March 27, 2019
By Gretchen Jacobson, MP Managing Editor-in-Chief
NACE attendees from several countries in Latin America, as well as the United States and other countries,gathered on Tuesday afternoon to learn about the challenges and solutions for corrosion control projects in varying environments that include mountains, rivers, and forests. Moderated by Jose Sierra, the forum featured sessions with information about NACE International section activities in Latin America, and energy markets and corrosion control methods and needs in Ecuador, Mexico, and Brazil.
Fabian Sanchez opened the first session by updating the audience on Latin American Area activities, and the importance of growing NACE membership in those countries. “We must improve the number of members in Latin America to increase the knowledge and use of industrial, engineering, and corrosion control best practices,” he said. “These are needed to ensure efficient, safe, and environmentally clean operations. We also need to bring new leaders into NACE to help achieve these goals.”
Sanchez then presented information specifically on Ecuador’s oil and gas and energy industries, including economic data, market trends, existing and emerging regulations, and corrosion control methods such as integrity management and protection technologies. Hernan Rivera followed with a presentation focused on the same issues pertaining to Mexico, and Leonardo Uller brought the audience up to date on markets and corrosion issues and solutions in Brazil.
Uller concluded the presentations by reiterating that efforts are underway to obtain new NACE members. “We have a lot of work to do,”he said. “We need new volunteers and leaders to support the Latin American Area and NACE.”
As NACE International wraps up its 74th annual conference, corrosion professionals from around the world continued the momentum started by the 11 founding members in 1943 when almost 6,000 attendees from nearly 70 countries worldwide came together at the Nashville Music City Center and other area venues for CORROSION 2019.
All week, students from around the world have been showcasing recent research projects at NACE’s 2019 Student Poster Session, sponsored by BP. Students prepared posters that summarize their research and presented them to a panel of judges and conference attendees.
NACE Foundation’s 24th annual NACE Race 5K completed on Sunday, March 24th, raising funds for STEM disciplines. Medals were awarded to the top three winners in the men’s and women’s divisions.