A4A/SAE Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Innovation Award

Purpose: The A4A/SAE Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Innovation Award, formerly known as the Better Way Award, is an annual process established to recognize a government and/or industry team that has developed and applied a technology, technique, process, or policy that advances inspection or test of civil/commercial aircraft structure, aircraft components, or aircraft systems. Improvements will be assessed as a function of process sensitivity, reliability, and cost effectiveness.
Eligibility: Team eligibility includes both government and private industry personnel. Employees of universities, national labs, and non-profit organizations are also eligible as supplemental recipients of this award. Membership in A4A or SAE is not required. Teams may have two to twelve members. The accomplishment may involve research, development, engineering, application, management, or policy, and should have occurred not more than 18 months prior to the NDT Forum. Awards Committee members are not eligible for the award.
Awards Committee: An Awards Committee consisting of neutral subject matter experts representing A4A and SAE will review the nominations and select the winner.
Nominations: A4A and SAE are continuously soliciting nominations. Nominations may be submitted by anyone (including the awards committee members themselves). The nomination should include the names, affiliations, and contact information for all team members; the name and contact information of the nominator; and a brief (one page) description of the accomplishment.

Year  Name Employer
2019 Claire Brennan Collins Aerospace
Colette Fennessy Collins Aerospace
Eric Karlin Collins Aerospace
Deepa Kote University of Illinois
John Kowalski Collins Aerospace
Thomas Yun United Technologies Research Center
2018 Karsten Kaiser Lufthansa Technik 
Michael Ernst 3D.aero 
2017 Rusty Jones  FAA
Alex Melton  Delta
David Westlund FAA
Robert Hager  Delta
Stephen Neidigk  Sandia      
John Bohler Delta
Dennis Roach  Sandia      
Daryl Graham  Nordam
Tom Rice Sandia      
Jeff Harper  Nordam
Larry Culbertson  Nordam
2016 David Craig Pratt and Whitney Canada 
Peter Boyd Pratt and Whitney Canada 
Gerry Whitty Pratt and Whitney Canada 
Francesco Finzi-Contini Pratt and Whitney Canada 
Daniel Girard Pratt and Whitney Canada 
Joseé Caya Pratt and Whitney Canada 
Daniel Gagnon Pratt and Whitney Canada 
Leanne Jauriqui Vibrant Corp.
Tom Williams Vibrant Corp.
Eric Biedermann Vibrant Corp.
Greg Weaver Vibrant Corp.
2015 Sam Tucker United Airlines
Jason Meade United Airlines
Dorsey Perkins Southwest Airlines
Nellie Mauzey GE (Strother)
Bryan Leach Uniwest Corp. 

SAE International and Airlines for America are pleased to jointly administer this award in its 17th year. Nominations may be submitted here