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John Chen

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Dr. John Z. Chen wants to enhance ASNT’s international leadership position in certification and technical publications, hoping to make its members proud and attract more talent into the organization. An ASNT NDT Level III in ET, MT, PT, RT, and UT, Chen is the Corporate Level III at KBR in Houston, Texas. His previous roles have included design engineer, materials engineer, and specialist performing NDT in refineries and chemical plants with ACFM, pulsed ET, and various ultrasonic techniques including thickness gauging.

A lifetime member of ASNT, Chen currently serves the technical editor of Materials Evaluation, a Director at Large on the Board of Directors (2020), an associate member of CMC (since 2012), a co-chair of ICPIIT 2020, vice chair of the Handbook Development Committee, vice chair of the Chemical & Petroleum Committee, and a member of Financial Awards Committee. He has served as a member of the Selection Committee and Guided Waves Committee, as a session chair for conferences, and in officer positions, including chair, for the Greater Houston Section.

Chen is a certified welding inspector by the American Welding Society (AWS); a principal reviewer for the Welding Journal; current chair of AWS Houston Section; a voting member of AWS B1 Committee on Methods of Inspection; and a member of NDT Academic Advisory Committee at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. He is also a full member of Sigma Xi, a volunteer in local schools and the YMCA, and has served as a judge for student engineering projects several times at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston.

His recognitions include Jerry Fulin Level III of the Year from the Greater Houston Section (2017), ASNT Fellow (2016), a World Oil Award (2016), a Schlumberger President’s Award (2016), an Achievement Award for the Advance of Science and Technology in Beijing (2000), an Honored Undergraduate Award from Shaanxi Province (1995), and three Section Meritorious Awards from AWS.

Chen has published 29 journal papers, delivered multiple presentations at conferences and section meetings, and reviewed eight ASNT books. He received a Ph.D. in Welding Engineering (2005) from the Ohio State University, a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (1999), and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering (1995) from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

John Chen