June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021
Dr. Megan McGovern is a Senior Researcher in the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab at General Motors Global Research and Development. She joined General Motors in 2016, during which time she has used her nondestructive evaluation skillset to provide manufacturing solutions to internal customers. She leads research projects to develop inline and post manufacturing inspection systems which are crucial for first-time quality, especially in low-volume applications where launches are quick and highly customized. In 2019, she was the lead inventor in developing a technique to enable inline inspection of welded joints during pre-production battery pack assembly. Dr. McGovern received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include inline and post manufacturing inspection solutions, nondestructive evaluation of materials, components and structures, digital signal and image processing, process monitoring, and prognosis of materials and components. She is proficient in several nondestructive techniques, including ultrasound, thermography, X-Ray CT, and laser ultrasound.
Dr. McGovern is the chair of the Detroit Section of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). She is active in various professional societies and is a licensed Professional Engineer (Michigan). She has 4 patents and 23 peer-reviewed journal articles, one of which received the Outstanding Paper Published in Materials Evaluation in 2015.