Udaya B. Halabe, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University, was recently selected as a Fellow by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. The award is given to members of the society who “have demonstrated outstanding professional distinction and have made continued significant contributions to the advancement of NDT in areas such as management, engineering, science, education, administration or planning.”

Halabe joined the faculty at WVU in 1990 after earning both his master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering and a master’s in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a recognized expert in the field of nondestructive testing of civil infrastructure, which is defined as testing of an object or component without destroying it or impairing its future usefulness.

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from an esteemed society such as ASNT,” said Halabe. “This is a validation of years of hard work and expertise developed in the area of nondestructive testing. I would like to continue to share my knowledge in this area with my students for many years to come.”

Halabe has numerous publications to his credit in the area of nondestructive evaluation of timber, steel, concrete and composite structural components. His expertise includes the use of several nondestructive techniques, including ultrasonics, ground penetrating radar, infrared thermography and vibration-based technologies.

The recipient of numerous awards, Halabe won Departmental teaching excellence awards at WVU and was named the Benjamin M. Statler College’s Outstanding Teacher in 2010. In 2012, he received the Chi Epsilon National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award.

Halabe is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a member of both Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honorary societies.

No more than 15 Fellows are selected by ASNT in any one calendar year. Candidates must have at least 15 years of professional NDT experience and 10 continuous years of ASNT membership in order to be considered.



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