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U. of Akron to Host 1st Corrosion Forum

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Leading-edge corrosion coatings, technology, materials and policies will be the focus of the inaugural Corrosion Forum next month at the new National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance.

 Corrosion Forum panels will include coatings information from the Thomarios Coatings Group of Akron and Carboline Corp.

 Thomarios Coatings Group (left); Carboline (right)

Forum panels will include coatings information from the Thomarios Coatings Group and Carboline Corp.

The forum, “Asset Preservation and Sustainability: Infrastructure Across Industry Sectors,” will highlight key issues and developments in corrosion and materials performance, reliability, safety, and cost.

The event is set for Sept. 20-21 at the University of Akron, where the National Center is located. UA offers the nation’s first and only bachelor’s degree in Corrosion Engineering.

The program will feature keynote speakers from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, and industry. Discussions will focus on the status and direction of preventive strategies, including coatings use, in non-technical and technical areas.

 University of Akron Professor Joe Payer (left) and Dan Dunmire, director, Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight

 University of Akron

The conference will be held at the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance, where last year's groundbreaking ceremonies included Professor Joe Payer (left) and Dan Dunmire, director, Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight. Dunmire will speak at the forum.

Organizers expect about 100 participants and attendees, including leading industry representatives, government officials, academics, and students of the university’s corrosion engineering program.

Coatings and Other Topics

Featured panels will include:

• Careers in Corrosion

• Corrosion Workforce Development

• Highways and Bridges

• Innovative Product Development

• Pipelines

• Plants and Facilities

• Research and Development

• Utilities

Protective coatings will be a focus of the panels on Innovative Product Development as well as Highways and Bridges, organizers said.

Featured Speakers

Keynoters include:

• Dan Dunmire, director, Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight;

• Digby Macdonald, distinguished professor, Pennsylvania State University; and

• Kevin Garrity, president, NACE International.

The cost to attend the full conference, including all panel discussions, programs and meals, is $175. Program and registration details are available here or by calling 1-330-253-5970.

   

Tagged categories: Coatings technology; Conferences; Corrosion; Corrosion protection; Infrastructure; Protective coatings

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