Dr. Catbas was in Washington DC to attend a great meeting and reception at the historic building of Embassy of Japan in Washington DC last week to celebrate some recent work carried out by Japanese colleagues on Probe Data Systems. “I was grateful to be invited and would like to thank our hosts for a wonderful evening. The presentations and discussions make us encouraged that our collective work on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE), advanced data analysis and smart city concepts will lead to better infrastructure for the people everywhere.