2015 Outstanding Student Award Recipient – Mary Cole

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Mary Cole, University of Akron

Awards-OSA_Mary ColeMary is an outstanding member of the Corrosion Engineering community, from her service to the University of Akron’s Corrosion Engineering degree and Corrosion Squad, to her volunteer activities with NACE International and the NACE Foundation. She is a fourth year student in the Corrosion Engineering degree program at the University of Akron and an active member of the UA NACE student chapter or “Corrosion Squad,” where she has served in leadership positions as Secretary, Vice President, and President.

Mary regularly serves in an ambassador capacity, reaching out to current and prospective students and encouraging the study and research of corrosion and materials. Her willingness to volunteer for campus events is unprecedented, and her extracurricular activities expanded to include research in Dr. Joe Payer’s laboratory in 2012 where she worked on projects related to galvanic corrosion of commercial aircraft.

Mary has attended NACE’s CORROSION conference several times where she has accepted a number of NACE scholarship awards including the NACE Past President’s Scholarship; MTI Bert Krisher Memorial Scholarship; Gordon Rankin Corrosion Engineering Scholarship; Hans Schmoldt Scholarship in Cathodic Protection, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings Academic Scholarship, and the Akron-NACE Foundation BP Scholarship. Mary has also participated in other development activities during CORROSION, including but not limited to volunteering at NACE Foundation fundraisers, attending exposition events, and running in the NACE Race. At CORROSION 2014, she was also asked to interview for NACE International’s “I Am NACE” video project.

Mary recently completed her third Co-Op rotation at BP in Alaska. When she was working at BP in the Houston, TX office, she attended and actively participated at NACE Houston Section meetings. She also participated in a Coatings Inspector Program course (CIP I), has volunteered with the ASM Foundation, and was selected as an ambassador to the Offshore Technology Conference. Mary’s dedication to promoting NACE International and opportunities in the corrosion industry are unparalleled by her peers.


The Outstanding Student Award is awarded by the NACE Foundation and was created to recognize exceptional service to NACE International or the NACE International Foundation by a NACE student member in good standing.

Click here for more information on how to submit a nomination for the 2016 Outstanding Student Award.

This award was made possible thank to the generous support of:

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