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Technical Achievement Award

Previous Recipients

  • 2017 - Andy Gysbers
    Andy Gysbers

    Equity Engineering Group
    Richmond Hills, Ontario, Canada

    Recognized for his long-term dedication to solving problems, sharing information, and improving safety and reliability in all aspects of the refining industry, corrosion, and materials degradation. 

  • 2017 - Sandra Hernandez
    Sandra Hernandez

    Chevron Energy Technology Company
    Houston, Texas, USA

    Recognized for her 23 years of work advancing the state of corrosion mitigation for the oil and gas industry worldwide.








  • 2017 - Xiaogang Li
    Xiaogang Li

    University of Science & Technology Beijing
    Beijing, China

    Recognized for outstanding contributions in corrosion data sharing and achievements in broad aspects of corrosion research and education.








  • 2017 - Bruce Pint, FNACE
    Bruce Pint 2017

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

    Recognized for developing a comprehensive theory to explain the effects of minor alloy additions in improving oxidation resistance.







  • 2017 - Patrick Teevens
    Patrick Teevens

    Broadsword Corrosion Engineering Ltd.
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Recognized for developing successful internal pipeline prediction models in wet gas, wet sour gas, and sour multiphase flow crude oil and hydrocarbon refinery products pipelines.





  • 2016 - Sankara Papavinasam, FNACE
    Sankara Papavinasam

     CorrMagnet Consulting, Inc.
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Recognized for advancing the understanding of corrosion and empowering others with the information and ability to handle corrosion challenges.

  • 2016 - Minxu Lu
    Minxu Lu

     University of Science and Technology Protection Center
    Beijing, China

    For his remarkable contributions in corrosion fatigue, pipeline integrity, internal carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide corrosion, cathodic protection, AC/DC interference, and pipeline mitigation. 

  • 2016 - Zahid Amjad
    Zahid Amjad

     Division of Mathematics and Sciences, Walsh University
    N. Canton, Ohio, USA

    Recognized as a leader in science of scale and deposit control and for his contribution to NACE symposia and publications.

  • 2016 - Raymundo Case
    Raymundo Case

     ConocoPhillips Company
    Houston, Texas, USA

    Recognized for bridging the divide between research and engineering by developing first principle approaches to solve challenging engineering problems.

  • 2016 - Daniel Powell
    Daniel Powell

     Williams Midstream
    Bixby, Oklahoma, USA

    Recognized for demonstrating outstanding skill as an individual investigator, engineer, and an educator, which has resulted in solutions for complex corrosion control problems in the oil and gas production industries.

  • 2015 - Dr. Anthony Gerbino
    Dr. Anthony Gerbino


    Danville, New Jersey, USA

    Recognized for the effective application of simulation software to address corrosion and scaling issues in many different process situations.








  • 2015 - Jan Larsen
    Jan Larsen

    Maersk Oil and Gas A/S

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Recognized for being a pioneer in the development and implementations of molecular microbiological methods for diagnostics and monitoring of microbiological influenced corrosion in the oil and gas industry.







  • 2015 - Mohsen Achour
    Mohsen Achour


    Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA

    Recognized for his many contributions to corrosion engineering including the application of corrosion inhibitor technology, corrosion monitoring, corrosion prediction, and modeling.







  • 2015 - Vilupanur Ravi
    Vilupanur Ravi

    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    Pomona, California, USA

    Recognized for pioneering work on the development of a new class of advanced titanium alloys for structural applications, especially in regard to understanding the corrosion behavior of the alloys.





  • 2014 - Dr. Dharma Abayarathna

    Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
    Dr. Abayarathna is recognized for her wide-ranging and significant technical contributions to the mechanistic aspects of the corrosion process in the oil and gas industry.







  • 2014 - Dr. Ali N. Moosavi

    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Dr. Moosavi is recognized for his wide-ranging contributions to the field of corrosion and in particular his influential and highly innovative work in relation to development and implementation of a holistic approach to corrosion and integrity management of sub-surface and surface facilities in relation to oil and gas production .





  • 2014 - Prof. Noam Eliaz

    Tel Aviv University
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Dr. Eliaz is recognized for outstanding achievements in corrosion research, engineering, and education, with key contributions in electrodeposition of special materials, biomaterials corrosion, and failure analysis in the aircraft, space, medical device, nuclear power generation, and naval industries.





  • 2014 - Dr. Jorge J. Perdomo

    ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Baytown, Texas, U.S.A.
    Dr. Perdomo is recognized for his practical approach on solving corrosion-related problems of pressure equipment via failure analysis, materials selection, life assessment/prediction, and repair methods in the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, and pulp and paper industries.





