of the corrosion research community and therefore on the availability of funding for that research.

The committee has found that there are many short courses available for the continuing education of engineers and technologists of many different skill and education levels in addition to on-the-job training programs (see Appendix D). Since continuing education often imparts specific skills in specific technologies during intensive, usually 2- to 5-day extramural courses, it often leaves gaps in the employee’s fundamental knowledge base (compared with the traditionally educated university graduate who takes semester-long courses where course prerequisites and out-of-class assignments assure a better learning of corrosion fundamentals). In the committee’s opinion, anything learned from short courses, while beneficial, is not as deep as the learning from a rigorous corrosion education curriculum that teaches basic science, engineering, and mathematics and gives an engineer the intellectual skills to perform complex tasks, create new materials and innovative processes, and solve difficult problems that enable the control and mitigation of corrosion.

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