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Sotirios J. Vahaviolos

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Sotirios J. Vahaviolos

Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Dr. Sotirios J. Vahaviolos is the Founder of MISTRAS Group and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors. He served as the Chairman since he founded MISTRAS in 1978 under the name Physical Acoustics Corp., and served as Chief Executive Officer through August 9, 2017 and President through May 31, 2016. Prior to founding MISTRAS, Dr. Vahaviolos was a scientist and manager at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Vahaviolos received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and graduated first in his engineering class from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received a Master of Science (EE), Masters in Philosophy and a Ph.D. (EE) from Columbia University School of Engineering. During Dr. Vahaviolos’ career in non-destructive testing, he has been elected Fellow of (1) The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (2) The American Society of Nondestructive Testing, and (3) The Acoustic Emission Working Group (AEWG). Dr. Vahaviolos is also a member of The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), where he served as its President from 1992-1993 and its Chairman from 1993-1994, a member of AEWG and an honorary life board member of the International Committee for Nondestructive Testing. Additionally, he was the recipient of ASNT’s Gold Medal in 2001 and AEWG’s Gold Medal in 2005. He was also one of the six founders of NDT Academia International in 2008.

Dr. Vahaviolos brings to the Board his detailed knowledge and unique perspective and insights regarding the strategic and operational opportunities and challenges, economic and industry trends, and competitive and financial positioning of our business. His significant experience and leadership as the company’s founder, Chairman, and CEO for over four decades helped establish MISTRAS as a global leader in the field of nondestructive testing.

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