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MORGANTOWN, WV -

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing Inc. recently honored West Virginia University professor Udaya B. Halabe of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Halabe was tapped to be a fellow of the society. He joined the faculty at WVU in 1990 after earning both his master's and doctoral degrees in civil engineering and a master's in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

He is a recognized expert in the field of nondestructive testing of civil infrastructure, which is defined as testing of an object or component without destroying it or impairing its future usefulness.

Halabe has numerous publications to his credit in the area of nondestructive evaluation of timber, steel, concrete and composite structural components. His expertise includes the use of several nondestructive techniques, including ultrasonics, ground penetrating radar, infrared thermography and vibration-based technologies.

The recipient of numerous awards, Halabe received the Chi Epsilon National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award.

Halabe is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a member of both Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honorary societies.