Friday, April 22, 2016

Engineering Science Student Receives Truman Award for Solar Energy Research

University of Virginia undergraduate student Jill Ferguson has been named a Truman Scholar and will receive $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development to help prepare her for a career in public service leadership. UVA TODAY .. Read more

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

U.Va graduate students net four top spots at NACE International Corrosion 2016 conference

This March, CORROSION 2016 conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia. The world’s largest corrosion conference and exposition, CORROSION offers students the opportunity to enter posters in one of three categories: (1) the Marcel Pourbaix category for the field of corrosion science; (2) the Mars Fontana category for the field of corrosion engineering; and (3) the Harvey Herro category for the field of applied corrosion technology. U.Va students won 4 of the possible 9 awards given in three categories.



Marybeth Parker - 2nd place, Harvey Herro
Noelle Co - 1st place Marcel Pourbaix Category (Corrosion Science)
RJ Santucci - 2nd place Marcel Pourbaix

Piyush Khullar - 1st place, Harvey Herro Category (Corrosion Technology)

Regarding all the U.Va student poster presentations Rob Kelly remarked, "I cannot count the number of positive remarks I heard about each one."



NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 36,000+ members in 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. - See more at: http://www.nace.org/About-NACE/#sthash.yYRfWhMD.dpuf
NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 36,000+ members in 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. - See more at: http://www.nace.org/About-NACE/#sthash.yYRfWhMD.dpuf
NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 36,000+ members in 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. - See more at: http://www.nace.org/About-NACE/#sthash.yYRfWhMD.dpuf
NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 36,000+ members in 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. - See more at: http://www.nace.org/About-NACE/#sthash.yYRfWhMD.dpuf

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Corrosion the culprit: key papers on water crisis in Flint, MI made publicly accessible

John Scully, Technical Editor in Chief of the journal CORROSION,  recently published a special editorial section covering the centrality of corrosion in Flint's water crisis. Additionally, in his capacity as technical editor, he choose to make public via open access the full texts (see below) of many of key scientific papers, including several of Marc Edwards, professor at Va Tech. Well known within the field, the articles detail the technical understanding regarding galvanic coupling of copper and lead, the leachability of lead into water, and the corrosion factors needed to mitigate and passivate lead.  

In addition to a broad overview of the science, Scully's editorial also offers some context on lessons to be learned from this tragedy, one common when "corrosion immunity is often tragically assumed."   
This issue was compounded in Flint by a subsequent series of denials, unfortunate decisions,  missed opportunities, and then unwanted criticisms of the individuals that raised concerns (i.e. the "whistle-blowers.")   ...What does a very sad technical editor think at these moments? Enough technical information, lessons learned, and clarity was available to make wise data-driven, informed decisions prior to the problem
What does a very sad technical editor think at these moments? Enough technical information, lessons learned, and clarity was available to make wise data driven, informed decisions prior to the problem.
What does a very sad technical editor think at these moments? Enough technical information, lessons learned, and clarity was available to make wise data driven, informed decisions prior to the problem. - See more at: http://www.corrosionjournal.org/doi/full/10.5006/0010-9312-72.4.451?tab=1#sthash.7ejJPrMQ.dpuf


Water resources are but one area that corrosion impacts. Corrosion of the nation's aging infrastructure is a critical problem; a national issue which if left unaddressed, will likely consume a growing share of resources. The American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card currently grades the national infrastructure at a D+.

Open access articles, free via the journal CORROSION: 

J. Hu, F. Gan, S. Triantafyllidou, C.K. Nguyen, M.A. Edwards,“Copper-Induced Metal Release from Lead Pipe into Drinking Water,” Corrosion68, 11 (2012): p. 1037-1048
http://dx.doi.org/10.5006/0616.J

St. Clair, C. Stamopoulos, M. Edwards,“Technical Note: Increased Distance Between Galvanic Lead: Copper Pipe Connections Decreases Lead Release,”Corrosion68, 9 (2012): p. 779-783
http://dx.doi.org/10.5006/0745

C.K. Nguyen, B.N. Clark, K.R. Stone, M.A. Edwards,“Role of Chloride, Sulfate, and Alkalinity on Galvanic LeadCorrosion,”Corrosion67, 6 (2011): p. 065005-1 to 065005-9
http://dx.doi.org/10.5006/1.3600449

J.I. Paige, B.S. Covino Jr.,“Leachability of Lead from Selected Copper-Base Alloys,”Corrosion48, 12 (1992):p. 1040-1046
http://dx.doi.org/10.5006/1.3315907

B.P. Boffardi, A.M. Sherbondy,“Control of Lead Corrosion by Chemical Treatment,” Corrosion47, 12 (1991):p. 966-975
http://dx.doi.org/10.5006/1.3585211