Two Wayne State faculty to receive international defense science and technology award

DETROIT - On February 19, 2010, two Wayne State University faculty will visit the Pentagon to receive an international award from Alan R. Shaffer, Principal Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Department of Defense.

The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), a long-standing international organization concerned with collaboration on defense science and technology matters including national security and defense, will honor 53 scientists and engineers including Lawrence (Skip) Favro, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Xiaoyan Han, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Wayne State University. Favro and Han are the only university professors to be honored by TTCP.

Favro and Han are being honored for their sonic thermography technology used for inspecting large areas and complex shapes in a short amount of time to reveal fatigue cracks. This technology can find and quantify defects in metals and composite materials, and is also used for process control applications in automotive and aerospace industries.

“We are pleased and honored to have two of our faculty receive this prestigious award,” said Hilary Ratner, vice president for research at WSU. “Drs. Favro and Han have made significant advances in sonic thermography that can detect closed hairline cracks in an economically and environmentally friendly way. The technique is useful in aircraft inspections, and new analytical tools and techniques that they are developing show great promise.”

Member countries of the TTCP include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. TTCP acquaints and supplements participating nations with each other's defense research and development (R&D) programs so that each may be adjusted and planned in cognizance of the efforts of the other nations. This ultimately provides them shared knowledge, resources and the best technical information available to advise their governments and military forces on all matters related to defense R&D.

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