2023 Fellowship Award Recipients

Michigan State University

Dr. Sunil Kishore Chakprani 

Dr. Sunil Kishore Chakprani - Faculty

Sunil Kishore Chakrapani, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his PhD and MS from Iowa State University majoring in engineering mechanics. He was then a Postdoc at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State. Chakrapani has over 17 years of experience in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) working at various labs across the world. His research interests include nonlinear and linear ultrasonics for nondestructive characterization. Chakrapani has been an ASNT member since 2012.

Yoganandh Madhuranthakam 

Yoganandh Madhuranthakam – Student

Yoganandh Madhuranthakam is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his MS from Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad, India, majoring in mechanical engineering. He worked as a system modeling engineer at Eaton India Innovation Center in Pune, India, with experience in automotive system level modeling for vibration and acoustic analysis. He is currently pursuing his PhD focusing on ultrasonic NDE, specifically nonlinear acoustics in inhomogeneous media.


Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Andrea Arguelles 

Dr. Andrea Arguelles - Faculty

Andrea P. Argüelles, PhD, is an assistant professor and Associate Head for Diversity and Inclusion in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at the Pennsylvania State University. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and received her doctorate degree in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. Prior to her academic appointment, Argüelles was a nondestructive testing (NDT) research lead at two small businesses with NDT innovation research thrusts. Her interests focus on wave propagation and scattering in heterogeneous media with applications in ultrasonic testing for materials characterization. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, 3M Company, Intel Corp., and the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics and the College of Engineering at Penn State. Argüelles was the recipient of the ASNT Student Travel Grant (2014, 2015, 2016), and Young NDT Professional Award (2021).

Lauren Katch 

Lauren Katch – Student

Lauren Katch received her BS in mechanical engineering and BS in engineering science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2020. Currently, Katch is a PhD candidate in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at the Pennsylvania State University. She is advised by Argüelles as part of the Argüelles Research Group. Her research focuses on wave propagation in complex media, defect detection, and beam focusing behavior. She is passionate about advancing ultrasonic techniques to improve NDE across many material types and length scales. She also received the ASNT Student Travel Grant to support her travel to the 2023 ASNT Research Symposium, where she presented talks titled “Defect Inspection in Phononic Crystals Using Semi-Analytical Approaches” and “Blind Defect Inspection of Silicon using High Frequency Shear Ultrasound.”


Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Dr. Tsuchin Philip Chu 

Dr. Tsuchin Philip Chu - Faculty

Tsuchin (Philip) Chu is professor of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Materials Engineering and the director of the Engineering Science PhD program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Chu has conducted research for over 40 years in areas such as NDE, additive manufacturing (AM), biomedical engineering, experimental mechanics, and composite materials.He is a pioneer of digital image correlation and is at the cutting edge of research in NDE and AM. He has more than 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings and over US$2.9 million in grants from NASA, Boeing, US Air Force and Navy, IBM, Aerospace Corp., and more. Chu had served on ASNT Board of Directors for two terms. He is a subject matter expert for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center NDE Technical Disciplinary Team. Chu is a co-founder of Clipius and ISAT LLC, both think-tank companies produce intellectual property in the areas of defense and aerospace.

Chu is an ASNT Fellow (class of 2019) and received multiple ASNT Faculty and Fellowship Grants. He is also the recipient of the ASNT Mentoring Award in 2014, Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture in 2019, and the ASNT Research Recognition for Sustained Excellence in 2023.

Connor Seavers 

Connor Seavers – Student

Connor Seavers is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering in 2019 and 2021, respectively. For his thesis research, which was partially supported by a 2019 ASNT Fellowship Award, Seavers focused on NDE of additively manufactured materials. While completing his master’s degree, Seavers was also able to gain experience as a NDE and AM intern at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Seavers currently plans to focus his PhD research on investigating applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning for automated processing and analysis of NDE. In the future, Seavers wishes to further contribute to research in NDE for additive manufacturing, especially toward applications for in-space manufacturing.


University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Piervincenzo Rizzo 

Dr. Piervincenzo Rizzo - Faculty

Piervincenzo Rizzo, PhD, ASNT Fellow (class of 2022), received his Laurea (MS equivalent) in aeronautical engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy in 1998. After serving in the Italian Army Corps of Engineering, Rizzo moved to the US where he received a master’s degree (2002) and a PhD (2004) in structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego. In September 2006 he became assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, associate professor with tenure in 2012, and full professor in 2018.

Rizzo’s research interests are in the area of NDT and structural health monitoring (SHM) using methods such as ultrasound, acoustic emission, solitary waves, and infrared thermography. His research has been supported by NSF, FRA, PennDOT, the National Academy of Sciences, and ASNT. Rizzo received the ASNT Faculty Grant Award (2007), Fellowship Research Award (2002, 2009, 2015, 2019, and 2020), Outstanding Paper Award (2013 and 2017), and Research Recognition for Innovation (2023). To date, he published 123 referred papers, 5 conference proceedings volumes, 8 book chapters, over 200 conference proceedings and reports, and 2 patents.

Alireza Enshaeian 

Alireza Enshaeian – Student

Alireza Enshaeian is a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, all from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. His research focuses on NDT, SHM, and data processing. Enshaeian’s contributions have been recognized through numerous awards and accolades. He received 2nd place for the best student paper award for his research paper presented at SPIE 2022. Additionally, he was honored as the Research Assistant of the Year 2023 in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Enshaeian has demonstrated exceptional academic performance, maintaining a perfect GPA of 4.00 throughout his PhD studies. He has published nine peer-reviewed journal papers and has also contributed to several conference proceedings.


University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Salvatore Salamone 

Dr. Salvatore Salamone - Faculty

Salvatore Salamone, PhD, is an associate professor, and holder of the Phil M. Ferguson Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Civil Engineering, in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, at University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Before joining UT, he was a faculty member at University at Buffalo, and a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Diego. Salamone’s current research interests include SHM, NDE, wave propagation in solids, digital signal processing, and pattern recognition. He has authored over 150 refereed journal and conference publications on SHM/NDE, as well as two patents. His research is sponsored by federal and state agencies, as well as industry, including, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Rail Administration, the Pipeline Hazard Management Safety Administration, National Institutes of Health, Texas Department of Transportation, ExxonMobil, and Chevron. He was the recipient of the 2022 SHM Person of the Year Award; ASNT’s Faculty Grant (2011), Outstanding Paper Award (2022), and Fellowship Award (2018); the Department Teaching Award (2019); and the Achenbach Medal (2014). He is serving in several technical committee including, the ASCE Structural Health Monitoring and Control, and ASME Ultrasonics for Mechanical Systems. Salamone serves as associate editor in several journals, including the Structural Health Monitoring and Journal of Bridge Engineering.

Guan-Wei Lee 

Guan-Wei Lee – Student

Guan-Wei Lee is a PhD student at University of Texas at Austin with Salamone’s research group. His background is in structural design and Lee was a structural engineer prior to joining UT Austin. His research focus on applications of helical guided ultrasonic waves for SHM and NDE on hollow cylindrical structures. Lee is currently interested in developing defect localization tools using machine learning approaches.