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Friday, March 21, 2014

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Eric Kline, executive vice president of KTA-Tator Inc., is being honored for his decades of contributions to advancing coatings technology for the structural steel industry.

Kline, a certified SSPC Protective Coatings Specialist (PCS) who has worked for KTA-Tator for over 30 years, will receive the American Institute of Steel Construction's Lifetime Achievement Award on March 26.

The award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to AISC and to the structural steel design, construction and academic communities.

Eric Kline

Eric Kline, executive VP of KTA-Tator Inc., will receive the AISC Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Kline is well-regarded as one of the leading experts on coatings and was involved in the development and implementation of the original paint endorsement for the AISC Certification Program," AISC said in its awards announcement.

Innovative Ideas

Kline has worked on coating issues for the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) and helped complete AISC's edge grinding study, AISC reported. He continues to work with the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration.

"All of the things that I've done were always because they needed to be done—never because I thought I would get an award," Kline told PaintSquare News.

"I'm humbled, and I appreciate the recognition," Kline said.

Kline conceptualized and designed "rapid deployment"—an innovative surface preparation and coating application method to reduce time and costs associate with repainting overpass bridges.

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Eric Kline developed cost- and time-saving ways to repaint bridge overpasses and has been consulted on major bridge maintenance coating projects throughout his career.

Additionally, he has performed coating failure analysis on many different structures, including power plants, ships, water/sewage treatment facilities and tanks.

Future Holds Promise

With a career that has spanned three decades, Kline has seen (and contributed to) many changes in the protective coatings industry.

"If you look at the rate of change over the last 30 years, you can imagine there will be a brave new world for coatings in the next 30," Kline said.

"I never could have imagined the dramatic progress the industry has made in so many areas. The future has a lot of promise, and things are going to continue to get better," he said.

In 2003, Kline received SSPC's John D. Keane Award of Merit and was named an SSPC Honorary Life Member in 2008.

He is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings; in 2009, JPCL recognized Kline as one of the coating industry's top 25 thinkers.

Kline has a B.S. in chemistry from Ursinus College and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Others Honored

The other recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Charles W. Roeder, P.E., professor at the University of Washington; and Raymond H.R. Tide, D.Sc., principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates.

AISC Lifetime Achievement Award
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Charles W. Roeder, P.E., (left) and Raymond H.R. Tide, D.Sc., will also receive AISC's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roeder has been dedicated to advancing the structural steel industry through research and teaching. According to AISC, he has been at the forefront of developing engineering design and analysis methods for structural steel systems on buildings and bridges.

Tide, a long-time contributor to AISC, has contributed to developments in wind and seismic design, construction, bolting and welding materials, according to AISC.

AISC will also present the Special Achievement Award to six individuals who have demonstrated notable achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. Those recipients are:

  • Christopher Higgins, Ph.D., P.E., professor at Oregon State University;
  • John Moebes, director of construction at Crate and Barrel;
  • James M. Ricles, Ph.D., P.E., profressor of structural engineering at Lehigh University;
  • Michael Culmo, P.E., vice president of structures and transportation at CME Associates Inc.;
  • William Wood, Dr.Eng., profressor at Portland State University; and
  • Terry M. Zwick, vice president and general manager at Atlas Iron Works.

All of the award recipients will recognized March 26 during 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference, in Toronto, ON.

Headquartered in Chicago, IL, AISC is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association that serves the structural steel design community and construction industry.

   

Tagged categories: American Institute of Steel Construction; Awards and honors; Bridges; Coating selection; Failure analysis; KTA-Tator; SSPC; Steel; Structural steel

Comment from Tim Race, (3/21/2014, 8:21 AM)

Congratulations to Eric for this much deserved award!


Comment from Peter Mitchel, (3/21/2014, 9:51 AM)

Outstanding Eric!


Comment from Lydia Frenzel, (3/21/2014, 4:43 PM)

What a wonderful announcement. Totally deserved. Eric Kline has been a mainstay for many years. He is generous with his time and expertise.


Comment from Alison Kaelin, (3/27/2014, 9:41 AM)

Congratulations, Eric. Well deserved. It has been a pleasure working with and learning from you.


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