March 28, 2019
By Anthony Punt, Editorial Assistant, and Ben DuBose, Publications
Even the foremost corrosion control experts of today had to start somewhere in learning about their chosen field. With that in mind, the NACE Foundation hosted a mini-camp for high school students in the Nashville,Tennessee area to increase their knowledge and awareness of corrosion-based topics.
The Opportunities Realized Mini-Camp was held on Wednesday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time. The site of this mini-camp was the Nashville Music City Center’s Exhibit Hall, as part of CORROSION 2019 — the world’s largest event for the prevention and mitigation of corrosion.
At this NACE Foundation-hosted event, Nashville students received hands-on education about corrosion and corrosion-related activities. Among the tools they had at their disposal was the NACE Foundation’s cKit™ (Corrosion Toolkit), developed in 2005 as a means of educating students and stimulating their interest in corrosion science and engineering.
“We had two great schools here from Metro National Public Schools,Stratford STEM and Middle College High School,” said Brandy Adams, Program Specialist with the NACE Foundation. “The students and teachers were extremely engaged in the experiments and were wowed by the size of the corrosion industry after visiting the Exhibit Hall. Representatives from Covestro, our event sponsor, gave a great presentation that explored the many types of corrosion industry careers. Overall, it was great to see so many students excited about corrosion at our mini-camp!”
The students on hand learned about a variety of scientific principles directly relevant to the field of corrosion, including oxidation, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. In addition, they had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals (including those from Covestro) and university students about research and career opportunities.
For the first year, NACE International’s Coatings Council and Water/Wastewater Councils have combined efforts to present a joint session for CORROSION 2019 attendees. Offered in the Blue Corrosive Chronicles Theater on the exhibit hall floor, the “Practical Solutions to Real World Corrosion Issues” forum took place Wednesday, March 19, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
At a special CORROSION 2019 ceremony, CoatingsPro Magazine recognized industry excellence in the application of commercial and industrial high-performance coatings with its third annual Contractor Awards Program.
Just as a rising tide lifts all ships, newfound support and awareness of the corrosion risk within the maritime industry should lead to greater demand for corrosion expertise.That’s the outlook from NACE International’s Chief Maritime Officer Buddy Reams, who called on attendees at CORROSION 2019 to become more engaged with the maritime sector in a Tuesday presentation at the Exhibit Hall’s Blue Theater.