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

R.A. Brannon Award

2018 Recipient(s)

  • Aida Lopez-Garrity

    Ms. Aida Lopez-Garrity

    Ms. Lopez-Garrity has 36 years of experience in corrosion and materials engineering and the application of pipeline integrity measures to buried pipelines, compressor stations, and petrochemical plants. She has managed programs in all aspects of direct assessment, cathodic protection, corrosion monitoring, welding, protective coatings, inline inspection, nondestructive evaluation, and structure integrity including external, internal, and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) evaluations and repair strategies.

    During her 35 years as a member of NACE, she has served in various leadership capacities on an association level as a member of the Annual Conference Program Committee, Specific Technology Groups (STGs), and Task Groups (TGs). She also led the NACE TG that developed the first external corrosion direct assessment (ECDA) procedure, and NACE Confirmatory Direct Assessment Methodology, which serves as a guide to the pipeline industry.

    At the top of the list of her technical contributions is her involvement with the 2002 TG charged with development of an ECDA. The work of this TG resulted in the publishing of NACE RP0502. Now SP0502-2010, this standard practice, “Pipeline External Corrosion Direct Assessment Methodology,” has become a joint standard between ANSI and NACE and has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
    Safety Administration (PHMSA) as part of pipeline operator regulations.

    Ms. Lopez-Garrity is in the process of coauthoring two books. The books on ECDA and internal corrosion direct assessment (ICDA) will significantly add to the public information available to the corrosion community on these two important topics. In 2014, Ms. Lopez-Garrity was selected to be part of a small group that came together to launch the “Engaging Women in Leadership” forum for CORROSION 2016. This inaugural event launched in Vancouver with over 200 attendees who gathered to hear about ensuring the engagement of the entire talent pool of NACE membership, regardless of gender or nationality. The role of mentor is very important to her, to mentor women both within NACE and throughout the corrosion industry.

    Ms. Aida Lopez-Garrity is with Mears Group, Inc. and resides in Dublin, Ohio, USA.