Expanding Perspectives

When you read this we will have completed our Spring Research Symposium and hopefully connected with many of you. Our new Board of Directors met in January and will have met again during the Symposium. It’s always exciting and invigorating to begin work with a new Board, to expand our current initiatives and develop new perspectives on how we can both expand the reach and visibility of ASNT and enhance our impact on addressing our mission. As all of you most assuredly know, that mission states, ASNT exists to create a safer world by advancing scientific, engineering, and technical knowledge in the field of nondestructive testing.

Everything we do should be focused on that primary endeavor, for that is what we are about. So to that end, once again we held our STEM activity in Jacksonville for over 150 students. We were limited by the size of the venue, or we clearly could have served more students. Begun approximately two years ago, this activity has now touched almost 1,000 young people and perhaps captured the attention of the next leaders for both our society and the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry in general. This is an activity that we are particularly proud of as it really helps to introduce young people to what NDT is all about and is arguably the best way to ensure our future. This goes hand in hand with our engagement in the

USA Science and Engineering Festival held biennially in Washington, DC, and our continuing efforts and engagement with many community colleges and high school programs in NDT.

I have written in previous updates of our unwavering commitment to education, and particularly to creating awareness of ASNT and through that to the field of NDT. Our public awareness is seen daily in our engagement on social media on sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and ASNT Community. I would encourage you to both visit these sites and “like” our pages. It also includes work with various school districts and organizations that may be directly engaged in NDT or might be just peripherally connected.

We are expanding our outreach and engagement with not just our sister societies, but with various foreign government agencies such as Natural Resources Canada, and organizations that both touch and are affected by NDT. These would include the American Welding Society (AWS), NACE International, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Petroleum Institute (API) to name a few. Look for more information in upcoming updates about how this engagement will directly affect our society and you as a member in enhanced services, activities on a local, national and international level, and a better perspective on addressing our mission.

Our certification examinations have now completed the transition to computer-based testing and have been rolled out worldwide. This new methodology offers many significant benefits including the ability to take these exams when it is convenient for the examinee at thousands of locations worldwide and after completion receiving immediate notification of the results. The very bedrock of any certification process is the security of the examination and related process. Absent that, the validity and worth of the exam come into question. With this new platform the security of our examinations has been significantly enhanced which is of great import to all of our certificate holders worldwide. With approximately 48% of our members living in countries other than the United States, this takes on great significance and import. We are also now offering these online examinations at our Center for Excellence (CFE) in Dublin, Ohio, so when members take refresher classes they have the ability to take the appropriate exams in the same location at the same time. We will be adding other training opportunities at the CFE in the coming months.

In next month’s update I will be discussing activities from the Spring Research Symposium and several exciting initiatives that will be presented to the Board. As always, we look forward to hearing from all of you and remember, this is your society, so please become engaged and let us know how we can better serve you in the future.