Defense Deparment Issues Corrosion Awards


As part of the DoD-Allied Nations Corrosion Conference, which wrapped up Thursday (Aug. 10), the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office has announced its 2017 awards for lifetime achievement and research excellence in corrosion science, corrosion engineering and corrosion technology.

Opening cermonies for the awards presentation were executed by the 117th Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard of the Birmingham Air National Guard base.

Hays Honored

The 2017 Ralph P.I. Adler Award was presented to Richard A. Hays, Deputy Director of the Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, for extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in combating corrosion and material degradation throughout his career.

“Hays’ leadership was vital to the fight against a $23 billion corrosion challenge, as he brought down the cost of corrosion, improved weapon system availability and extended the useful service life of facility and infrastructure projects across the Department,” said corrosion office director Daniel J. Dunmire.

Hays was recognized for efficiently executing as much as $40 million in fiscal year funds to meet strategic department goals in addressing corrosion issues. “His role in providing the best corrosion expertise positively impacted source selection evaluations, system performance trade-offs and logistics support decisions,” Dunmire said.

Additional Research Awards

The DoD Corrosion Office also recognized five out of a total of 149 authors for their work in the field.

Air National Guard color guard

Opening cermonies for the awards presentation were executed by the 117th Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard of the Birmingham Air National Guard base.

Winning the top prize in the realm of corrosion management was Meghan McGinley (U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command), whose work examined current methods of equipment storage and weighed various methods to achieve the most cost-effective method to optimize protection over the life of a weapon system.

In the category of corrosion science, Elmira Ghanbari (University of California at Berkeley) won for her investigation of the influence of lithium content on the passivity breakdown of an aluminum alloy, experimentally, using a point defect model.

In corrosion technology, Erica Macha (Southwest Research Institute) received the top award for exploring the effects of aerospace primers on galvanic multi-electrode arrays in controlled relative humidity environments.

In the area of corrosion-resistant materials, Sergei Shipilov (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) received the top honor for his study of fielded, double V-hull Stryker light-armored vehicles found to have structural cracking issues that affected availability.

And in the realm of facilities and infrastructure, Michael McInerney (U.S. Army Construction Engineer Research Laboratory) won first place for examining the effectiveness of material upgrades to steel water pumps that experience failures and significant downtime due to their exposure to alternate wet and dry cycles in pump wells.

Student Poster Honors

Out of 40 scientific posters, the DoD Corrosion Office recognized three outstanding competitors from a rich pool of graduate and undergraduate students representing universities across the country.

Bob Peterson (University of Southern Mississippi) received the Milton Levy Award for Corrosion Science. Peterson’s poster focused on how the location, persistence and bound nature of water in protective, polymer-based surface coatings play a crucial role in anti-corrosion performance, concentrating on the relationship between free and bound water and ion mobility.

Austin Maples (University of Southern Mississippi) won the Robert J. Ferrara Award for Corrosion Engineering. His project involved developing sensors that identified water ingress into coatings, and then modeling those ingress rates as a function of the various coating chemistries.

And Michael Melia received the Richard (Dick) Kinzie Award for Applied Corrosion Technology. His poster explored how laser treatment has been used to process magnesium alloys to remove surface secondary particles.

The 2017 DoD-Allied Nations Corrosion Conference was administered by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Conferences; Corrosion; Department of Defense (DOD); DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference; NA; North America; Poster session; Program/Project Management; Research

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