24 September 2018
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), in partnership with Lorain County Community College (LCCC), Weld-Ed, Chattanooga State Community College (CSCC), and the American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation, is a sub-awardee of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to evaluate and standardize nondestructive testing (NDT) education in academic settings, increase general NDT awareness, and begin laying academic and experience roadmaps for the many career paths of NDT.
“ASNT’s collaborative spirit and regular outreach to peer and industry organizations easily brings ASNT to mind when thinking of organizations with which to partner,” said ASNT Executive Director Dr. Arny Bereson. With explicit technical focus on nondestructive testing and access to world leading subject matter experts and resources, ASNT was an ideal partner to bring to the table when the initial discussions of a grant proposal began more than two years ago. Many brainstorming and working sessions, including an onsite visit with an NSF grant support specialist, yielded a successful grant application submission resulting in over $586k in award funding.
Understanding the current reach of NDT and shifting programs from merely having an NDT course to fully adopting an NDT curriculum as imperative to fully developing a student’s potential is the goal. “The exploration of NDT should be robust. The project isn’t about building a program, it’s designing a replicable model,” Bereson remarked. Redesign and maintenance of a platform to provide current and relevant fundamental NDT information, including technologies employed and industry sectors impacted, is also under ASNT’s purview in this grant.
Project timelines for the grant have been set and are underway. ASNT’s project leads will be presenting an overview of the grant and its potential impact for the NDT community at the 2018 ASNT Annual Conference in October taking place in Houston, TX.
For more information on ASNT's participation in the NSF grant award or to reach other grant partners, contact Heather Cowles at 614-274-6003 x 216.