The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) was established in 1985 as a NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center which has expanded to support a variety of programs and partnerships. NDE plays an important role in ensuring the safe use of engineered systems ranging from offshore oil facilities miles below the sea, to bridges and roadways we drive on every day, to planes that carry both the public and defense personnel. CNDE has a long history of working with industry to provide cost-effective tools and solutions which address relevant problems for a variety of industrial sectors which include: Aerospace (commercial and military aviation) and Defense Systems (ground vehicles and personnel protection); Energy (nuclear, wind, fossil); Infrastructure and Transportation (bridges, roadways, dams, levees); and Petro-Chemical (offshore, processing, fuel transport piping). Industrial partnerships with nearly 100 companies have included the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research program, single-company proprietary projects, multi-company collaborations, and CNDE-led consortia.
A growing NDE education program is also in place which includes an undergraduate NDE Minor and a graduate certificate which is available as a distance education option. A variety of government and industrial funding sources have supported major accomplishments over the past 30+ years.