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University Graduates First Corrosion Class

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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AKRON, OH—The first baccalaureate corrosion engineering program in the U.S. has walked its inaugural class across the commencement stage and into careers as corrosion problem solvers.

Ten students received bachelor of science degrees Saturday (May 9) from the University of Akron's Corrosion Engineering program, the university announced.

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The University of Akron graduated the first 10 students from its corrosion engineering program. First row, from left: Dr. George K Haritos, dean of the College of Engineering; Jacob Sines; David Waligorski; David Keith Dahlstein; Kyle Platt; Stephen Ball; Dr. H. Michael Cheung, chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Back row, from left: Dr. Edward Evans, associate professor of chemical engineering and associate chair for education; Ian Coleman; Derek Coy; Stephen Callow; and Zackary Lerch. Not pictured: graduate Timothy Robertson.

The graduates, all Ohio natives, now have jobs waiting for them at companies including Marathon, ExxonMobil, Hendrickson, Corrpro and BP, according to the university. One is heading to graduate school.

Increased Enrollment

Launched in 2010, UA was the first university in the U.S. to offer a BS degree in corrosion engineering. The university plans to expand the program to include Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in the future.

About 100 students are enrolled in the program, with about 50 incoming freshman expected in the fall, a university spokesperson told PaintSquare News.

The program was developed at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight.

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"The program here at UA takes a multidisciplinary approach to corrosion, so a graduate from our school is able to work in any industry to solve any corrosion problem," said Stephen Callow, one of the program's graduates.

Richard Hays, deputy director of the DoD's Corrosion Policy and Oversight, sat on stage at the commencement ceremony to honor the first class of graduates.

Meeting Growing Demand

Corrosion costs the country an estimated $400 billion per year, according to the university.

"The university introduced the corrosion engineering program as a response to one of our nation's most costly and crippling issues, aging infrastructure, and a growing demand from corporations and potential employers, said Dr. George Haritos, dean of the College of Engineering.

The program was initiated with a goal of preparing corrosion engineers to tackle the growing corrosion problem by bridging the work of scientists who research and develop technology with technicians who apply that technology in the field, according to the university.

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"Historic day! 1st graduates, corrosion engineering bachelor's degree program in the country!" tweeted University of Akron President Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D.

The five-year program blends traditional science and engineering with a strong corrosion-specific core and integrates management courses and cooperative education experiences.

"We are extremely proud to see our students, the country's first, develop and execute solutions that address corrosion and meet the intentions and expectations of the program and their employers," Haritos said.

Any Industry, Any Problem

"We understand both theory and its application," said Stephen Callow, one of the program's graduates.

Callow will go one to work for BP Pipelines in Naperville, IL. He completed four cooperative education assignments with BP America, ranging from its Upstream Engineering Center in Houston to the North Slope of Alaska.

In addition to Callow, the graduates are Stephen Ball, Derrick Coy, David Keith Dahlstein, Zackary Lerch, Kyle Platt, Ian Coleman, Timothy Robertson, Jacob Sines and David Waligorski.

"The program here at UA takes a multidisciplinary approach to corrosion, so a graduate from our school is able to work in any industry to solve any corrosion problem," Callow said.


Tagged categories: Colleges and Universities; Corrosion; Department of Defense (DOD); Education; Engineers; North America; Program/Project Management

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