Nondestructive Direction – New Center Director, Continued National Leadership

Reza Zoughi, a research and teaching leader in nondestructive evaluation, has joined Iowa State University as the director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and the Kirby Gray (Battelle) Chair in Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Zoughi, a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, has published more than 640 journal papers, conference proceedings and technical reports as well as a book titled “Microwave Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Principles.” He is also credited with 18 U.S. patents, with several issued internationally.

Prior to joining Iowa State, Zoughi was with the Missouri University of Science and Technology (previously Missouri-Rolla) as the Schlumberger Distinguished Professor and director of the Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory.

Under his leadership, the laboratory became well

known for its excellence in microwave and millimeter wave nondestructive testing and evaluation.

Zoughi will now lend his NDE expertise to Iowa State’s U.S.-leading Center for Nondestructive Evaluation.

“I’m excited to be leading the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation’s longtime mission: actively promoting and guiding the future of the NDE discipline; discovering and translating new science to the NDE discipline; developing innovative NDE technologies and transitioning them to the NDE community; educating NDE experts and scientists; and addressing broader global NDE needs.

“CNDE is unique in that it is the only entity of its kind in the U.S. As such, CNDE’s role and importance in preserving the health, functionality and safety of our nation’s aerospace, space, transportation and civil infrastructure must become and remain a national priority,” said Zoughi.