NACE International

 
2nd Quarter 2014
Volume 5, Number 2
 
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Leadership: Technical Committee Participation

 

TEG 474X – Nanotechnology and Corrosion

 

Dr. Harvey Hack Elected President of NACE International

 

Something to Celebrate …

 

The Latest Published NACE Standards and Reports

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Leadership: Technical Committee Participation

By Drew Hevle, Vice Chair, Technical Coordination Committee (2013-2015)

Drew Hevle

Like many not-for-profit organizations, NACE International depends on volunteers to make it the leader in the industry. In fact, volunteers are the foundation of most of NACE’s work in the corrosion industry. For example, by joining a technical activities standards committee, (task group [TG]), members help write and revise industry standards and reports. These documents have far-reaching potential as they are not only used for guidance in the industry; they are used in NACE training and certification classes.

It’s likely that you, the reader of this newsletter, are already a NACE volunteer, and if not, we encourage you to join a committee soon, and thank you very much for your contributions.

The NACE Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) has recently focused on efforts to increase participation in technical committees. According to recent numbers, NACE International now exceeds 33,800 members; however, less than 10% of the members participate in technical committees. Similar participation rates are seen at NACE’s annual CORROSION conference.

One of the most commonly reported impediments that members report for not participating in technical committees is that they simply do not understand how to go about contributing.

NACE Technical Committees 101

In recent past conferences, TCC held a reception (“Technically Cool”) to promote technical committee participation, with some limited success. At CORROSION 2014 in San Antonio, we decided to try to more directly address the problem of learning how to participate. We developed a Technical Committees 101 program, and scheduled sessions at CORROSION 2014 on Sunday morning and on Monday morning. This would allow conference attendees to attend one of the sessions before the start of committee meetings at conference, to better know how to become involved in and to leverage their conference experience. We had a great venue for the meeting and Technical Activities provided refreshments. The turnout was much better than expected for such early meetings, and the feedback from attendees was very positive.

Other Efforts

In addition to the orientation sessions, TCC members and NACE staff manned a TCC information booth throughout the duration of the conference to answer questions about technical activities. The updated NACE Web site Committees page has great information about technical activities. TCC recently appointed Kimberly-Joy Harris as the TCC Membership Development chair to lead membership development efforts. TCC also has recently made changes to procedures to facilitate International participation in technical activities with the addition of the Section Technology Advisory Groups (STAGs), which refers to a technical committee formed by International Sections outside of North America to locally address the technical needs of their section membership.

TCC members and NACE staff continue to look at technologies to help committees connect, communicate, and collaborate. Committees, such as task group members, can share draft documents online by posting them to the NACE Web site Committees page under the “Documents and Forms” tab, and conference calls and Web meetings can be scheduled for committee meeting participation.

What can you do?

Think about how you became involved in NACE committees and let us know if there were impediments to your participation that TCC can address. Suggest committee participation to other NACE members (and potential members) that you feel could contribute. Reach out to and mentor new NACE members in technical committee activities.

Talk about the benefits of committee work in NACE section meetings and at NACE Area conferences. The “Technical Committees 101” PowerPoint presentation may be a good resource for these venues, if you’d like a copy of the presentation you can download it - NACE Technical Committees 101.

Drew Hevle is the Manager of Corrosion for natural gas pipelines for Kinder Morgan based in Houston, Texas. He is a NACE Corrosion Specialist and Certified Coating Inspector. He is the TCC vice chair. His hobbies are corrosion control and cathodic protection.

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