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Light named director of SwRI's NDE Engineering Applications Department

San Antonio, Texas -- October 9, 1997 -- Dr. Glenn M. Light has been named director of NDE Engineering Applications in the Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Science and Technology Division at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®). He was previously an Institute scientist in the same division.

Light specializes in developing sensors, systems, and NDE techniques for various materials and structures, and is experienced in ultrasonics, eddy current, digital radiography, computer tomography, infrared thermography, and shearography.

His most recent work concerns developing computerized tomography for inspecting high strength jet engine turbine blades. In other work, he successfully applied NDE methods in the field for nuclear-plant fuel pins, pressure vessel studs and bolts, pump shafts, and turbine disks using phased-array technology. For the U.S. Navy, he developed a gamma-ray induced, X-ray fluorescent penetrant technique to evaluate impact damage to rocket motor cases. He also developed for the U.S. Air Force the first retirement-for-cause NDE system designed to inspect F-100 engine components using ultrasonic and eddy current testing technology. As director of NDE Engineering Applications, Light will be responsible for leading a group that will apply NDE sensor technology to a wide range of industrial needs from specialized material and structure evaluation to process monitoring.

The author of more than 60 published papers in the technical literature on NDE- related topics, Light has been awarded seven U.S. patents and has two patents pending. Light holds a bachelor's degree in physics from McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, and a master's degree and doctorate in atomic and nuclear physics from the University of North Texas.

He is a member of the American Physical Society, Atomic Physics Section; Sigma Pi Sigma; and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

For more information about Dr. Glenn M. Light, contact Deborah Deffenbaugh, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-2046, Fax (210) 522-3547.

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