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ASNT Foundation Established to Expand Research and Scholarship in Nondestructive Testing

27 September 2023

(Columbus, OH) The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) announces the creation of the ASNT Foundation and the appointment of the board of trustees. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the ASNT Foundation serves as a vehicle for individuals and organizations to give back to the nondestructive testing (NDT) community by supporting its targeted priorities or by creating funds dedicated to fulfilling their specific interests in NDT.  

The foundation will leverage resources to nurture future generations of NDT professionals. By engaging in outreach, conducting research, and providing financial support through scholarships and grants, the foundation aims to inspire, recruit, and cultivate a more extensive and skilled workforce for the NDT industry. 

“The announcement is the culmination of more than two years of preparation and hard work, and I am pleased to have Heather Cowles, CAE, CVA, serving as executive director of the ASNT Foundation,” said Neal J. Couture, CAE, ASNT Executive Director. “Heather brings years of association management experience and passion for ASNT members and the NDT industry to this position. I am excited to see the ASNT Foundation grow and succeed under Heather’s leadership.” 

The foundation’s board of trustees was selected to represent a diverse cross-section of the NDT industry. The officers and members of the board of trustees are:

  • John Iman, Varex Imaging | NDT Solutions, President
  • Danny Keck, Vice President
  • Brad Pence, American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Treasurer
  • Lisa Brasche, Pratt & Whitney
  • David Campbell, Campbell Holdings LLC
  • Martin Graen, AMETEK Power Instruments
  • Megan McGovern, General Motors
  • Marybeth Miceli, C.Eng., Miceli Infrastructure Consulting
  • Jason Riggs, Marmon Rail
  • Neal J. Couture, CAE, ASNT Executive Director
  • Heather Cowles, CAE, CVA, ASNT Foundation Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of Trustees 

ASNT has provided initial funding and support for the ASNT Foundation. The ASNT Foundation will operate independently of ASNT. 

About the ASNT Foundation 

Established in 2022, the ASNT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. As a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, we rely on the generosity of our industry partners and individuals who understand the importance of nondestructive testing (NDT) and its role in creating a safer world, to support current and future generations of NDT programs through scholarships, grants, research, and workforce development. 

About ASNT   

ASNT is the association for nondestructive testing (NDT) professionals committed to making the world a safer place. NDT professionals detect irregularities, flaws, and defects in materials, components, and structures that could compromise the safety, reliability, or functionality of an object or structure. Established in 1941, ASNT supports members with certifications, professional development, industry insights, advocacy, events, publications, and networking opportunities and is focused on fostering the growth of future generations of NDT professionals through the ASNT Foundation. Serving more than 22 000 members and certificate holders worldwide, ASNT is the largest technical society for NDT professionals. ASNT is based in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in Houston, Texas, and Chennai, India.     

For press inquiries, please email hcowles@asnt.org.    

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