A Letter from the President
I want to thank everyone for the privilege of serving as President of the NACE International Foundation. I am delighted with our achievements and along with the NACE Foundation Board of Directors, I am equally as excited to focus on our strategic initiatives for next year. We conducted a Strategic Planning session in June 2016, which has enabled us as a Board to concentrate on specific activities this year that best support our Mission. I would like to thank each of you that contributed your thoughts and perspective to this effort.
This next year, the NACE Foundation will serve a specific purpose to inspire the future workforce to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We will do this through focused efforts to provide Corrosion Toolkits (cKits™) to high school teachers through our partnership with ASM Foundation’s Teacher Materials Camps. This collection of corrosion and science-related experiments provides each student with a hands-on introduction to our industry. If every teacher introduced this to every student in his or her classroom, we have the potential to reach over 60,000 students annually.
We will continue our efforts to distribute Academic Scholarships to outstanding students exemplifying academic excellence in pursuing science and engineering disciplines. In addition, Travel Assistance will be awarded to students participating in the Student Poster Session or technical program at NACE’s annual CORROSION conference. And, for a fourth consecutive year, the NACE Foundation will recognize two students that demonstrate excellence in leadership to NACE International, NACE Student Chapters, or the ACC Student Sub-committee, through our Outstanding Student Award program.
We will also host approximately fifty local high school students at the CORROSION: Opportunities Realized mini-camp during CORROSION 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. These students will spend a full day under the guidance of two master teachers to complete cKit™ experiments and under the supervision of volunteers, receive a guided tour of the exhibit hall floor to interact with industry professionals and university students to learn more about research and careers in the field of corrosion.
Also continuing is our Workforce Development Program, which assists returning veterans in receiving NACE International education courses and certifications to earn valuable credentials to enter the corrosion workforce. Each veteran is paired with a mentor to guide him or her through the process and enable the veteran to maximize the value of the program.
As I look forward to the next year of my presidency, I am excited at the opportunities and challenges the NACE Foundation will face. Our efforts to reach younger students and new workforce members is predicated on the generous support we receive from our donors. I offer my sincerest thank you to each of you for your time, energy, effort, and support of the NACE Foundation. Because of you, we continue to affect the lives of a new generation of corrosion professionals and take steps each day to fulfill our Mission.
President, NACE Foundation | Williams Companies