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ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University physics alumnus Dr. Glenn Light will speak on “The Physics and Engineering of Nondestructive Evaluation Technology” at noon Friday, October 28, in the Finch-Gray Science Building room S105. The McMurry University Physics Department and the McMurry Chapter of the Society of Physics Students are sponsoring the event.

Dr. Light is the director of the Department of Sensor Systems and Nondestructive Evaluation Technology in Mechanical and Materials Engineering Division of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Light received B.S. degree in Physics from McMurry College in 1972, M.S. degree in Atomic and Nuclear Physics from University of North Texas in 1974 and Ph.D. in Atomic and Nuclear Physics from University of North Texas in 1978. For several decades in Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Dr. Light has developed sensors, systems, and new techniques for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of materials and structures. He has applied these efforts to metals, composites, and ceramics. His expertise includes ultrasonic inspection (UT) technology and trans¬ducer design, eddy current (ET) probe design, digital radiography, computed tomog¬raphy, infrared thermography, and shearography. He is internationally recognized for his activities in the American Society of Metals (ASM). He has over 110 papers and presentations on NDE-related topics.

Prior to joining SwRI, Dr. Light worked in atomic and nuclear physics, concentrating on experimentation in L-shell and K-shell X-ray production cross sections using ion bombardment. He also was involved with photo-optical, electro-optical, and nuclear instrumentation systems. He has been awarded 14 patents: a pulse-echo, ultra¬sonic squirter; a pump-shaft inspection system; a sound transducer apparatus system and method; an X-ray fluorescence test of laminate structures; a UT transducer for extreme environments; embodiment of a variable-angle RFC ET probe; gas-coupled ultrasonics for gas pipeline inspection; the use of a priori CAD/CAM data to develop computed-tomography scan plans; a charged particle battery based on secondary Beta ray emissions; and method and apparatus for short-term inspection and long-term structural health monitoring.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tikhon V. Bykov, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physics at 325.793.4875.