becoming less applicable and useful. Metallic corrosion is only one of many important topics.
Faculty with sufficient knowledge of current status of field.
The fundamentals of electrochemistry have to be taught. This topic is not well covered in core courses.
Getting the resources to have a substantial lab experience.
A more exciting textbook that emphasizes more modern applications would help. In general, though, the instructor for our corrosion classes is so highly regarded that students enjoy his classes. Many students from outside of the major take them as electives.
Professors earn tenure via research, in the main, and it is not easy to do that in the corrosion area. Thus it is difficult to maintain faculty expertise in this particular subject.
Moderate student interest and a perception that it is less exciting than making new products.
Enrollment numbers are low.
Do you see a role for 2-year colleges in corrosion education?
No. We have a very strong community college system, and half of our B.S. graduates came from a 2-year program at a community college, where they covered basic physics, chemistry, and math.
Do not see a role, but we accept 2-year college graduates in all of the engineering programs.
Maybe a role. None accepted as yet.
In general, we would rather have students focus on foundational science and engineering at 2-year colleges.
Yes, but we have not received applicants from any students with a corrosion background.
Haven’t seen any.