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:
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.
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:
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.