Meet the Editors of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation

Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation hosts a diverse and experienced Editorial Board. We've invited them to introduce themselves.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Meyendorf

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Until retirement in summer 2018 Dr. Norbert Meyendorf was professor in the Aerospace Engineering program at the Iowa State University and deputy director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation in Ames, Iowa.

Before moving to Ames he was department head and branch director at the Fraunhofer institute for Nondestructive Testing in Germany for more than 20 years and Professor at the University of Dayton, Ohio and the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany for more than 10 years. He has edited several books, is author or coauthor of numerous journal articles and is editor in chief of the Journal of NDE published by Springer. He was chair of the SPIE symposium Smart Structures and NDE for 4 years and since 2001 every year chair of co-chair of a conference within this symposium.

He still continues to teach as adjunct Faculty at Iowa State University, the University of Dayton and the University Dresden, Germany

He is member of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, the German Society for Nondestructive Testing and Fellow of SPIE.


Dr. Majd Abdelqader

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Dr. Majd Abdelqader is an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. He received his B.Sc. degree in Physics and Mathematics in 2005 from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, his M.Sc. degree in Physics in 2007 from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. degree in Physics in 2013 from Queen's University in Canada. He was the receipt of a Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017) hosted by Bombardier Transportation Inc. His early research was in theoretical gravitational physics and general relativity, and later expanded his research interests to include electromagnetic modeling and development of electrical machines and non-destructive evaluation devices.


Prof. Leonard J. Bond

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Prof. Bond is an expert in ultrasonics, particularly measurements in harsh environments and more widely for many non-conventional NDE applications. He has worked in industry, national laboratories and academia. He holds a PhD in Physics from the City University, London (1978) for an investigation of Rayleigh wave interactions with surface defects. He has held various positions including at University College London, where he progressed from lecturer to Reader in Ultrasonics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Research Professor and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he was a Laboratory Fellow. While with PNNL he had a two year special assignment at the Idaho National Laboratory, as founding Director of the Center for  Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). He moved to ISU in 2012 where he served as the Director of the Center for NDE until  2018. He returned to the faculty and remains a professor of both aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering . He is now focusing on teaching and researching in ultrasound and NDE. He is coordinator of the ISU Minor in NDE. His expertise was recognizes in 2019 by Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), who appointed him as an honorary professor. 

He is co-author of the book "Ultrasonics" (CRC, 2011) and co-editor of the 2018 Metals Handbook, Vol 17 (ASM). He has published more than 80 peer journal papers and 18 book chapters, and presented numerous conference papers. He is a Fellow, UK Institute of Physics and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Senior Member, IEEE. He was an IEEE Region Director and Board Member 09-10.


Prof. Nathan Ida

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Nathan Ida is currently Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio where he has been since 1985. His current research interests are in the areas of electromagnetic nondestructive testing and evaluation of materials at low and microwave frequencies with particular emphasis on theoretical issues, on all aspects of modeling and simulation and on related issues stemming from research in NDE. Starting with modeling of eddy current and remote field phenomena, and continuing with high frequency methods for microwave NDE, his work now encompasses the broad aspects of computational electromagnetics where he has contributed to both understanding of the interaction of electromagnetic fields with materials and to the development of new methods and tools for numerical modeling and simulation for, and beyond, NDE. Other areas of current interest include electromagnetic wave propagation, theoretical issues in computation, as well as in communications and sensing, especially in low power remote control and wireless sensing. Dr. Ida has published extensively on electromagnetic field computation, parallel and vector algorithms and computation, nondestructive testing of materials, surface impedance boundary conditions, sensing and others, in over 400 publications. He has written 9 books, two on computation of electromagnetic fields (one in its second edition) one on modeling for nondestructive testing, one on nondestructive testing with microwaves, a textbook on engineering electromagnetics, now in its fourth edition, a textbook on sensing and actuation (now in its second edition) a book on the use of surface impedance boundary conditions and others including on ground penetrating radar and industrial sensing based on microwaves. Dr. Ida is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), a Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Technology (IET). Dr. Ida teaches Electromagnetics, Antenna Theory, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Sensing and Actuation as well as Computational Methods and Algorithms.

Dr. Ida received his B.Sc. in 1977 and M.S.E.E. in 1979 from the Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1983.


Prof. Johann Kastner

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Prof. Johann Kastner is the head of CT-Research Group and Vice-President for R&D at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Wels/Austria.

