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SSPC Seeks Papers, Offers Student Aid

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced a call for papers for its annual conference and exhibition dedicated to protective, marine and commercial coatings.

Additionally, the association is seeking applicants for its next round of scholarship awards.

SSPC 2014 featuring GreenCOAT will be held Feb. 10-13, 2014, at the Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Call for Papers

The technical program at SSPC 2014 will offer discussions and solutions to current challenges faced by coatings professionals. Topics will include surface preparation, application, coatings failures, health and safety.

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SSPC 2014 featuring GreenCOAT will be held Feb. 10-13 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The deadline to submit an abstract is June 1, 2013. For more information, contact Sara Badami.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by July 1. The first draft of the paper will be due by Sept. 1, and the final paper is due by Dec. 1. Powerpoint presentations for the show will be due by Jan. 3, 2014.

SSPC's Education Program Advisory Committee will evaluate each abstract based on originality; quality of the abstract (clearly defines outcomes, flows smoothly); relevance/significance to the industry; and objectives.

Presentation Topics

Presentation topics of interest include:

  • Advances in containment designs;
  • Advances in green surface preparation (e.g., waterjetting);
  • Aerospace;
  • Best application practices for high-solids materials, coating application methods, and green application techniques;
  • Cleaner abrasives;
  • Coating failures, coating inspection equipment, coating types and characteristics, and coatings to support emerging green industries (e.g., wind power, nuclear coatings);
  • Commercial coatings, gas and oil pipeline coatings, green coatings, powder coatings, and marine and military coatings;
  • Corrosion control;
  • Environmental health and safety;
  • Regulations;
  • Estimating;
  • Surface preparation; and
  • Women in the coatings industry.

SSPC calls its annual conference and exhibition "the place to discuss, share and hear a range of issues relevant to paint and coatings."

Scholarship Program

SSPC has also announced the renewal of its college scholarship program for the third year. Any student who is starting or continuing an education in an institution of higher learning may apply for one of four $2,500 scholarships.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2013. Students need not be pursuing a coatings-related curriculum to qualify.

The scholarships will be awarded for the 2013-14 school year to students at educational institutions in the United States or Canada. Scholarship funds will be applied directly to the costs of the students' courses, and SSPC will work with the financial aid offices to ensure proper use of the funds.

Applicants must be high school seniors planning on enrolling, or already enrolled, full time in an accredited institution of higher learning with a three- or four-year curriculum. The candidate must also be a member of SSPC in good standing, or a child or grandchild of an SSPC member in good standing.

The application must include:

  • Two letters of recommendation from parties unrelated to the applicant;
  • High school or college transcripts; and
  • A personal letter expressing why the student deserves the scholarship and plans to do in his/her field of study.

Download the scholarship application here.

A panel of three SSPC members designated by the Board of Governors will choose the scholarship recipients.

Scholarships are open to any student meeting the above criteria. (Before 2012, the student had to be enrolled in a coatings-related field at select schools.)

Technology Publishing / Jodi Temyer

SSPC is currently seeking presentation abstracts for SSPC 2014. Topics of interest include women in the coatings industry, a session focus for the last two years.

About SSPC

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Paint Council.

SSPC is dedicated to the use of high-performance industrial coatings for the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and industrial and commercial structures and components. The association is internationally recognized as the leading society in the field of protective coatings.

Its surface preparation and coatings standards have been governing the use of coatings worldwide for decades, and more than 40,000 industry professionals have used SSPC's training courses and technical certifications to enhance their coatings knowledge.

SSPC's membership includes more than 9,000 coatings professionals and more than 800 industry-related companies.

More information: www.sspc.org.

   

Tagged categories: Associations; Calls for papers; Conferences; Green coatings; Marine Coatings; NACE; SSPC; Surface preparation

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