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2022 Advancement of Women in NDT Recipient


Jean Bridge has been an NDT Level III for 25 years and has worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 27 years. As one of Caterpillar’s leading corporate Level III’s, Jean owns and authors NDT and Welding Quality related specifications, practices, and standards. Jean has taught NDT classes in six countries and traveled to over 20 countries to assess weld quality or process compliance. All students outside the USA have been males, but they are impressed to hear about the female leadership in NDT within the USA. Overall, her American UT students have been 40% female. She’s also had over 50 visual weld auditor students, of which 16% have been women. Jean has also developed and mentored two women to the Team Lead/NDT Coordination positions at their respective facilities.

Jean is involved in the Society of Women Engineers, where she participates in local STEM outreach programs during “Engineer’s week”. Jean is a member of the ASNT Employer Based Certification audit program committee and the WIN – Women in NDT council, where she is team lead of the Career Resources Team.

Jean has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois, an AAS in Nondestructive Testing from Moraine Valley CC and an MBA from Millikin University. She holds one US patent for an UT inspection system.


Dr. Cara Leckey joined NASA in 2010 as a Research Physicist in the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch (NESB), where she spent many years leading research in computational nondestructive evaluation - with a focus on ultrasound modeling. Cara ended up in NDE prior to joining NASA, when she sought out applied physics research opportunities while in graduate school at the College of William and Mary. Since joining NASA, she has also served as project lead of the NASA Langley High Performance Computing Incubator (HPCI) project and the Assistant Branch Head and then Branch Head of the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch (NESB). She currently serves on a temporary detail as the Center Transformation Portfolio Manager for NASA Langley. Cara has also served as an Associate Technical Editor for Materials Evaluation and Research in NDE and is the author/co-author on 20+ journal articles, 30+ proceedings and multiple book chapters. She is the recipient of several awards including the Gears of Government Team Award.

Cara is passionate about enabling others to grow their technical interests/skills while working towards their career goals. She also values enabling higher research impact by connecting disciplines/teams and through effective scientific communication/advocacy. She completed Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physics from the College of William and Mary, and a B.S. in physics from the University of Mary Washington.


Kimberley Hayes is the co-founder of Valkim Technologies, LLC with over 25 years of experience in chemical processing, nondestructive testing (NDT), and welding. She has discovered her passion through the foundation of Valkim in November 2020 to leverage innovation amidst the forced changes imposed through the pandemic. She has numerous publications, presentations, and has filed three patents with two prototypes.

Her unsettled curiosity in NDT started during her 18 years at ITW where she worked for Magnaflux as a Global Business Development Manager (GBDM) and had the privilege to support the ITW Innovations Team under the Welding Division. Inquisition continued during her five years as a GBDM at Olympus, where her methods exposure expanded as she sought to bring new solutions to the industry during the early peaks of this wave of digital transformation.

Kim’s Bachelor of Science created the foundation for the physics-based career path, then her Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine supported the company’s current initiatives. She believes in life-long-learning and her latest educational accomplishments are certifications in Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning (AIML), Business Strategy from MIT, and AIML for Managers from UT-. Her fundamental belief is that disruption is not disruptive if actively pursued.


2022 Advancement of Women in NDT Recognition winner Claudia Kropas-Hughes, PhD, has worked in the NDT industry for 30+ years. Currently retired, she has been employed by the US Air Force as a Research Leader for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and as a Technical Advisor at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Her experience is primarily in computed tomography (CT) and digital X-ray techniques. Kropas-Hughes has served as the Professional Program Chair for the ASNT Annual Conference for 20+ years. She is a member of the Penetrating Radiation Methods Committee and a past member of the ASNT Board of Directors. She is also active in the Miami Valley Section and in ASTM International, where she is a member of the Radiology Subcommittee (E07.01) and a past member of the ASTM Board of Directors. Kropas-Hughes is an ASNT Fellow (class of 2002) and an ASTM Fellow, recipient of the Charles N. Sherlock Meritorious Service Award (2008), the ASNT Mentoring Award (2016), Robert McMaster Gold Medal (2019), and the ASTM E07 Briggs Award. An electrical engineer by education, she has a PhD from the Air Force Institute of Technology.


I am Annabel Sebuc Sab-it, currently NDT Level 3 and Production Area Manager at MOOG, Baguio Philippines Facility. I got my ASNT Level 3 certification way back 2012, 7th ASNT certified in the Philippines that time and 2nd woman that got certified. I am ASNT Level 3 certified in Penetrant Testing and Magnetic Particle Testing. I am also certified NDT Level 3 per EN4179 requirement.

Got into the field of NDT by chance. Studied Non Destructive Testing Engineering Technology at Technological University of the Philippines-Taguig Campus. During my entrance at the university, it is the only course available. Though this is not “What I wanted to be when I grow up thing”-I made the most of it. After the NDT course, I pursued my BS Mechanical Engineering and graduated last 2007.

I started working in NDT as ultrasonic testing inspector way back 2003 after graduating a technical course. And in 2007, after my BSME degree, I was then accepted as NDT Inspector at MOOG Philippines. I inspected big manifolds, long cylinders and pistons, bushing and spool mainly for a well-known aircraft manufacturers. Face countless of audits, internal and external. And in 2014, I became the NDT Supervisor, then 2017, became the Production Area Manager while still holding the NDT level 3 certification. Now 15 years in service at MOOG Philippines. Being in NDT field really helps me in my day-to-day operations. Technically, I am supporting the external and internal issues when it comes to NDT. Gave inputs what caused the rejection and possible corrective actions.

I am passionate to NDT because it’s all about the safety of the people. We are doing inspection to ensure the quality of the products so that accident can be avoided. I believe in saying that NDT inspectors and technicians, Levels 3s, and NDT engineers are like doctors because by doing our job well, we are saving millions of lives every day.