Dear members of the Korean Society for Nondestructive Testing (KSNT),
I am Ik-Keun Park, a professor at Seoul National University of Science and Technology and the 20th president of the KSNT.
Last year, I was bestowed a great honor at the 2019 Autumn Conference and the 39th General Meeting of the KSNT, where I was appointed as the 20th president of the KSNT and chair of the 20th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (20th WCNDT 2020) Organizing Committee. This is both a tremendous honor and a source of an overwhelming sense of responsibility. During my two years in office, I will give my all to facilitate communication between nondestructive testing (NDT) organizations and about 4,000 members in our society. In particular, I will dedicate myself to making the 20th WCNDT 2020, a major NDT event scheduled to be held from May 31 to June 4, 2021, at Songdo Convensia Incheon, one of the most successful international academic events in history.
The KSNT was founded in March 1980. This year, the society celebrates its 40th anniversary. We owe these 40 years of growth and prosperity to the support of our members and the committed efforts of 19 predecessors. As such, I will build on their legacy to expand the role of the KSNT in both academic and industrial growth.
With this, I will work with our 20th Executive Board members to ensure the continuous and stable implementation of the society’s key projects, focusing on the following.
First, we will focus on the successful hosting of 20th WCNDT 2020. I believe that this task is one of the most considerable challenges awaiting the 20th Executive Board, and the KSNT formed an organizing committee after WCNDT 2012 in Durban, South Africa. Owing to the dedicated efforts of our members, the KSNT received 1,100 abstracts and secured 333 booths of 175 companies from 26 countries, and 15 sponsors, including Olympus, as of January 2020 for the 20th WCNDT 2020. At this rate, we expect a successful event, exceeding the previous conference in Germany. Beginning with 20th WCNDT 2020, the KSNT will reinforce its international activities at the International Committee for Non Destructive Testing (ICNDT), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Asia Pacific Federation for Non Destructive Testing (APFNDT), and other organizations, which will elevate the KSNT’s standing in the global NDT community.
Second, we will refine the division of roles among Executive Board members so that the KSNT may operate under reasonable systems, procedures, and practices fit for an academic society with a 40-year history. In particular, we will work on facilitating communication with the government, public corporations, associations, their member companies, and other NDT-related organizations to elevate the KSNT’s standing and ensure its role as an academic organization in the society. Moreover, we will zero in on securing stable financial sources, ensuring efficient and transparent execution, and improving services for our members.
Third, we will pay special attention to the KSNT’s academic and publication activities. In connection with 20th WCNDT 2020, we will promote joint academic activities with China, Japan, and other countries. These collaborative activities will create a foundation for the qualitative improvement of the Journal of the Korean Society for Nondestructive Testing and the development of a Science Citation Index (SCI) journal on NDT in the medium or long term. To this end, the KSNT increased the number of academic and publication experts on the Executive Board. In particular, the KSNT and its Publication Committee will commit to implementing the academic journal evaluation project and increasing the number of high-quality journal submissions.
Fourth, I will put the KSNT at the center of innovative transformation, which is the development of a new NDT industry, in connection with the Development and Management of Nondestructive Testing Technology Act (enacted in 2006) and the game changers that will drastically change how we live in just 5–10 years, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and 5th generation telecommunications technology (5G). With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the NDT technology and industry have embraced the changes represented by hyperconnectivity and hyperintelligence, which have led to the creation of new added values. NDT has also merged with cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT), smart sensors, big data, and AI to create new testing technologies, services, and business models. Furthermore, the KSNT should also embrace this paradigm change across all functions, including academic activities, technological development, and education and training. In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I will lead the KSNT’s efforts for developing and implementing new projects designed to embrace new convergence technologies, such as new NDT R&D projects, a new NDT talent development center, and NDT qualification and certification.
Fifth and last, all of us on the 20th Executive Board assure you that we will do everything within our power to fulfill the commitments stated above. Please accept our sincere gratitude for all our members who had provided aid and support to make the KSNT what it is today, and we ask for your continued support and participation in our future endeavors. Once again, we wish you and your family all the best, good health, and happiness.
Korean Society for Nondestructive Testing