The NACE Foundation board of directors would like to thank Carboline Company for its recent $35,000 donation. One of the world’s leading suppliers of corrosion resistant products, Carboline has contributed $20,000 to NACE Foundation’s Workforce Development Program for Veterans; and the remaining $15,000 will fund a scholarship that will be awarded to a student enrolled in the nation’s first dedicated corrosion degree program at the University of Akron, Ohio.
“The commitment exemplifies that Carboline is well aware of the $300 billion corrosion problem that our nation faces, as well as our industry’s dire need for more corrosion professionals,” said Manny Mones, executive director for the NACE Foundation. “It is through the support of companies like Carboline that the Foundation is able to continue attracting focused and passionate young minds to the industry.”
The announcement was made at NACE Foundation’s annual scholarship awards program held during NACE International’s CORROSION 2010 conference. Doug Moore, Carboline’s vice president of global marketing, and Joe Payer, professor of Corrosion and Reliability Engineering at The University of Akron, both attended the ceremony.
“At Carboline, investing in the future of our industry is important to us and we believe the best way to do this is through our ongoing financial commitment to the NACE Foundation,” says Moore. “Both the Workforce Development Program for Veterans and the student scholarship are vital ways Carboline can help develop corrosion professionals who will join us in protecting our infrastructure through corrosion prevention and maintenance.”
Payer, who will lead the research portion of UA’s new program, mentioned that initial funding for the program was provided by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight. Students enrolled in the program, which will be housed in the university’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will focus on teaching and research.
“The launching of our new corrosion degree program is in response to strong demand from industry and the U.S. Department of Defense for corrosion experts. It comes at an opportune time when a large percentage of our current corrosion workforce is approaching retirement,” says Payer, who is also a NACE Fellow and NACE past president.“We are extremely grateful that Carboline and the NACE Foundation have partnered together to support students in our program with this scholarship. It shows that both organizations are sincerely dedicated to the advancement of the corrosion industry and the development of the next generation of corrosion leaders.”
Originally published in Materials Performance, May 2010