Name R. Bruce Thompson, Director Contact Information
Center for Nondestructive Evaluation 115 Applied Sciences Complex II 1915 Scholl Road Ames, IA 50011-3042 515-294-7864 515-294-7771 FAX

CNDE Responsibilities
Bruce Thompson is the Director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Director of the Ames Laboratory Applied NDE Program, and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. He received his B.A. in Physics from Rice University (1964), his M.S. in Physics from Stanford University (1965) and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University (1971). From 1970 to 1980 he served as a member of the technical staff and Group leader of Ultrasonic Applications at the Rockwell International Center before coming to Iowa State University. Thompson's research interests fall in the area of ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation. Specialties include the analysis and development of noncontact sensors, in particular electromagnetic acoustic transducers, modeling the effects of measurement geometry on ultrasonic inspection, studying the uses of ultrasound to characterize a variety of microstructural and material properties such as stress, texture, porosity, grain size, and anisotropy and partially contacting interfaces, and uses of physics-based simulation tools to assist in the determination of probability of detection. Thompson is the author of 6 major invited review articles in the field of nondestructive evaluation, over 90 articles in archival journals and over 323 papers in edited conference proceedings. He has been awarded 24 U.S. patents and presently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation.
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