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About QNDE

QNDE, as a field of endeavor, which is a highly interdisciplinary that involves the use of various techniques to characterize materials and to detect both manufacturing and service related anomalies in materials and structures which are important to safety in essentially all industries. The Annual Review is a meeting in which both advances in fundamental knowledge and new engineering applications in several measurement technologies — ultrasonics, eddy currents, X-rays, thermosonics and thermography, among others — are reported and discussed. For more than four decades, the QNDE Conference has been identified as the world's leading research/engineering conference in this specialized engineering field.


The Review of Progress in Nondestructive Evaluation Conference ("RPQNDE Conference") was established by Donald O. Thompson to be a forum for advancing the science of Nondestructive Evaluation ("NDE") and to be a focal point for the growing NDE scientific community. Over most of its history, the Conference has been run by QNDE Programs, a non-profit organization established by Don.

In Spring 2020, in an effort to encourage longevity and continued success, QNDE Programs and ASME entered into discussions to formally transfer the conference over to ASME.

On August 26, 2020 ASME and QNDE Programs announced that going forward ASME will run the RPQNDE Conference. ASME is committed to continue the vision of D.O. Thompson that it be the premier conference in the field.

We hope that you will join us for the 48th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (and our second virtual conference) scheduled for July 28 – 30, 2021.

About the ASME Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnosis, & Prognosis Division

The NDE division aims to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals throughout the world for disseminating technical knowledge associated with diagnosis and prognosis of mechanical systems as well as functional system adaptation to partially damaged state of the mechanical system. The division will interface with other divisions and groups within ASME and other professional engineering societies to enhance public safety and the quality of life.

The NDE division's mission is to serve global engineering communities by advancing, disseminating and applying NDE/NDT knowledge for overall mechanical system safety, reliability improvement; and communicating the excitement of emerging technologies in the NDE discipline.

About ASME

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries.

For more than 100 years, ASME has successfully enhanced performance and safety worldwide through its renowned codes and standards, conformity assessment programs, training courses, and journals.