Our industry-leading NDT roundtable will cover the latest technology for the use of NDT with aerospace composites, including guidance and advice on the use of new technology in testing workflows.

Now an established part of aircraft, manufacturers nevertheless require the best and most advanced NDT to verify that composite materials are defect free and capable of meeting the demands of a flight environment. Meanwhile, airlines and operators require ever-more efficient and effective tools and techniques to detect and analyse composites in aircraft structures.

Combined with continued innovations in manufacturing methods and the composite materials themselves, the challenges for engineers and technicians conducting NDT are numerous and evolving. However, these challenges can be met with the help of the latest NDT technologies and tools, such as x-ray and CT digital imaging, AI, machine learning, and robotics.

Using real-world examples and case studies, our panel of experts from across the sector will explain how existing NDT-professionals can expand their knowledge and capabilities and provide an introduction to those new to the profession.

Discussion will be focused on advancing NDT for the benefit of the whole testing community, sharing problems and solutions, technical knowledge and best management practices for attendees.
Thu, Feb 18, 2021 · 4:00 PM London (GMT 0:00)
Roger Engelbart
American Society of NDT (ASNT)
Roger Engelbart began his 47-year nondestructive testing (NDT) career as a radiographic technician in the aerospace industry. He holds a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and an M.S. in mechanical engineering/materials science from Washington University in St. Louis. Roger is recently retired from Boeing Research & Technology-St. Louis, where he was an Associate Technical Fellow in nondestructive evaluation, focusing on the development of inspection methods for aircraft advanced materials and structures. He holds more than 50 U.S. and international patents in NDT technology. Roger has been a member of ASNT for more than 30 years; he holds NDT Level III certifications in five methods and is a Past President and Chair of the Board of ASNT.
Prof Robert A Smith
British Institute of NDT (BINDT)
Robert Smith is Professor of NDT and High Value Manufacturing at the University of Bristol. He studied at the University of Cambridge and Kings College, London, and gained a PhD at the University of Nottingham. His ultrasonics research career started at the National Physical Laboratory, moving through RAE Farnborough, QinetiQ and then the University of Bristol in 2013. He has authored over 130 publications, five of which were awarded medals by the British Institute of NDT of which he is an Honorary Fellow and a Past President. He became the Director of the UK Research Centre in NDE (RCNDE) in 2018.
Dave Seto
NDT Management Association (NDTMA)
Dave Seto is the Business Development Manager for UTEX Scientific Instruments, based in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. During his career with UTEX, Dave has designed novel ultrasonic probes, engineered automated scanning systems, and has developed customized software for automating inspections in the metals production, aerospace, and nuclear power generation industries. Dave has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He enjoys riding bicycles almost as much as automating NDE systems.
Ben Sampson
Editor, Aerospace Testing International
Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering almost all aspects of technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before eventually becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.