14 March 2013
Posted in Corrosion: The Silent Menace
“An essential element in developing improved corrosion control and management practices throughout the national infrastructure is better education of the nation's engineers.” - Committee of Assessing Corrosion Education of the National Research Council (2009).
The corrosion crisis in America is growing faster than we can fix it. Corrosion endangers our nation’s safety and economy, causing broken infrastructure, oil leaks and even one-half of power outages. More than one-fourth of the bridges in the country are structurally deficient due to corrosion.
These scary statistics show the importance of corrosion awareness and prevention. We achieve this goal through education. To fight the ongoing war against corrosion, we need more people who are trained to battle it.
The U.S. is currently experiencing a high demand for corrosion engineers and professionals. The university that is ahead of the curve in preparing the next generation of corrosion experts is the University of Akron (UA) in Ohio. It is the only American university to offer an undergraduate degree in corrosion engineering.
The bachelor’s of science in corrosion engineering offered at UA aims to create knowledgeable professionals with a hands-on experience in the disciplines of chemical, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering as well as physics and modeling. UA also houses the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP). The center conducts research, provides continuing education courses for workers to update or acquire new skills and hosts outreach activities to raise awareness of corrosion control.
The Science Center’s newest exhibit “Corrosion: The Silent Menace” has a wealth of information about careers in corrosion. You can hear from UA alumni about their careers in corrosion engineering and learn about the professional opportunities offered by the U.S. Department of Defense for corrosion experts. Be sure to check it out!