Event Location

Dr. Joseph L. Rose

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM)
Penn State
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2245 EB
“Avoiding Infrastructure Catastrophic Failure with Ultrasonic Guided Wave Inspection”

An overview of Ultrasonic Guided Wave Inspection will be presented along with a few inspection solutions for avoiding infrastructure failure. A few highlights of fundamental research and aspects of technology transfer and product development over the past decade will be covered. Infrastructure discussions on pipelines, aircraft, rail, and power generation will take place.

An international leader in the fields of wave mechanics, ultrasound and ultrasonic guided waves, Rose served in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) since 1992 as the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the College of Engineering. Rose was the principal adviser to 40 doctoral students 

Rose earned a doctorate in applied mechanics from Drexel University and also began his academic career at Drexel University. In 1988 he was named the Albert and Harriet Soffa Professor in Mechanical Engineering. While at Drexel, he advised 20 doctoral students. Rose also worked in industry for several years at Hale Products and the SKF Group.

He holds 30 patents, has authored five text books and published more than 600 articles on such topics as ultrasonic NDE, wave mechanics, medical ultrasound, adhesive bonding, pipe and tubing inspection, bridge and rail inspection, composite material inspection, ice detection, structural health monitoring, signal processing and pattern recognition. His publication work has received more than 18,000 citations.
Rose is also the founder and chief technology officer for Guidedwave (See, which plans, designs, builds and maintains guided wave solutions for pipeline, rail, aviation, power generation, manufacturing, civil infrastructure, natural gas and oil, nuclear and military industries.
At Penn State, Rose also taught a class titled Business Opportunities in Engineering, where he alerted students to the many entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship paths to success.

Faculty Host:  Dr. Ming Han (
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