This Internet site was started by the Collaboration for Nondestructive Testing with three primary objectives in mind. These objectives are:
1. To serve as an educational resource for students and instructors of two-year NDT programs, and others with an interest in NDT technology.
2. To promotes NDT as a career field to students, teachers and counselors in junior and senior high schools, and to encourage students to study math and science in preparation for careers in high-technology fields, such as NDT.
3. To serve as a resource for review, reference and sharing of information by the NDT community at-large.
Contributions and suggestions for improvement are highly encouraged. It is hoped that the site will continue to grow and increase in value based on contributions and recommendations from academic and industry users. Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education through grant DUE 0101709. This site would also not be possible without the generous support of a number of academic and industrial sponsors. For more information on becoming a sponsor or to view a list of our current sponsors, please take the following link.
In 1996, four Midwest colleges (Cowley County, KS, Northeast Iowa, IA, Ridgewater, MN, and Southeast, NE) and Iowa State University joined to form the North Central Collaboration for Education in Nondestructive Testing. This collaboration was started as a National Science Foundation ATE program to enhance the quality of NDT technician education and strengthen the ties between these Midwest institutions. This program has successfully developed advanced teaching methods and new science-based materials at the junior/senior high school and community college levels.
A major part of the Collaboration's efforts was the development of new, science-based course materials for community college students. These materials supplement the materials already in use and help student learn important concepts with visual and interactive tools. Another project involved the development of science-based materials for both middle/high school and community college students. Since most of the materials are computer-based, the Internet became a very useful tool for distribution of the materials. These materials have been very well received and are being used by individuals and groups across the nation.
In 2001, the collaboration was expanded to become the Collaboration for NDT Education and, received additional funding from the NSF to create a national focal point for NDT education on the Internet. The establishment of this site is one of the main product of collaboration. While collaboration members have been major contributors to this site, a number of other individuals, companies, institutions have contributed as well. Please see the following links for additional information contributing to the site and to view a list of site contributors.