitive Instrument Facility (SIF)
  • CNDE facilities located at ASCII-III (60,000+ sq. ft.)