Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Research Laboratory

Henrique L.M. dos Reis, Director

Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E) is one of the most rapidly emerging areas of research and development within the manufacturing and construction sectors. To a large extent, this strong interest in NDT&E is in response to needs for better quality assurance in both materials and structures, for monitoring manufacturing and construction processes, and for operation and life extension of industrial plants.

The mission of the Laboratory is to develop novel methods of nondestructive testing and evaluation in collaboration/partnership with industry and to provide an environment to our students that fosters intellectual growth. This program is project oriented to serve the research and development needs of industry; as a consequence, industry participation is very welcome and strongly encouraged.

The number of projects and the quality of the graduate students working in the NDT&E Laboratory is an indication of its recent growth. Starting from humble beginnings, this Laboratory was developed by purchasing used and reconditioned equipment and negotiating vendor gifts and deep discounts. Currently, this Laboratory houses over $650,000 of equipment and is already one of the best equipped laboratories in nondestructive testing and evaluation in the country.

This is our first newsletter to inform you of current Laboratory activities, of its mission and partnership with industry, and where we would like to be in the near future. We will keep you informed of future activities. Please let us know if you would like to find out which alums are currently working in NDT&E.

We need your support. Industry participation and collaboration is vital to provide our students with real world experience in research and development projects. If you would like to participate/contribute in the development of this Laboratory, do not hesitate to call at (217) 333-1228. With your support, this Laboratory will be the leading Laboratory in the area of nondestructive testing and evaluation in the very near future.

Henrique Reis