2020 - 2021 Officers
Chair: Joe Kraft
Joe has been working in the Quality Control field since 1994 when he started as a foreman and QC Inspector for the Herrick Corporation. In 2008 he worked for Consolidated Engineering Labs as their Operations Manager/Field Supervisor. He is certified in CWI, ICC Structural Steel and Welding Inspector, ICC High Strength Bolting Inspector, ICC Spray Allied Fireproofing Inspector, UT MT & PT Level II, ASNT NDT Level III UT. Since 2013, Joe went back to Herrick Corporation as the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager for shop and field. Joe and his wife have one son, three daughters and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys boating, snowboarding, dirt biking and shooting.
Vice Chair: Dr. Saptarshi Mukherjee
Saptarshi received the B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India, in 2013, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA, in 2018. He is currently working as an Applied Electromagnetics Research Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Saptarshi's research interests include high-power radio-frequency devices, electromagnetic imaging and microwave nondestructive testing of composites and additively manufactured materials. Saptarshi has authored 1 patent and over 40 technical papers and is currently serving in the organizing committee of ASNT Research Symposium. He has also served as a session chair for four international conferences and a reviewer of overall 18 scientific journals. He received the National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship in 2015, ASNT Graduate Fellowship award in 2017 and the ASNT Travel Grant Fellowship award in 2018.
Treasurer: Dave Arms
Dave began his career in NDT in 1985 working for a major airline in the SF Bay area as an NDT inspector, instructor and engineer. He holds ASNT Level III certification in MT, PT, VT, RT, UT and ET. He currently is Chief Inspector for Level III NDT, a FAA certified repair stationlocated in Hayward. Formerly he held the positions of Secretary and Vice Chairman for your Golden Gate chapter. Dave is a licensed aircraft mechanic and private pilot. Dave is the Sales Manager for QC NDT Equipment.
Section Secretary: Diane Sundberg
Diane has been in the photographic and silver recycling business for over 30 years. She has owned a processing lab, spent 11 years with Konica Photo West, 17 years managing the silver recycling department at ECS Refining and the last 5 years at Commodity Resource and Environmental as a District Sales Manager bringing in X-Ray film for recycling. Her hobbies include nature and astro-photography, high desert camping and cooking. She is always up for a road trip!
Past Chair: Wayne Johnson
Board Of Directors
Mike Ballard (Director at Large)
Mike began his career in NDT in 1985, after graduating from Hutchinson Technical Institute, working for The Virginia Corporation of Richmond as an NDT inspector. He then worked for Baltimore Gas and Electric for 12 years and now works at Pacific Gas and Electric since 2002. He holds ASNT Level III certification in MT and UT, PDI certification for Section XI UT inspection and a CWI.
Richard Seals (Director at Large)
Richard is a certified ASNT/ACCP Level III Inspector and Instructor in MT, PT, RT, and UT. He has 50+ years of experience in the NDT field. In his free time, Richard loves to sail on the bay.
Allison Wright (Director at Large)
Allison Wright, Director-at-Large, is a Nondestructive Inspection Engineer for Lawrence Livermore National Lab. She works mainly with ultrasound. She has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Nondestructive Inspection from Iowa State University. Outside of NDT, Allison is a lifelong Girl Scout and enjoys teaching girls about STEM. She enjoys baking (and eating) cakes and hiking with her son and husband.
Graham Thomas (Education Chair)
Graham has been a member of ASNT for over 40 years. He has been active in ASNT at the local section level, the national level and the international level. He retired from Sandia National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he was involved with NDE research and development.
Message from the GG ASNT Chair :
"Hello Section members and friends. Thank you for taking the time to read this Yearbook. We welcome everyone to be an active participant in our
community. Our meetings are a nice social event with an interesting mix of folks from diverse backgrounds and talents. Come and join us anytime.
We are moving into a new meeting year and wrapping up the last one. For the past two years Mike Ballard has done an adequate job as the Section
Chair and he helped keep us active. Running a Section always takes more time then you think it should and it can be a challenge in addition to a full
time job. Mike handled the job well and has been a great asset to the group. We should really appreciate all that he has done for us.
Last Spring we revived our annual golf tournament and all those who participated had a great time out. Fred Necochea took care of the details and
ran a really fun event at Los Positas golf course in Livermore. Everyone that played walked away with some new gear or gift certificate thanks to
our generous sponsors. We also resurrected Vendors Night this year in San Leandro at the 21st Amendment. We had great Vendor participation
and over 50 people in attendance. I would also like to extend a big Thank You to all of our event sponsors and attendees. Without you none of this
would be possible. Both events are going to happen again this year so mark the dates on your calendar.
We have a great selection of speakers from all over the country coming to our meetings this year. Joe Kraft has done a really great job of lining up
some really interesting technical topics. Take a look at the Calendar and pick a meeting or two to attend.
We would also like to express our thanks to QC NDT, Dave Arms, Dorothy and Cathy, for all of the time and effort in putting the Yearbook together
this year. Once again a fine job with the endless task of collecting all the ads and information.
Lastly, I would like to extend a personal invitation to each and every one of you to come to at least one Section meeting this year. Most folks have
no idea the amount of time it takes to plan and execute any one meeting. Not to mention the travel costs of our out of town speakers. Please show
us all a small token of your appreciation with your attendance."
ASNT Golden Gate Section Chair
The success of the Golden Gate Section can be attributed to the numerous volunteers that have helped make us a viable and healthy nonprofit organization over the many years of existence. A big thank you to all our volunteers and members! Click here to download list of Past Presidents and Fellow Awards.