• NACE equips society to protect people, assets and
    the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion.

H.H. Uhlig Award

Previous Recipients

  • 2017 - Dr. Brian J. Connolly
    Dr. Brian J. Connolly Dr. Connolly is being recognized for his exemplary achievement in the supervision and instruction of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research in the area of materials degradation associated with power generation.

    Over the past 10 years, Dr. Connolly has designed and lectured on five 11-week equivalent courses relating to environmental degradation of materials. During his time at the University of Birmingham, he also redesigned a third year undergraduate lab taught to the nuclear engineering cohort in the area of radiation detectors. At the University of Manchester, Dr. Connolly redesigned the long standing Master’s program in Corrosion Control Engineering, emphasizing aspects of high-temperature oxidation and degradation.

    Dr. Connolly has been heavily involved in NACE and its various educational activities throughout his career. Since 2005, he served on the Board of Trustees for the NACE Great Britain Section as university liaison officer. During this period, Dr. Connolly, managed to award 47 individual travel scholarships to enable students from institutions in the United Kingdom to attend and present their work at the annual NACE conference. Dr. Connolly established the first NACE student section in the United Kingdom at the University of Birmingham and is currently in the process of creating a second NACE student section at the University of Manchester.

    Dr. Brian Connolly is with the University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 2016 - NONE

    It is with regret that the H.H. Uhlig Award will not be presented to a recipient for 2016.


  • 2015 - NONE
    It is with regret that the H.H. Uhlig Award will not be presented to a recipient for 2015.
  • 2014 - Y. Frank Cheng
    Y. Frank ChengAs a professor at the University of Calgary, Dr. Cheng has spearheaded corrosion education, engaging students in corrosion studies and developing the next generation of corrosion specialists while advancing corrosion awareness. Dr. Cheng has engaged in academic teaching and has played a lead role in establishing corrosion within the graduate and undergraduate curricula at the university.

    In addition to teaching corrosion at his university, Dr. Cheng has fostered educational development through industrial, governmental, and other professional contacts, which creates innovative ideas for solving problems arising from industrial experts and university academics. Thus far, Dr. Cheng has supervised 11 postdoctoral fellows, nine Ph.D. students, 10 Master of Science students, and two thesis-based Master of Engineering students.

    Dr. Cheng has demonstrated his teaching excellence in high-level teaching skills, cutting-edge subjects, dedication to training high-quality personnel, and close involvement with community services. His contribution to the corrosion society by disseminating a wide spectrum of knowledge in corrosion science and engineering is evident not only in his work as an outstanding researcher, but also as an outstanding teacher.

    Professor Y. Frank Cheng is with the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • 2013 - Amir Eliezer
    Amir EliezerSince 2003, Dr. Amir Eliezer has successfully promoted corrosion education in Israel at
    undergraduate and graduate levels, adopting a combination of thorough scientific formation
    with practical hands-on experience. Presentations in courses by Dr. Eliezer emphasize not only
    theoretical and technical aspects, but also the need for today’s engineers to think globally, teaching his students how to work with professionals and network internationally.
    As the faculty advisor for the NACE Israel Negev Student Section, Dr. Eliezer supports the regular scientific and social activities of the participating students. Dr. Eliezer supports his student section members both academically and financially, assisting students to receive scholarships and travel assistance to attend NACE’s annual conference.
    Dr. Eliezer is a young educator who has proven outstanding effectiveness in corrosion education, by conveying and instilling in students the principles and applications of corrosion science and technology. Additionally, Dr. Eliezer encourages his students to enter professional pursuits in defining and mitigating corrosion problems. Dr. Eliezer’s enthusiasm for the field of corrosion has permeated his students, who are excited about the field of corrosion—both research and applied mitigation—as a result of his efforts.

    Dr. Amir Eliezer is with Sami Shamoon College of Engineering, Omer, Israel.

  • 2012 - Nick Birbilis

    The H.H. Uhlig Award is given in recognition of outstanding effectiveness in post-secondary corrosion education as exhibited by an educator who excites their students through outstanding and innovative teaching in corrosion. To qualify, nominations must be received within 10 years of the nominee entering the field of education. An educator may qualify who has effectively conveyed and instilled in students the principles and applications of corrosion science and technology, and has stimulated students to enter professional pursuits in defining and mitigating corrosion problems.

