Conference Highlights

Share your career story with prospective corrosion professionals. Record it at the I AM NACE video booth

How did you discover the corrosion industry? What’s a typical day on the job like for you? Stop by the I AM NACE video recording booth at CORROSION 2014 to share your corrosion career story.

Last year, the I AM NACE video team interviewed the head of NASA’s corrosion lab, a coatings inspector, a corrosion engineering student, a materials research engineer with the U.S. Forest Service, and many other accomplished NACE members. Their career paths and educational backgrounds may be different, but they all share the same passion—corrosion.

If you inspect pipelines, analyze corroded materials in a lab, manage teams of field technicians, coat bridges, conduct research, or perform another job related to corrosion, I AM NACE wants to record your story. NACE is also looking for certified professionals who can share what it’s like to complete NACE certification programs and how certification has advanced their careers.

The video booth will also be open to CORROSION 2014 attendees who would like to show their NACE pride by sharing their experiences at the conference and other events throughout the year, and as NACE members.

The recording booth will be located in the registration area and will be open on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interviews take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

To arrange an interview time in advance, please contact Jessica Baris at

New panel at CORROSION 2014 to discuss NACE International’s activities on Capitol Hill

Would you like to know more about NACE International’s legislative agenda and efforts on Capitol Hill? Find out at the first ever Public Policy and Outreach Panel event on March 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Room 008 A/B at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Panelists will discuss NACE’s government relations activities in Washington, D.C. and will unveil NACE’s legislative agenda for 2014. The panel will also discuss:

  • • The 2014 Midterm Elections and how it will affect NACE members
  • • The Surface Transportation Reauthorization (aka “The Highway Bill”)
  • • The Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA)
  • • Introduction of the Corrosion Prevention Act, which provides tax credits for companies that implement corrosion prevention plans and use qualified personnel
  • • Congressional Caucus on Corrosion
  • • NACE Legislative Days on Capitol Hill


Panelists include former U.S. Congressman Jim Turner, NACE International Executive Director Bob Chalker, former NACE President Elaine Bowman, and KTA-Tator, Inc. Chairman of the Board, Ken Tator. NACE International Senior Director of Public Affairs, Membership, and Standards, Helena Seelinger, will serve as the moderator; Seelinger is also Executive Director of the NACE International Institute.

The Public Policy and Outreach Panel is an opportunity for NACE members to learn about NACE’s involvement and influence on Capitol Hill and members are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion on policies that affect their profession.

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Participate in hands-on activities at CORROSION 2014's cathodic protection field testing exhibit

Would you like to get hands-on cathodic protection (CP) experience? Attendees at CORROSION 2014 can visit the CP field testing in the exhibit hall to perform a variety of CP-related tests, including CP interference, electrical isolation testing and short locating, testing of an impressed current CP system, galvanic CP system testing, and obtaining soil resistivity measurements.

Michael Tarlton, Senior Corrosion Engineer at Russell Corrosion Consultants and a NACE certified Cathodic Protection Specialist, Corrosion Technologist and Coatings Inspector, is one of the industry experts who will be available to assist with exhibit activities and answer questions attendees may have regarding cathodic protection.

"The indoor CP test field is an opportunity for members of the corrosion community who have not had previous experience in CP to experience some of the basic concepts and testing methods that are used to prevent corrosion of assets," said Tarlton.

Anyone interested in NACE cathodic protection certification should try out the test field to get an idea of what NACE hands-on training is like.

"Typically, only people who have signed up for a CP related course have the opportunity to get hands-on experience," said Tarlton. "The test field is great for people interested in the certification program, or even for individuals whose jobs do not require CP certification but would like some exposure. Ultimately, the test field may assist them in making the decision to attend a NACE CP class in the future."

AC voltage mitigation is the newest feature of the CP field testing exhibit. "This feature will allow participants to witness the effect of properly designed, quality AC mitigation components," explained Tarlton, "safely eliminating the dangers and impacts of AC stray current interference."

The CP field testing exhibit has been featured at CORROSION conferences for the past three years and continues to be a popular attraction in the exhibit hall. The CP field testing exhibit will be located in the exhibit hall and open for activities during regular exhibit hall hours.


Women with careers in corrosion will gather at CORROSION 2014 for networking and information

Women who work as corrosion engineers, scientists, researchers, field technicians, internal corrosion specialists, and in various other positions will convene on Monday, March 10th for the seventh annual Women in Corrosion luncheon during CORROSION 2014 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Attendees will discuss trends and developments in the corrosion industry and share personal stories about their experiences in the corrosion profession; they will also hear presentations from leading professionals.

The event's panelists include Jenny Been, NACE Northern Area Director with TransCanada Pipelines in Calgary, Canada; Jane Brown, NACE Central Area Director with Brown Corrosion Services in Houston, TX; Michelle Lau, incoming NACE East Asia and Pacific Area Director with Mach3 Engineering in Selangor, Malaysia; and Sylvia Hall, NACE Western Area Director with HDR Engineering in Claremont, CA. Sylvia Hall will serve as moderator.

"The Women in Corrosion Luncheon is where women in the exciting and challenging field of corrosion prevention and control can tell their stories of how they got into the corrosion business and to where they are in their careers, what have been the obstacles, the high points, and how they juggle family life while pursuing a career in this field," said Hall. "I personally will share my own story and discuss the important role that mentors have played throughout my career."

All of the panelists currently serve on NACE International’s board of directors, with one panelist beginning her first term after CORROSION 2014.

"For the first time in NACE International's history, we will have four women on the board of directors at one time. To put it in the words of American country music singer Loretta Lynn, 'We've come a long way, baby!'"

More than 100 women working in corrosion will attend the luncheon. Sign up for this free event at the conference registration desk to reserve your seat.


Win a Google Chromecast and other hot prizes in CORROSION 2014’s Passport Contest

How would you like to leave San Antonio with a Google Chromecast or a $500 American Express gift card? Attendees at NACE International's CORROSION 2014 conference can participate in the Passport Contest by picking up a "passport" at the registration desk and collecting stamps from participating companies by browsing the show floor.

Last year, Marcelo Araujo from Rio de Janeiro won an iPad mini, a NACE Padfolio, an HMDX JAM Wireless Bluetooth speaker, a $500 Best Buy gift card and full registration for this year’s conference.

This year’s prizes include NACE Nike golf balls, a Google Chromecast, a GoPro Hero 3 White Camera, and full registration for CORROSION 2015. The grand prize is a $500 American Express Gift Card.

In all, 20 attendees took home at least one prize last year. Will you be a winner this year?


Inaugural CoatingsPro Magazine Coating Contractor’s Corner Forum

CoatingsPro Magazine, NACE International’s publication for the high-performance coatings industry, will hold its first ever Coating Contractor’s Corner Forum at CORROSION 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, on March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room 204 A.

This forum will provide industry professionals with real-life solutions to challenges in the coatings industry. Panelists include Dr. Zee, a NACE and ASM Fellow and NACE certified Materials Selection/Design/Coating/Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Specialist; and Dr. Todd Williams, a Corrosion Protection Manager at Bayer MaterialScience. Topics to be discussed include corrosion risk assessment and protective coatings, high productivity and performance polyaspartic DTM and two-coat systems, and OAP technology.

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