Dr. Henrique Reis did his graduate studies in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied composite materials and worked on his PhD dissertation in the area of dynamic plastic buckling of shell-like structures. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980 and started working in the area of nondestructive testing (NDT) in 1983, when he was asked to advise a student group to address an industry-sponsored project on the nondestructive characterization of fiber hardboards.
Currently, Reis is a full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches courses in design and in NDT and evaluation to undergraduate and graduate students. He has made contributions in many areas, including nondestructive inspection of tires, characterization of engineered wood, detection of wood decay, safety glass, corrosion, concrete, asphalt concrete, and manufacturing process control. He is a strong believer that knowledge of nondestructive testing and evaluation should be incorporated within engineering undergraduate design curricula. He has contributed many articles to scholarly journals and has advised over 100 industry-sponsored projects, of which 34 have received awards (ranging from gold to merit) from the Annual Lincoln Arc-Welding Design Competition.
Reis is a Fellow of ASNT (class of 2000), as well as a Fellow in the British Institute of Nondestructive Testing (BINDT) and in the Acoustic Emission Working Group (AEWG). He was the recipient of the ASNT’s George L. Pherigo Tutorial Citation (2002), the Founders Award by the ASME Diagnosis and Prognosis Division (2015), the ASNT Research Recognition for Sustained Excellence (2016), and ASNT’s Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture (2020).