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Expert in Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation; Machine and Structural Design

Expert ID: 722203 Illinois, USA

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Expert has been at (Undisclosed) where he currently is a professor in the Department of General Engineering. Expert is also Director of the Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Research Laboratory. The Laboratory supports research work in ultrasonics (immersion, air-coupled, and water-squirt), laser-driven-ultrasonics and interferometry, acoustic emission, acousto-ultrasonics, impact-echo, spectral analysis of surface waves, microfocus radioscopy, electromagnetics, eddy currents, and holography.

He has taught courses in structural design, machine component design, and in nondestructive testing and evaluation of materials and structures. He places special emphasis in the evaluation of damage during the complete life cycle of components. Towards that end, he emphasizes "design for inspectability" and "manufacturing process control" using acoustics (including acoustic emission), ultrasonics, acousto-ultrasonics, radiography, electromagnetic methods (including eddy currents, and magnetic particle inspection), liquid penetrant, and visual methods of inspection.

Expert has continuously taught design-related courses over the last 20 years. He has taught courses in solid mechanics, structures, plates and shells, dynamics, mechanical and structural design, CADD (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting), and Fundamentals of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation. Over the last 20 years, the expert has guided teams of students to address industry-sponsored structural and mechanical design problems. His students were bestowed eighteen awards from the National James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Design Competition. He also established a course in nondestructive testing and evaluation to foster the integration the principles of nondestructive testing with mechanical and structural design principles.

Nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) involves analytical and computational methods as well as the use of physical principles to measure and evaluate the fitness for service of materials and structures without impairing their usefulness or serviceability. Expert has the opinion that the implementation of this technology during design, manufacturing and construction processes promotes quality, assures reliability, enhances confidence, and improves product safety. Although nondestructive testing and evaluation techniques have been traditionally used almost exclusively for detection of macroscopic defects (mostly cracks) in structural components after they have been in service, it has become increasingly evident that it is both practical and cost effective to expand the role of nondestructive evaluation to include all aspects of materials production and application and to introduce it much earlier in the manufacturing and construction cycle. Expert has developed and perfected techniques which are capable of monitoring and controlling materials production processes, manufacturing and construction processes, and the amount and rate of degradation during the materials in-service life.

Expert has developed several nondestructive testing methods including methods to evaluate adhesive bond strength at the bond-line between similar or different materials, porosity in composite materials, damage in steel-reinforced radial truck tires, material properties characterization in dimension stone cladding, and asphalt concrete. He has also used these methodologies to evaluate different materials and structures including wood composites, laminated safety glass, fiber reinforced composite materials, and steel-reinforced radial truck tires. He also developed a methodology to design asphalt concrete mixtures to maximize the contribution to noise abatement from the pavement itself.

Expert has taught courses in materials testing and experimental stress analysis for the last 14 years. His main research areas are in the development of advanced sensors, on-line process control and materials characterization, life-cycle management of materials and structures, and artificial intelligence towards application in signal analysis and imaging processing. He places special emphasis on the development and optimization of those nondestructive evaluation techniques which lend themselves to intelligent manufacturing and construction processes. Expert also has research interests in the areas of quality control inspection methods in manufacturing processing, mechanics of composite materials, design of composite structures, and design for inspectability.

In addition to appreciating the advantages of statistical quality control methods, he has the opinion that development and implementation of real-time on-line process control methods in manufacturing and construction processes improves product quality, safety, and reliability. Based upon nondestructive testing and evaluation principles, Expert has developed on-line quality control methods, including quality control for cold-heading manufacturing processes, to assure that all parts are within specified design tolerances.

Expert has reviewed manuscripts and/or proposals to many organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.He has served as a consultant to many companies, including Sundstrand Aviation, Kraft, Chicago Extruded Metals, Eaton, and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. Expert has had between one and three undergraduate students often enrolled under a special projects course working at the Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Research Laboratory under his direction. Expert founded the Float'n Illini, a team of students from different departments with a common goal of running scientific experiments in reduced gravity. He founded and advised the group for a three-year period of participation in the NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. The students brainstorm to generate technical problems in need of solution, select the most important problems, write technical proposals that are submitted to NASA, seek funds from outside sponsors, spend two weeks at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and fly in the KC-135 plane (also called the "vomit comic"), and write technical reports, which are then submitted to NASA. In the first year, the Float'n Illini had seven students and one project accepted by NASA; during the second year, the student team had seventeen students and had two projects accepted by NASA. During the second year, the Float'n Illini team was bestowed the Pioneer Award for Education by the National Space Society. This award is one of the top Society awards given to that individual or organization that has done significant work in bringing space into the classroom and thereby spark a new generation to set its sights high. During the third year thirteen students participated in the program.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Peoria, Illinois - Springfield, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Decatur, Illinois - Champaign, Illinois - Bloomington, Illinois - Terre Haute, Indiana - Lafayette, Indiana

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Year: 1975 Degree: M.S. Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technoogy
Year: 1972 Degree: Licenciatura Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Universidade de Luanda, Angola

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Department of General Engineering Responsibilities: Expert teaches, conducts research and public service in the areas of design and nondestructive testing and evaluation of materials and structures.
Years: 1987 to 2001 Employer: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Title: Associate Professor Department: Department of General Engineering Responsibilities: He taught, conducted research and public service in the areas of design, and non-destructive testing and evaluation of materials and structures.
Years: 1980 to 1987 Employer: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Title: Assistant Professor Department: Department of General Engineering Responsibilities: Expert taught, conducted research and public service in the areas of design, design with composite materials, composite shaft dynamics, and nondestructive testing.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert belongs to the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Acoustic Emission Working Group (AEWG), the British Institute for Nondestructive Testing (BINDT), and ASTM.
Professional Appointments
He has served as a member of the ASNT Board of Directors, ASNT Executive Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair of the ASNT Research Council, and as the Chair of the ASNT University Programs Committee. He also represented ASNT at the ABET Board of Directors. He is a Fellow for ASNT, BINDT, and AEWG.
Awards / Recognition
Expert has been a member of and chaired a number of ASNT awards committees. Additionally, students at UIUC under his direction have received fifteen awards - One Gold, one First, one Silver, one Fourth, and eleven Merit Awards in the National Lincoln Arc Welding Design Competition for their industrial sponsored senior design projects. Three of his graduate students received the William A. Chittenden Award for the best thesis submitted during the corresponding academic year in the Department of General Engineering.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 100 technical articles and reports in the area of nondestructive testing and evaluation. He initiated and serves as a co-editor of a series of special volumes for the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert has organized several conferences and workshops in nondestructive testing.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience in locating vendors of nondestructive testing and evaluation equipment and supplies. He has access to extensive personal contacts to aid in vendor selection.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Portuguese Expert is fluent in Portuguese.

Fields of Expertise

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