    The 2012 H.H. Uhlig Award Recipient is Nick Birbilis.

    Dr. Nick Birbilis is recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments in mentoring and educating students in corrosion and corrosion science.


    Dr. Birbilis has shown that he considers teaching to extend beyond the classroom and encourages the transferring of knowledge towards his students in a research setting. Teaching involves both mentorship and classroom instruction. Dr. Birbilis has a huge research effort that is supporting a large number of students, including postdocs and several undergraduates. Dr. Birbilis is an innovative educator who adopts a practical action-oriented approach to his undergraduate teaching, which is reflected in the high student unit evaluation scores he routinely receives.

    Dr. Birbilis's diligence, bright mind, inquisitive nature, and unwavering commitment to helping others has led him to achieve success not only in the classroom, but in the industry as well.

    Dr. Nick Birbilis is with Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.


  • 2011 - Dr. Thomas Ladwein
    LadweinSince 2003, Dr. Ladwein has held the chair for electrochemistry, corrosion, corrosion control and tribology in the School for Surface Materials Science at Aalen University of Applied Sciences in Aalen, Germany. Dr. Ladwein’s teaching strategy bases on thorough scientific education in combination with hands-on-experience.

    In addition to the multiple courses that are taught by Dr. Ladwein under the Bachelor and Master Program, he has also successfully worked on newly introducing a course on Chemical Thermodynamics since 2004, and successfully implemented a course on Corrosion and Corrosion Control in the Program for Mechanical Engineers in 2008.

    Dr. Ladwein has consistently gone beyond his official duties as professor not only providing new learning opportunities and new courses at his University, but also by encouraging and supporting the participation of interested students at national and international events and conferences. In 2009, Dr. Ladwein initiated the formation of the NACE Aalen Student Section Germany and acts as the faculty advisor.

    NACE proudly recognizes Professor Thomas Ladwein as the 2011 recipient of the Uhlig Award.

    Dr. Thomas Ladwein is a professor at Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Aalen, Germany.
  • 2010 - Noam Eliaz
    Noam ElizProfessor Eliaz has been successful in establishing graduate and undergraduate corrosion programs as well as the largest corrosion laboratory in Israeli academia at Tel-Aviv University. He is the founder and/or lecturer of seven different courses in the study of materials and corrosion at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and for students seeking degrees in many different scientific disciplines.

    He established the first corrosion course at Tel-Aviv University. In the framework of this course, he was the first educator in Israel to dedicate one lecture to corrosion costs and surveys conducted worldwide. The graduate courses that he teaches, including Corrosion Engineering, are among the most popular courses in the Faculty of Engineering and attract many undergraduate and graduate students, including students from other faculties.

    Eliaz has successfully established the largest corrosion lab in Israeli academia. The lab attracts many graduate students, most of whom have received their degree cum laude. Nationally, the lab has become one of the major sources of employees in the field of corrosion.

    He led the design of an extended M.Sc.-Ph.D. interfaculty Materials and Nanotechnologies Program, a joint venture of five faculties, which officially launched this academic year. Currently, he is working on the foundation of a new Department of Materials Engineering at Tel-Aviv University.

    During his short time in the field of education, Eliaz has advised numerous B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. students, many of whom have been recognized for excellence locally and, in some cases, internationally

    From 2003 to 2005, Eliaz served as the chairman of the Israel Section of NACE. During that time period, he initiated many educational activities such as seminars, workshops, intensive courses on topics such as cathodic protection, and industry visits, exposing young professional students to the corrosion problems encountered in different industries and approaches to mitigate them.

    NACE proudly recognizes Noam Eliaz as the 2010 recipient of the Uhlig Award.

    Noam Eliaz is an associate professor at Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
  • 2009 - Not presented
  • 2008 - Sannakaisa Virtanen
  • 2007 - Srdjan Nesic
  • 2006 - Pedro Castro– Borges
  • 2005 - Patrik Schmuki
  • 2004 - Alison Davenport
  • 2003 - No recipient
  • 2002 - R.G. Buchheit Jr.
  • 2001 - No Recipient
  • 2000 - G.S. Frankel
  • 1999 - R.G. Kelly
  • 1998 - No Recipient
  • 1997 - J.R. Scully
  • 1996 - B.A. Shaw