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August 23, 2004

Cowley's NDT program highlighted in August trade publication


The Nondestructive Testing program at Cowley County Community College is the subject of a two-page story in the August issue of Materials Evaluation, an official journal of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

Cowley’s NDT program, entering its 13th year, is featured along with stories on the development of an undergraduate class and the doctoral program at the College of William & Mary.

Bruce Crouse, chairman of Cowley’s Industrial Technology Department and the college’s NDT instructor, compiled the information and wrote the two-page story titled “The NDT Program at Cowley County Community College.”

The story begins with some background on the college and how its technical education has changed throughout the last four decades. Crouse then outlined the NDT program, from its inception to present day.

“I was approached earlier this year about doing a story on the college and our NDT program,” Crouse said. “Materials Evaluation just recently started focusing more on community colleges involved in NDT.”

Crouse said he was pleased with the story, which included three photographs.

“This has provided us some exposure that has already paid off,” Crouse said. “I’ve been approached by e-mail from a company on the East Coast that would like to do internships with our students.”

Crouse said that would be a valuable addition to Cowley’s program.

The August issue of Materials Evaluation includes three other features on education and training in nondestructive testing. Materials Evaluation, with a subscriber list of between 10,000 and 12,000, is an archival journal in nondestructive testing, evaluation, and inspection. The journal’s technical articles are referred by experts in their fields. It is published monthly by the ASNT.

Crouse also was named in a story titled “NDT in the Heartland—An Aerospace Perspective.” The meeting, held May 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, was sponsored by the Air Capital Section of ASNT. At the meeting, Crouse discussed the role of an advisory council in establishing course curricula for NDT educational institutions, and he talked about how Cowley developed a computer simulation program for students using x-ray in the radiography unit.

One of Crouse’s former students, Greg Hall, provided a topical overview of laser shearography of composite structures. Hall, who works at Cessna, studied NDT under Crouse in the early to mid-1990s.