He is Author and Co-author of more than 220 scientific publications and several Bookchapters (H-index: 27 Google Scholar, H-index: 21 SCOPUS) and publisher of more than 19 Proceedings

Kastner is also the Organizer and Chair of the conference series on Industrial Computed Tomography 2006-2020 (  and

Area of expertise:  X-ray Computed Tomography, radiography and materials science


Dr. Bernd Köhler

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Bernd Köhler studied physics at the Technical University of Dresden, where he also received his doctorate in theoretical physics and habilitated in electrical engineering. He worked at the Nuclear Research Institute Rossendorf near Dresden in the field of NDT for nuclear power plants. Since 1992 he is working at Fraunhofer IZFP/IKTS. His research interests include methods for NDE and structural health monitoring with a focus on innovative methods and techniques combining different interaction phenomena. He was Editor-in-Chief for the Elsevier Journal "Case studies in NDTE" from 2013 to 2017. He received the research award (Berthold-Prize) of the German Society for NDT, published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds several patents.


Dr. Thomas W. Krause

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Thomas W. Krause received a B.Sc. degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1987, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Solid State Physics from McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He was with the Applied Magnetics Group at Queen’s University, Kingston from 1992 to 1996 as a Post Doctoral fellow. In 1996, he took a position as Physicist with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River, ON, developing non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technology for the nuclear industry, and in 2006 he accepted a position at Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) as an Associate Professor. In 2008 he became a Full Professor at RMC. He has 28 years of research and development experience on advanced NDE technology with a focus on electromagnetic NDE using pulsed eddy current, eddy current and magnetic Barkhausen noise.


Dr. Claudia Kropas-Hughes

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Claudia Kropas-Hughes is an electronic engineer with a PhD from the Air Force Institute of Technology. She is currently retired from the US Air Force after 30 years of civilian service which included almost 20 years at the Air Force Research Laboratory in the Nondestructive Evaluation Research Branch.  During her time at the lab, Dr Kropas-Hughes was responsible for examining nondestructive techniques and methodologies to develop computational methods for image processing and signal analysis as well as modelling and optimization.  She is active in ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing, as an X-ray and Computed Tomography specialist, and is Professional Program Chair and Penetrating Radiation Committee member for ASNT.


Prof. Kathryn Matlack

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Prof. Kathryn Matlack is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  She received her B.S. from MIT in 2008 and her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2014.  She was an ETH Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich from 2014 - 2016, before joining the University of Illinois in 2017.  Her research spans the fields of nonlinear ultrasonics, ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation, phononic materials, mechanical metamaterials, and additive manufacturing. She is a recipient of both the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Army Research Office Young Investigator Program awards. She is also an associate editor for Wave Motion.


Dr. Kazuyuki Nakahata

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Kazuyuki Nakahata graduated with an MA and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Tohoku University in Japan. He took a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2003 then moved to Ehime University, where he started as an assistant professor. Since 2004, he has been at Ehime University, where he was appointed professor of Applied Mechanics in Graduate School of Engineering in 2016. Kaz’s research explores two main themes. He studies ultrasonic inverse analyses for flaw imaging with a specific interest in phased array transducer. The second theme focuses on modeling and simulation of ultrasonic propagation based on the integration of high-performance computation. Kaz is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Japanese Society of Non-Destructive Inspection (JSNDI) and the Journal of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE).


Dr. Ernst Niederleithinger

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Ernst Niederleithinger is a geophysicist with a diploma from TU Berlin, a PhD from University of Potsdam and a habilitation degree from RWTH Aachen university. After 11 years  at a geophysical consultancy specializing on near surface investigation he joined BAM, the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, in 2001. He serves as the head of division “NDT methods for civil engineering”. His expertise includes seismic, sonic and ultrasonic methods as well as NDT and SHM in civil engineering in general.  He teaches “Engineering Geophysics” at RWTH Aachen university.  At DGZfP, the German Society for NDT, he serves as co-chair of the committee “NDT in civil engineering” and as chair of the newly founded working group “NDT 4.0 in civil engineering”. He is member of DGZfP, DGG, SEG, EAEG and ASTM.


Prof. John Popovics

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John S. Popovics is a Professor, Associate Head, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois. He has also been recognized as a Caterpillar Faculty Scholar.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on materials science and engineering, non-destructive evaluation, construction material corrosion and durability, concrete technology, wave propagation, and mathematics. His primary research interests are non-destructive evaluation, imaging and sensing to assess the condition of infrastructure materials and structures. His research findings have been published in five chapters in books and eighty articles in refereed technical journals. He received the NSF CAREER award in 1999, the ASNT Fellowship Award in 2012, and the ASNT Faculty Award in 2014. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and he is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Prof. Gongtian Shen

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Prof. Gongtian Shen is the vice president of the China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute (CSEI), president of Chinese Society for NDT (ChSNDT), honorary president of International Society on Acoustic Emission (ISAE), chairman of Acoustic Emission Testing Sub-committee of Nondestructive Testing Technical Committee of International Organization for Standardization (ISO/TC135/SC9), President of Chinese Standardization Technical Committee for NDT (SAC/TC56).

