2017 Founders Award Recipient – Dr. Neil G. Thompson, Ph.D.


C12T7831Dr. Neil G. Thompson was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Founders Award for his longstanding vision, countless years of service, and generous financial commitment to STEM education and the corrosion industry during his tenure with the NACE Foundation.

A NACE member of more than 40 years, Dr. Thompson is a NACE Fellow, Past President of NACE International Foundation (2008-2015), and Past President of NACE International (2005-2006).  He currently serves on the Nominating Committee of NACE International, and continues his service to the NACE Foundation through his volunteer efforts on the Governance Committee.

Founding CC Technologies, Inc. in 1985, Dr. Thompson established a leading materials science and corrosion research consulting firm, with a focus in the pipeline industry.  CC Technologies was acquired by DNV GL in 2005.  That same year, Dr. Thompson was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.

Dr. Thompson has directed thirty-two major research projects and numerous field studies examining different aspects of corrosion and cathodic protection.  Among them are projects performed for the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), the Gas Research Institute (GRI), the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), the Federal Highway Administration, the Strategic Highway Research Program and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).  He served as Project Manager for the forensic investigation of the blowout preventer recovered from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig failure (2010 Gulf oil spill) for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

He co-authored “Corrosion Cost and Preventive Strategies in the United States” in 2000 that established the economic impact of corrosion in the United States at $276 billion annually, and co-authored the 2015 IMPACT (International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies) Study that examined the role of corrosion management in industry best practices.

His passion to foster the future generation of corrosion professionals was highlighted in 2014, as he presented the Plenary Lecture, titled “What a Career in Corrosion Can Mean” during the CORROSION 2014 conference and expo in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Thompson has a long and distinguished history of service to both NACE International and the NACE Foundation, and continues to enthusiastically support the Foundation in its mission to inspire the future workforce to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  On behalf of the NACE Foundation Board of Directors, we are humbled and honored to present Dr. Neil G. Thompson with the 2017 Founders Award.

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