  • 2014 - Dr. Gary E. Jenneman

    Bartlesville, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
    Dr. Jenneman is recognized as a world expert on the control of reservoir souring, H2S corrosion control, and microbiological-induced corrosion in oil and gas production.






  • 2013 - Dr. Thomas R. Jack
    Jack ThomasUniversity of Calgary
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Dr. Thomas Jack is an internationally recognized technical leader for the applied research has conducted on the role of microbiology in corrosion and industrial processes. His work has significantly advanced our understanding of the role of bacteria oilfield and pipeline corrosion.

  • 2013 - Richard J. Kessler
    Richard KesslerRetired
    Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.
    Richard Kessler is recognized for his many contributions in corrosion research and engineering of prestressed and reinforced concrete structures, concrete durability, and structural materials.

  • 2013 - Teresa Perez
    Teresa PerezTenaris
    Campana, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Teresa Perez is recognized for her wide-ranging and significant technical contributions to the world of corrosion, in particular her groundbreaking work for developing sour service-grade steels, her pioneering work on the effect of alloying elements on the performance improvement of steels, her highly effective activities at NACE, and her training of corrosion and materials engineers.
  • 2013 - Siamack A. Shirazi
    Siamack Shirazi

    University of Tulsa
    Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
    Professor Siamack Shirazi’s 22 years of research has advanced the state-of-the-art in the important field of erosion-corrosion mitigation for oilfield applications and he is known worldwide.



  • 2013 - Dr. Malgorzata Ziomek-Moroz
    Malgorzata Ziomek-MorozNational Energy Technology Laboratory
    Albany, Oregon, U.S.A.
    Dr. Ziomek-Moroz has used corrosion processes for surface modifications and electrochemical machining of brittle advanced bulk and thin film metallic materials.
    In the area of gaseous corrosion, her effort has focused on investigating carbon-induced corrosion of alloys in solid oxide fuel cells.
  • 2012 - Professor Behzad Bavarian

    California State University

    Northridge, California, U.S.A.
    Recognized for highly innovative work in relation to corrosion protection of steel rebars in concrete, and pioneering work in the thin film corrosion sensors, as well as groundbreaking activities to corrosion management for advanced aircrafts.






  • 2012 - Dr. Dale R. McIntyre


    Bartlesville, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
    Recognized as a specialist in corrosion control, materials selection, life prediction and asset integrity in oil and gas production, refining, petrochemical, aerospace and marine shipping industries.




  • 2011 - John Dabkowski
    Electro Sciences, Inc.
    Crystal Lake, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • 2011 - Vince Hock
    U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center
    Champaign, Illinois, U.S.A.U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center
    Champaign, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • 2011 - Peter Mayer
    Independent Consultant
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 2011 - Ed Rybicki
    University of Tulsa
    Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  • 2010 - Avtandil Bairamov
    SABIC Technology Center, Jubail, Materials and Corrosion Section, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010 - Alberto Sagüés
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.
  • 2010 - Michel Bonis
    Total S.A., PAU, FRANCE
  • 2010 - Sergei Shipilov
    Metallurgical Consulting Services Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
  • 2010 - John Martin
    BP Exploration Operating Co., Middlesex, U.K.
  • 2009 - Marc Edwards
    Marc Edwards

    Marc Edwards is being honored for excellence in lead and copper corrosion research work that is protecting human health in drinking water systems.

    Edwards is currently the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he teaches courses in environmental engineering and applied aquatic chemistry. Since 1995, undergraduate and graduate students advised by Edwards have won 22 nationally recognized awards for their research work on corrosion and water treatment. Edwards has published more than 93 peer-reviewed journal articles, made more than 100 national and international conference presentations on six continents, and delivered six keynote addresses. Edwards was president of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Science Professors and he testified to the United States Congress on the issue of lead in Washington D.C. drinking water.

    His research group is currently emphasizing research on internal corrosion processes in home plumbing –a problem costing consumers in the U.S. billions of dollars each year and which also can endanger the safety of potable water. The National Science Foundation, individual water utilities and homeowners’ groups, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Research Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the Copper Development Association support that research. His students’ work has been featured in numerous venues, such as Time magazine, Materials Performance magazine, National Public Radio, Prism, Salon, Good Housekeeping, Environmental Science and Technology, Public Works, Earth and Sky, and in newspaper articles around the country.

    In 2004, Time magazine dubbed Edwards “The Plumbing Professor” and listed him amongst the four most important “Innovators” in water from around the world. The White House awarded him a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996. In 1994, 1995, and 2005, Edwards received the Outstanding Paper Award in the Journal of AWWA and he received the H.P. Eddy Medal in 1990 for best research publication by the Water Pollution Control Federation (currently Water Environment Federation). His M.S. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation won national awards from AWWA, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the Water Environment Federation. He was awarded the Walter Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2003, the State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006, and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.

