neering (see Figure 2-7) indicates that research activity in corrosion has declined. The committee speculates, although with some confidence given the consistent anecdotal evidence it received from several quarters, that the decrease in publishing is concomitant with a decrease in the number of faculty with such expertise and, by extension, in the number of those who could teach the subject.

It seems this situation is set to continue. According to the evidence the committee heard, many of the highest ranked and most prestigious MSE departments in the country have no interest in creating or maintaining a corrosion research program. If taught at all in such departments, corrosion would be taught either by a faculty member with no intimate knowledge of the field or by someone with expertise in a related area, such as batteries or fuel cells. The committee recognizes that the inclusion of new course material—both required and elective—in engineering curricula makes it difficult to also cover topics like materials selection in general and corrosion in particular.

CONCLUSION 3. Corrosion engineering education is not a required element of the curriculum of most bachelor’s-level programs in materials science and engineering and related programs. In many programs, corrosion engineering education is not offered. As a result, most engineers graduating from bachelor’s-level materials-related programs have an inadequate background in corrosion.


CONCLUSION 4. The bachelor’s-level education of engineers who serve on design teams involves too little detail in corrosion-relevant materials selection and almost no exposure to corrosion education in general. This lack of knowledge and awareness ultimately jeopardizes the health, wealth, and security of the country.


CONCLUSION 5. Undergraduate and graduate education in the field of corrosion engineering requires an adequately funded university research community.

Practicing Engineers in Government and Industry

The lack of exposure to corrosion engineering principles and practices in their educational experience is a serious flaw in the training of many practicing materials engineers and design engineers. It appears to the committee that government agencies are particularly lacking in in-house corrosion experts. This is partly because such agencies believe they can outsource the search for the solution of a corrosion problem to external consultants and partly because they feel they cannot find corrosion



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