AMPP Releases Details on DoD Corrosion Conference


The Association for Materials Protection and Performance has announced the dates and schedule for their upcoming 2023 Department of Defense Corrosion Prevention Technology and Innovation Symposium, scheduled to take place from August 14-17 at the El Conquistador Hilton Hotel in Tuscon, Arizona.

The conference, hosted by AMPP in conjunction with the DoD, will reportedly include workshops, educational courses on Aerospace Maintenance and basic corrosion, focused tracks, a corrosion poster competition and more. Previously on a three-year hiatus, this year’s symposium will be the first one held since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to a statement from the DoD, the theme for this year’s conference will be “Corrosion Prevention as a Readiness Enabler.”

The symposium will reportedly run from Aug. 14 to 17 and will include:

  • Corrosion and Coatings for the Aerospace Maintainer - A course to support corrosion prevention and control during the sustainment life cycle of the Department of Defense systems. The course will reportedly familiarize aerospace maintainers with corrosion mitigation and coating application practices through multiple workshops and problem-solving exercises;
  • Student Research in Progress Symposium (SRIP) - An event to encourage graduate and undergraduate students interested in becoming professional corrosion scientists, engineers, or technologists the opportunity to present ongoing research;
  • Student Poster Session (SPS) – Split into three categories, the poster session will evaluate projects pertaining to corrosion science, corrosion engineering and applied corrosion technology the SPS chair will reportedly determine which posters will be presented based on the abstracts submitted by each team; and
  • Young Professionals + Mentor Event - An event to provide opportunities for individuals new to the DoD to engage with established members on topics ranging from career path options to technology development, to navigating the DoD. The event is open to all and will include brief presentations from longterm members of the DoD Corrosion Control Community followed by a question-and-answer period, with time for open discussion and networking.

Additionally, an exhibition hall for industry product and service providers, as well as the student posters and poster judging, will be open from Aug. 14 to 15, for members to engage with the next generation of corrosion engineers and network with professionals in the reception hall.

The DoD states that the symposium is the only official DoD conference that is solely focused on impacts, mitigation and prevention of corrosion on weapon systems, equipment and facilities and is “co-located” with the Defense Corrosion Exhibition.

A release from the DoD, included in the event's brochure, states that the conference works to facilitate the exchange of information and share ideas, capabilities, initiatives and lessons learned between all members of the DoD corrosion community, as well as members of corrosion prevention and control organizations.

The conference will conclude on Thursday afternoon with a meeting on corrosion prevention from 1 to 3 p.m. More information about the event, including the brochure with an in-depth schedule for each day, can be found here.

Previous Conferences

In 2017, The U.S. Department of Defense’s DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference was held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, in Birmingham, Alabama.

The four-day event, presented by the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, brought together corrosion experts and representatives of militaries based around the world and was administered by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, prior to its merger with NACE International to form AMPP.

James MacStravic, who was performing the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, delivered the keynote address at the conference, speaking on the importance of international cooperation in combating corrosion in military applications.

Corrosion Office Chief Engineer Richard Kinzie also delivered a keynote luncheon talk on biases in government and public-sector decisionmakers, as well as how the corrosion-control community has improved its approach to these decisionmakers.

Technical session topics included:

  • Accelerated Weathering Testing;
  • Paints and Coatings: Primers;
  • Paints and Coatings: Systems;
  • Corrosion Policy; and
  • Surface Preparation & Pretreatments.

Additionally, a workshop included invited speakers from the U.S. Coast Guard and the navies of the U.K., Chile, Germany and Australia.

The 2019 DoD-Allied Nations Technical Conference, again administered by SSPC, was held Aug. 12-15, 2019, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Technical proceedings from the 2019 conference can be found here.


Tagged categories: AMPP; Coating Materials; Conferences; CORROSION; Corrosion protection; Department of Defense (DOD); DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference; Meetings; NA; North America; Poster session; Program/Project Management; Symposium

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