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Assessment of Corrosion Education
neers in short courses when specific skills shortages are identified and must be filled in the short term.
Graduate Engineering Students
To increase the availability of corrosion expertise,
MSE and engineering departments at universities should ensure that adequate faculty and educational facilities are available to teach future corrosion experts by hiring new faculty to replace retiring faculty who are experts in corrosion.
Industry and federal government agencies, such as DOD, NSF, and DOE, should help develop a foundational corps of corrosion faculty by supporting research and development in corrosion science and engineering. Such support should include graduate fellowships and could include the development of Centers of Expertise (COEs) at key universities or in consortia of universities.
Federal government agencies, such as DOD and DOE, should fund cooperative programs between universities and government laboratories to facilitate graduate student experience.
Industry and the federal government agencies, such as DOD’s Office of Corrosion Control, should provide incentives to the universities, such as endowed chairs, to promote their hiring of corrosion experts. The new DOD Faculty Fellowship follows this model.
The DOD Office of Corrosion Control should establish a research support program equivalent to an NSF educational experience, whereby a block grant is awarded to fund a number of graduate students in the corrosion subspecialty at a university.