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.
|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|
|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.|