He is also the Organizer and Chair of the World Conference series on Acoustic Emission (WCAE 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021) and the Third World Congress on Condition Monitoring (WCCM 2021, Beijing, China).

He has long been engaged in the research of pressure equipment, crane, amusement ride and passenger ropeway quality testing, operational safety monitoring and evaluation, instrument development and engineering applications. He has presided over more than 20 national scientific research projects, won 3 China science and technology progress awards, developed 6 international (ISO) standards, 55 national and industrial standards. He is Author and Co-author of more than 200 scientific papers, 3 books and Chief Editor of 9 Proceedings.

Area of expertise: Acoustic emission, Infrared testing, Electromagnetic testing.


Prof. Xianming Shi

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Prof. Xianming Shi is the Founding Director of the USDOT National University Transportation Center, National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE) and a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, USA. He directs the Smart and Green Infrastructure Research Group at WSU. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for a Springer Nature Journal, Journal of Infrastructure Preservation & Resilience. Prof. Shi has more than 20 years of experience in conducting engineering and science research, with a demonstrated publication record (Google H-index: 39, citations >6,000), especially in the fields of sustainable materials and infrastructure preservation. Two of his projects won the AASHTO 2016 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project award and the AASHTO 2020 High Value Research award, resp. Dr. Shi was presented the Outstanding Researcher Award and Leon Luck Outstanding Faculty Award by the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2018. Two of his papers were the Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2012 & 2013). One of his papers was the Best Paper 2011-2012 by the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.

Area of expertise:  Corrosion and protection, electrochemical techniques, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, concrete durability, industrial engineering



Dr. Andreas Tewes

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Dr. Andreas Tewes was appointed Professor of applied mathematics at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin in 2015. After receiving his diploma in physics from the university in Essen in 1998, he was working in software development for almost three years. From 2001 to 2006 he worked as a research assistant at the Institut für Neuroinformatik in Bochum in the field of facial recognition. In 2006 he received his doctorate from the faculty of physics and astronomy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum for his thesis titled "A Flexible Object Model for Encoding and Matching human faces". After a short period as a Postdoc he moved to the automotive industry where he had worked for a german company for almost ten years.   

There he was engaged in developing camera- and radar-based driver assistance systems. Most recently he was in charge of program management for automated driving. He is a senior expert in computer vision and machine learning with 20+
years of experience in various fields of industry as well as academia. 

His particular interests include medical image processing, highly automated driving and non destructive evaluation among others. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation since May 2020.


Prof. Vladimir P. Vavilov

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Vladimir P. Vavilov is a professor at National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia. For years, he worked with scientists and researchers from many countries fostering international cooperation in the development of Thermal NDT techniques. He holds several patents and has numerous publications on the topic of TNDT. Vladimir is a member of the editorial boards of two international and four national research journals


Dr. Johannes Vrana

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Dr. Johannes Vrana, born in 1978, studied physics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, completed his diploma thesis in 2004 on atom-photon entanglement at the chair of Theodor Hänsch and his Ph.D. in 2008 on Thermographic Testing at the University of Saarland. He then worked for Siemens Power and Gas in Orlando, USA as well as in Berlin and Munich, Germany, and was responsible for all supplier-related NDE questions and was Chairman of the Siemens NDE Council. In addition to the worldwide harmonization of NDT specifications and the introduction of statistical tools, he was responsible for the development of automated NDT and SAFT. In 2015 he received an Honorable Mention for ingenuity at the U.S. Excellence Awards and in 2016 he received the 4th price for Ingenuity at the Werner von Siemens Awards. In 2015 he started his own company “Vrana GmbH” in Rimsting, Germany which specializes in NDE consulting and solutions, R&D, training, and software development. Moreover, he is chairman of the ICNDT (International Committee for NDT) Specialist International Group “NDE 4.0“, of the ASNT (American Society for NDT) German Section, and of the DGZfP (German Society for NDT) subcommittees “Interfaces and Documentation for NDE 4.0“ and “Automated Ultrasonic Testing “. In 2019 he was awarded the DGZfP application award for the implementation of SAFT into serial production of large rotor forgings.


Dr. Jinying Zhu

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Dr. Jinying Zhu is an associate Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her PhD degree in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include non-destructive evaluation techniques for civil infrastructure and materials, air-coupled sensing, nonlinear ultrasonic waves, and wave propagation theory. She received the ASNT Fellowship Award in 2012, and ACI-James Instruments Paper Award three times with advised graduate students.