Introducing Ricky Morgan…

As a continuation of my series on members of the North American Branch of BINDT, I have particular pleasure in introducing Ricky Morgan to my column. Ricky, as you will read, goes back a long way with me, both personally and professionally.

Ricky attended Purdue University, Miami University and the College of Oceaneering, interrupted by a career as a sergeant in the US Army. He studied non-destructive testing (NDT) and diving technology at the College of Oceaneering, at a time when I was conducting training in underwater applications of ultrasonic testing (UT) and magnetic particle testing (MT). He graduated with an Associate of Science degree.

In 1987, Ricky went directly from the College of Oceaneering into NDT with Ronald Nisbet Associates, where he progressed from trainee to ASNT Level II in UT, MT and penetrant testing (PT). He went on to become a Lead Field Technician, supervised up to 16 technicians and conducted NDT in refineries, power plants and petroleum tanker ships.

In 1990, Ricky was employed by Muldoon Marine Services to provide non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and commercial diving services. There, he obtained his first NDT Level III certification, supervised NDE and diving activities and obtained certifications for the company from Lloyd’s Register, DNV and the American Bureau of Shipping.

Ricky’s next stop was a venture into structural steel inspection with Smith-Emery in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2013. Here, he was a Lead Inspector/Level III, providing inspection services to the construction, transportation and amusement park industries. He spent a large part of 2013 in Shanghai, China, overseeing inspection during fabrication of the Las Vegas High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel. He was instrumental in the introduction of phased array ultrasonic testing to the structural steel welding technology.

During this period, Ricky became very involved with the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), first at a local regional level and then at national level. He went on to become a member of the Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President (2011-2012) and Chairman of the Board (2012-2013). As President, he visited the UK and represented ASNT at the Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT).

Ricky is a Member (MInstNDT) of BINDT, the American Welding Society, the American Institute of Steel Construction and the International Code Council.

Ricky has also worked with Miceli Infrastructure Consulting on structural monitoring, NDT and repair solutions for bridge inspection repair technology.

In 2016, Ricky completed the full cycle and returned to Smith Emery as Technical Director of NDT and Welding. He retains Level III certification in UT, MT and PT and is a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) through the American Welding Society.

Among Ricky’s many awards and the recognition he has received for his dedication and service to the NDT world are the following:
  • 1998: ASNT Lou DiValerio Technician of the Year        
  • 2003: ASNT Fellow                
  • 2009: ASNT Mentoring Award
  • 2016: Philip D Johnson Honorary Member Award.

The North American Branch is honoured to count Ricky Morgan among its members and recognises his long and dedicated service to the NDT industry. Personally, I am honoured to count him as a very good friend.

Ricky Morgan

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