by Christian Boller, Chair in NDT & QA – University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany
Christian Boller holds a chair in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Quality Assurance at Saarland University in Saarbrücken/Germany and is also a Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Non-Destructive Testing based in Saarbrücken/Germany since 2008. He received an engineering diploma in Structural Engineering from Darmstadt Technical University as well as an engineering doctoral degree in material mechanics from the same institution. He held various posts in research and development with Battelle, MBB, Daimler-Benz and EADS in Frankfurt/Main, Ottobunn/Munich and Stuttgart respectively, before being appointed a chair in smart structural design at the University of Sheffield/UK in 2003. Professor Boller is a member of various scientific committees and societies and has published and edited a multitude of articles and books in the area of fatigue and fracture, smart structures, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and micro aerial vehicles, including encyclopedia on Structural Health Monitoring. He has become the Major Organiser of a variety of international conferences such as european Workshop on SHM, NDT in Aerospace or NDT for the Energy Industry to just name a few. His major research areas of interest include SHM inspired by NDT and integrated into Structural Life Cycle Management as well as robotic inspection systems. Since 2013 he is also running an NDT Master Course at Dresden International University and launched a module on SHM at Saarland University in 2014.
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