March 2016 Chairman’s Message

March 2016 – ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman’s Message
John Kurtz, John MarkanichLast month we had a well attended joint meeting with AWS. Our speaker was John Kurtz from Oxford Instruments. John’s presentation was on PMI, Positive Material Identification. John presented three technologies and showed comparisons, limitations, and advantages for the LIBS, OES, and XRF techniques. John had several portable instruments available and took time with a number of people afterwards to answer questions and discuss applications. Many thanks to John for his presentation and his patience while we subjugated him to a variety of desktop presentation challenges. There were 40 in attendance from AWS and ASNT. Thanks to all that attended our event at the Dynasty International Buffet in Cranberry Township.
Pat Sansieri
On March 17th I am excited to announce our speaker, Patrick Sansieri, from Odyssey Technology. Pat recently moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Charleston, South Carolina. We welcome Pat and his wife Carol to our meeting. Pat is ASNT certified Level III, NAS410 Level 3, and PWA Sim4 Level 3 and has a B.S. in Physics and 38 years in NDT. Odyssey Technology specializes in certification, training, and Level III consulting work internationally. The title of his talk is “Level 3 Responsibilities under NAS410”. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. The meeting will start with a social gathering at 5:30PM. Dinner will be at approximately 6PM with the presentation following. The location of the meeting is the Springfield Grill, 7001 Crider Road, Mars, PA 16046 (724-778-8700).
In April, our presenter will be Dr. Zamanzadeh (Dr.Zee) from Exova (formerly Matco Services). Dr. Zee is a well known speaker in the fields of corrosion, coatings, materials selection and design, and cathodic protection. His bio is quite extensive and we are honored to have him present to our section.
Attendance has been very good at our meetings. Thanks to all the members who take the time to share their experiences and knowledge with our local section. Please see if any of your co-workers and friends who are associated with NDT and related professions and get them involved. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the March 17th meeting and making some new friends.

Sincerely,
John Markanich, ASNT Pittsburgh Section Chairman

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