    A 10-year member of NACE International, Edwards received a B.S. degree in Bio-Physics from SUNY Buffalo, and a M.S. degree and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. 

  • 2009 - Michael W. Joosten
    Michael W. Joosten

    Michael Joosten is being honored for his leadership in developing engineering solutions for protecting oil and gas equipment on four continents in the harshest environments, including deep water, sour service, and Arctic conditions.

    He has developed and integrated diverse materials and corrosion control technologies guiding conceptual design and implementation in project engineering, assisting operations in numerous international and deepwater projects.

    Joosten received the Conoco Engineering Excellence Award in 1999 for providing a comprehensive flow assurance solution for a substantial subsea development; incorporating control of corrosion, erosion, and materials selection and for addressing fluid issues; and received the ConocoPhillips Outstanding Mentor Award in 2008. He is also an instructor for the Fun-With-Science elementary education program.

    Joosten has authored more than 30 papers and presentations for NACE International and other industry forums, and holds four U.S. patents. A 30-year member of NACE, Joosten has participated on and chaired numerous NACE technical committees and symposia since 1982, including the MR0175 committee, and the ISO 15156/NACE MR0175 Maintenance Panel, and has held several section officer positions. He is a past chair of the NACE Tulsa Section, where is he currently the section’s trustee.

    Joosten received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and is also a 20-year member of the American Society for Metals (ASM).

    He has been principle engineer and supervisor, materials and inspection, production assurance technology with ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, for 30 years.

  • 2009 - Gabriel Ogundele
    Gabriel Ogundele

    Gabriel Ogundele is being recognized for developing the simulated groundwater electrolyte currently referred to as NS4, which has been in use in most corrosion laboratories worldwide for studying stress corrosion cracking of pipeline steels in near-neutral pH environments for more than 20 years.

    In 1985, the first transgranular cracking incidents were reported in Canadian pipelines. Since the first report on transgranular cracking, a number of similar pipeline failures have been reported around the world. Transgranular stress corrosion cracking (TGSCC) has been associated with near-neutral pH environments, primarily under disbonded coatings. In 1987, based on analysis of solutions from initial failures, Ogundele developed a series of solutions to simulate TGSCC environments in the laboratory, termed NS1, NS2, NS3, and NS4.

    During the 1990s, NS4 became the standard for SCC propagation experiments in most laboratories worldwide, and was used in all 12 papers studying SCC in pipeline steels, as published in the two-volume book Environment-Induced Cracking of Materials, by S.A. Shipilov, R.H. Jones, J.M. Olive, and R.B. Rebak.

    Ogundele has authored more than 30 publications in the field of corrosion science and engineering, and was co-winner with Dr. Larry Paul, B&W Alliance, of the Paul Cohen Memorial Award for the most precise and innovative paper in the field of power systems water technology for the paper entitled “Corrosion Fatigue of Boiler Tubing - Effect of Water Chemistry,” presented at the 54th annual International Water Conference in 1993.

    Ogundele received a higher diploma with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria, and a M.S.degree and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (metallurgy and corrosion) from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    A 30-year member of NACE International, Ogundele has chaired numerous committees and held several leadership positions for the NACE Northern Area and Toronto Section, where he is currently career development and publicity chair.

    Ogundele is a principal scientist with Kinectrics, Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he has been employed for 20 years.

  • 2009 - Brian J. Saldanha
    Brian J. Saldanha

    Brian Saldanha is being recognized for his many contributions to corrosion engineering, including the mechanistic understanding for prediction and control of localized corrosion, corrosion modeling, application of high-performance alloys in the chemical process industries, microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), and specialized on-line corrosion monitoring sensor applications.

    Saldanha, a member of NACE International for over 20 years, has made outstanding technical contributions in corrosion engineering and science with his involvement in various technical and educational activities. He is very well known in the industry and highly respected for his work in multiple areas of corrosion technology, such as the mechanistic understanding for prediction and control of localized corrosion, corrosion modeling, application of high-performance alloys in the chemical process industries (CPI), MIC in water corrosion, and a variety of specialized online corrosion monitoring sensor applications.

    His early work, studying the effect of silicon on the corrosion performance of iron-based alloys, and on the development of electrochemical techniques to determine critical pitting temperatures (CPT) of high-performance alloys in chloride environments, led to him being selected by Materials Technology Institute (MTI) for the National Student Award for Excellence in Corrosion Engineering in 1986.

