Prof. Ian Cooper
Technology Fellow - Advanced NDT
Ian is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in non-destructive testing (NDT). On joining TWI in 2005 as a principle project leader at the specialist NDT Centre in Port Talbot, he specialised in the NDT of composites. More recently his work has concentrated on advanced NDT methods and automated robotic inspection systems, and he was promoted to Technology Fellow in 2015. A recognised expert in the inspection of composites and other difficult materials, he leads the highly successful IntACOM programme, developing rapid automated inspection systems for composites and complex geometries. In 2016, he and his co-authors were awarded the John Grimwade Medal for a paper on this work. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and is widely published in NDT and aerospace journals. He is a Vice President of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and is active and influential on a number of committees that guide the development, application, training and certification of NDT. In 2016, he was made an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David. In 2019, Ian received the BINDT Ann Birt award for NDE research and development and technology strategy development.
Prior to joining TWI, Ian served for 27 years in the RAF as an aircraft engineer, initially responsible for weapons and assisted escape systems, he later moved to non-destructive testing, leading the area team responsible for operations in Europe. His final posting was to the NDT HQ, where he played a significant role in the development of area scanning systems for composites during the introduction to service of new aircraft, including Typhoon, and the adoption of emerging technologies for NDT across all three services.