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Coatings+ Comes to a Close

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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After a long and busy week of technical sessions, training courses, networking opportunities and exhibitions, SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019 conference began to wind down Wednesday and Thursday with some of the traditional end-of-show events and a couple of newer surprises that kept attendees interested until the very end.

Student Poster Session

The annual SSPC Student Poster Session went up for display in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, highlighting projects from undergraduate and post-graduate students conducting protective coatings-based research.

A panel of SSPC judges considered this year’s posters, and on Wednesday afternoon, the first-, second- and third-place posters were recognized in front of an eager audience gathered inside the exhibit hall.

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The annual SSPC Student Poster Session went up for display in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, highlighting projects from undergraduate and post-graduate students conducting protective coatings-based research. The first-place winner was “Coatings Application to Mitigate Biofouling and MIC of Steel in Florida Coastal and River Water Bodies,” by Samanbar Permeh, Florida International Universtity, seen here with SSPC Executive Director Bill Worms.

The winning 2019 posters are as follows.

  • First place: “Coatings Application to Mitigate Biofouling and MIC of Steel in Florida Coastal and River Water Bodies,” by Samanbar Permeh, Florida International Universtity.  
  • Second place: “Synthesis and Incorporation of Model Hydrogel Particles to Quantify and Understand the Importance of Water Management in Protective Coating Systems,” by Jessica M. Davison, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Third place: “Bio-Based Coatings as Effective Contact Kill Anti-Bacterial Agents,” by Karan Bansal, North Dakota State University.

SSPC congratulates the winners and all of the other student posters for their dedication to their work and finding solutions to challenges faced in the coatings field.

PCS and Young Professionals Happy Hour

As part of SSPC’s ongoing effort to link industry newcomers with longtime veterans, the annual SSPC PCS and Young Professionals Happy Hour convened Wednesday evening in the Monterrey meeting room.

Bringing together young coatings professionals and SSPC-certified Protective Coatings Specialists (PCSs), the event serves as an ideal networking opportunity where the next generation of paint pros can pick the brains of their more established industry colleagues in a casual setting.

Sponsored by PPG, the happy hour opened with welcome remarks from Dede Dolkar and Feby Mathew of Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding. Next, Scott Doering, director of protective and marine coatings for PPG, shared a story of one of his former interns who is now a director within the company, hoping to hear similar young professional success stories in the future.

As part of SSPC’s ongoing effort to link industry newcomers with longtime veterans, the annual SSPC PCS and Young Professionals Happy Hour convened Wednesday evening in the Monterrey meeting room.

Kristin Leonard, an SSPC Board of Governors member and one of the happy hour organizers, lauded the growth of the yearly event and pointed to the number of past poster session participants who are now attending the conference as industry professionals as just one of many positive signs for the industry’s future.

Lastly, SSPC President Garry Manous offered a few words on his hopes for young people in the industry before the group got back to chatting over drinks and finger foods.

Closing Blast

The final bell for Coatings+ 2019 rang at the Closing Blast in the Coronado ballroom on Thursday night.

The annual get-together serves as one final chance for Coatings+ staff and attendees to mingle and share lessons learned and stories told over the past week. Two special prizes were also awarded at this year’s closing party.

Over the course of the week, SSPC encouraged attendees to join in the second annual Step-It-Up Challenge in an effort to keep Coatings+ participants as active and engaged in the conference as possible. Using step counters included in the conference registration packets, attendees tracked each and every step through the Coronado Springs Resort. This year’s top three steppers each received a FitBit watch for their efforts.

Finally, a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, donated by the Laborers International Union of North America, was raffled off at the Closing Blast for one of the lucky individuals in attendance.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Associations; Conferences; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; SSPC; SSPC Coatings+ 2019

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