    Over the past 22 years, with his experience in the CPI, he has been involved with multiple aspects of corrosion engineering such as the understanding of key failure models and application of various high-performance alloys in hazardous and corrosive environments; development and/or enhancements of various laboratory and field corrosion test methods; the understanding and successful implementation of various sophisticated on-line corrosion monitoring sensor technologies; multi-array sensor technology; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy; proactive monitoring techniques for MIC; advanced thermodynamic and kinetics computerized corrosion modeling to predict general or localized corrosion failure modes; and corrosion in cooling waters.

    Saldanha has authored more than 20 technical publications and provided numerous presentations for NACE and many other technical societies. He was profiled as a “Chemical Processing Expert" in the Leaders column in the May 2000 issue of Materials Performance for "Identifying Methods Needed to Combat Increasingly Aggressive Systems,” and his work has produced papers that have been frequently used by materials engineers as primary references for selecting materials for reliable and life cycle cost-effective solutions to chronic corrosion problems.

    He was the recipient of the Bengough Award from the Council of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in 2006, and received the NACE Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

    Saldanha has held membership on and/or chaired more than two dozen technical committees of NACE, and currently serves on the Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) Management Committee, and is chair of the TCC Operations Committee.

    Saldanha received a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) in India, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Delaware.

    He is currently a senior consultant, materials engineering, with Dupont Engineering Research and Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, for R&D and manufacturing facilities worldwide.


  • 2009 - Karol E. Szklarz
    Karol E. Szklarz

    Karol Szklarz is being honored for his highly regarded status throughout the oil and gas producing industry as an expert in the selection and application of materials in severe sour (hydrogen sulfide [H2S]) service conditions, extending across a wide range of materials engineering disciplines and corrosion management.

    He was instrumental in advancing and modifying the NACE International double cantilever beam (DCB) test, allowing for the test data to be interpreted in terms of required field service performance, resulting in the ability to set criteria for well tubulars in API 5CT.

    Szklarz was similarly instrumental in creating a specification for severe sour service for the IRP G105SS drill pipe, including testing to prove sour service performance leading to an understanding of corrosion fatigue propagation behavior of carbon and low-alloy steels in sour environments.

    Other focus areas include the performance of coiled tubing in sour environments, use of non-metallic internal liners for gas pipeline systems, sour service materials for rotating equipment, metallic coatings, fracture mechanics of drilling components, rotating equipment, and corrosion management.

    Szklarz has authored over 40 publications, mostly related to NACE, primarily focused on materials performance in sour service oil and gas environments. He has also authored numerous publications on diverse topics such as sulfide stress cracking testing, oil country tubular goods (OCTG) performance, metallic coating, non-metallic pipeline liners, fracture mechanics of drilling components, rotating equipment, and corrosion management. He has also been involved in and chaired numerous technical committees of NACE, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), and numerous others.

    A past chair of the NACE Calgary Section, Szklarz is currently a member of NACE task group (TG) 085 on the revision of standard TM0177 dealing with laboratory testing of metals for H2S environments, and is vice chair of work group (WG) 085c on the Double Cantilever Beam test method. He also served as the symposium chair for “Developments in Materials Technologies for the Oil and Gas Industry” sponsored by NACE STG 032 on Oil & Gas Production – Metallurgy during Corrosion 2002.

    Szklarz has a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from the University of Alberta and has been employed by Shell Canada, Calgary, for 26 years, where he has held various research, technical, and administrative positions related to the use of materials in critical sour gas service. He is currently principal scientist – advisor, materials & research.


  • 2008 - J. Dimond
  • 2008 - M. Mitchell
  • 2007 - J. Broomfield
  • 2007 - B. Kermani
  • 2007 - L. Terrase
  • 2006 - B. Chang
  • 2006 - T. DeBold
  • 2006 - A. Naraghi
  • 2006 - C. Shargay
  • 2005 - S. Borenstein
  • 2005 - J. Crum
  • 2005 - W. Hartt
  • 2004 - M. Akashi
  • 2004 - G.R. Holcomb
  • 2004 - S.D. Kapusta
  • 2004 - R.W. Revie
  • 2003 - D.G. Hill
  • 2003 - S.N. Smith
  • 2003 - N. Sridhar
  • 2002 - J.E. Bennett
  • 2002 - R.J. Horvath
  • 2002 - R.M. Kain
  • 2002 - R.W. Ross
  • 2002 - K.L. Vasanth
  • 2001 - A. Goolsby
  • 2001 - C.C. Nathan
  • 2001 - A. Turnbull
  • 2001 - T.L. Yau
  • 2000 - J.P. Audouard
  • 2000 - W.W. Frenier
  • 2000 - B. Hopkinson
  • 2000 - S.A. Kennedy
  • 2000 - G.D. Smith