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NACE International Hosts Second Annual Design and Applied Solutions Competition


NACE International welcomed students to the second annual University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition, the only student competition focused on designing technology for corrosion control. The two-day event hosted engineering students from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Louisiana State University, George Mason University, Alfred University, and Texas A&M University.

Each team brought unique technological solutions to the competition. In the end the top performing teams included:


1st Place: United States Air Force Academy
2nd Place: Louisiana State University
3rd Place: George Mason University

The competition gives students an opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world problems by replicating conditions encountered by corrosion professionals.

Teams showcased their technologies in oral presentations followed by a practical application of their devices. Designed to operate autonomously, each team’s device navigated a small entrance of a 4x6 steel and aluminum structure. Once inside the structure, each device had to detect the presence of corrosion (within one square inch) and report the data back to the team.

Students’ autonomous corrosion detection systems were presented to judges Harvey Hack, PhD, Past President of NACE International and Senior Advisory Engineer at Northrop Grumman, Ron Latanision, PhD, Emeritus Professor at MIT, and Christopher Scurlock, PhD, Senior Consultant at LMI and Executive Secretary of the Technical Corrosion Collaboration. The judges were impressed with the students’ engineering skills, ingenuity, teamwork, and their ability to solve a complex problem under pressure.

For more information visit www.usdasc.com

About NACE International
Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Corrosion Society is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind with more than 36,000 members in 130 countries. Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in the U.S., China, Malaysia, India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, and a training center in Dubai, the organization serves all industries impacted by corrosion. NACE international provides its membership with numerous benefits, and offers the most specified technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation.