Dave Utrata

  • Program Director: NDE Group

Main Office

Applied Sciences II
Ames, IA
Phone: 515-294-6095


Illinois Institute of Technology, Metallurgical Engineering, M. S., 1981 Illinois Institute of Technology, Metallurgical Engineering, B.S., 1978

Interest Areas

Application of NDE methods in various industries
Wide range of industrial experience, including steel and railroad industries
Personal and Professional Goals:
Develop NDE solutions for a variety of industrial challenges Grow industrial assistance program within CNDE, enhance contact with manufacturers
Research Interests:
Developing efficient NDE solutions for wide variety of industrial problems Maintaining a robust awareness of the potential and limitations of various NDE methodologies and tools Application of various NDE methodologies to bio-based materials and other “nontraditional” materials Expanding the nondestructive evaluation and characterization of materials, including powder metallurgy components, spot-welded and brazed structures Enhancement of nondestructive methods in railroad practice

Brief Biography

Professional Academic Experience:

Organize and perform NDE-related demonstrations for industrial clients

Develop and present 4-hour seminar “Introduction to NDE” to industrial attendees

Professional Industrial and Other Non-Academic Experience:
1994 – present Associate Scientist, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Program Manager - NDE Group of IPRT Company Assistance 1980 – 1994  Senior Research Engineer II Association of American Railroads, Chicago, IL 1984 - 1985 Visiting Scientist NASA – Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Honors and Awards, Professional Society Memberships:
Organized spot weld inspection program involving several industrial clients, including symposium following this 2-year study for public distribution of results Co-organized the first Metal Powder Industries Federation symposium dedicated solely to the nondestructive inspection of powder metallurgy components, Ames, IA, July 1998. Performed research in the nondestructive measurement of stresses and flaw detection in rails; research projects have been funded by the BNSF Railroad, Sperry Rail Service, and Krautkramer/AGFA. Participated in project funded by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Midwest Forensic Center to apply ultrasonic and magnetic techniques for recovery of forensic evidence

Selected Publications

Contributed to:
  • The Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
  • American Society for Nondestructive Testing,
  • ASM International
  • Railroad industry conferences and publications