Nicola Bowler was born on December 6, 1968 in Hereford, England. She received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Surrey, UK, in 1994, for theoretical work in the field of eddy-current nondestructive evaluation (NDE). She moved to the Center for NDE, Iowa State University, in 1999 and in 2006 was appointed Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University. Her research interests include engineering the electromagnetic properties of composite materials by analysis and design, and electromagnetic NDE of dielectrics and metals - inventing new NDE techniques and improving accuracy in four-point potential drop, eddy-current, microwave and capacitive NDE.
Li Li, from Shandong, China, was born on July 27, 1986. In 2007 she received a B.S. degree in Engineering from Shandong University. Li enrolled in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University in fall, 2007 as a Ph.D. candidate. Her research investigates the dielectric properties and degradation mechanisms of aged electrical wiring insulation materials.
Jin Liu was born on June 30, 1984 in Hubei, China. He received the B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2004 and the M.S. degree in Physics from Peking University in 2007. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University. Jin's main research interests lie in modeling and designing the electromagnetic properties of composite materials.
Tianming Chen was born in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China, in 1987. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China, in 2008. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Iowa State University. His research interests include quantitative nondestructive evaluation techniques, computational electromagnetics, metamaterials, antenna theory, and microwave engineering. His senior design project on metamaterials won the distinguished sensor design thesis in his undergraduate university. Mr. Chen is a recipient of the American Society of Nondestructive Testing Graduate Fellowship, 2009. He has been a graduate research assistant at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University since 2008.
Yang Li was born in Wuhan, China, on January 5, 1984. He received the B.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2006 and M.S. degree in Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Technology in 2008 from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, IA and is currently a Research Assistant with ISUís Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE). His research interests include microwave nondestructive evaluation for composite structures/materials, theoretical electromagnetics, and remote sensing.
Eric Abram graduated with an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2007, with thesis entitled "Electromagnetic Materials Characterization of Ferromagnetic Composites at Microwave Frequencies". He is now with Boeing.
Nathan Fischer was born on March 19, 1985 and raised on a farm near Neola, Iowa, USA. He graduated with an M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in May 2008, with thesis entitled "Novel Composites for Microwave Absorption". Other academic interests include German, theology, and music. Nathan is now with Pratt and Whitney.
David Johnson was born August 10, 1984 in Rockford, Illinois, USA. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Political Science from Iowa State University, USA, in 2006. He graduated with an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in July 2008, with thesis entitled "Microwave Nondestructive Evaluation of Aircraft Radomes", research conducted at Iowa State's Center for Nondestructive Evaluation. He received the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's Research Excellence Award in Summer 2008 and is now with IBM.
Chongxue Zhang was born on October 2, 1984 in Heilongjiang, China. She moved to Hebei, China in 1992. In 2006, she received a B.S. degree in Science and Technology of Optical Information from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China. Chongxue graduated with an M.S. degree in in Electrical Engineering in July 2009, with thesis entitled "Assessment of Depth of Case-Hardening in Steel by Electromagnetic Methods", research conducted at Iowa State University's Center for Nondestructive Evaluation.