The NACE International Detroit Section presented its first annual academic scholarships during its “Education Night” meeting held October 17, 2007. The NACE Eastern Area contributed $1,000 of the $2,000 awarded. The two $1,000 award recipients were Kevin Kasunic and Garrett Gonzalo, who are engineering students at the University of Michigan. The students each wrote an essay on corrosion control and submitted them to the NACE Foundation for evaluation and selection. According to NACE Foundation Coordinator Heather Lowry, the selection of recipients was challenging because of the high quality of the submissions—there were three very well-written essays vying for two scholarships.
Section Chair James Card (TransCanada–U.S. Pipelines Central) says, “This was a historic event for the Detroit Section. Gene Engerer (Consumers Energy) and Frank Rampton (Trenton Corp.) worked very hard over the last year and a half to make this scholarship program a success.” Says Engerer, “I really enjoy giving out money. I am looking forward to next year!”
In addition to the scholarship presentation, NACE Education Director Mike Moss discussed several changes in NACE education programs and Sue Louscher (University of Akron) described the university’s mission to develop a B.S. degree in corrosion engineering. (—Jim Warner)
Originally published in Materials Performance, January 2008