San Antonio -- Jan. 27, 2010 -- Dr. Glenn M. Light, director of the Sensor Systems and NDE Technology Department in Southwest Research Institute's Mechanical Engineering Division, has been selected by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Research Council to receive its 2010 Research Award for Sustained Excellence.
The award recognizes "outstanding sustained contributions in the nondestructive testing/nondestructive engineering research field." ASNT gives only one Sustained Excellence Award each year.
Light, who joined the SwRI staff in 1978, specializes in developing sensors, systems and techniques for the nondestructive evaluation of materials and structures. He has applied these efforts to metals, composites and ceramics. His expertise includes ultrasonic technology and transducer design, eddy current probe design, digital radiography, computed tomography, infrared thermography and shearography.
Currently, Light is focusing on developing structural health monitoring systems using magnetostrictive sensor ultrasonic guided wave technology and conventional ultrasonic technology with wireless communication.
Light has been a member of ASNT since 1979 and has been involved in a number of the society's activities including serving as chair of the ASNT Research Council from 2004 to 2006. He was named an ASNT Fellow in 2001. He also is recognized internationally for his activities for the American Society of Metals, serving as chair of the 11th and 12th International Conferences on NDE in the Nuclear Pressure Vessel Industries, program chair of the 13th International Conference and co-chair of the 14th International Conference.
Light holds 15 U.S. patents and has authored more than 140 papers and presentations on NDE-related topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from McMurry College, and a master's degree and doctorate in atomic and nuclear physics from the University of North Texas. Light also teaches graduate courses in NDE technology at The University of Texas at San Antonio.