Thursday, July 21, 2016

John Scully offers lessons from Flint in NAE's The Bridge

Each issue of the National Academy of Engineering publication The Bridge features articles by leading engineers and scholars on a chosen topic. The most recent issue addresses challenges at the interface of technology and policy. Among them is a timely article by John Scully discussing the critically aging US infrastructure, entitled "The Corrosion Crisis in Flint, Michigan: A Call for Improvements in Technology Stewardship."

One of the main lessons from the Flint calamity is that past lessons were not learned.

Scully explains that casual reliance on rote standards will likely not prevent the next crisis from escalating to calamity any more than finger pointing or passing knee-jerk legislation, but rather

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jack Snodgrass library added to CESE collection

UVA's Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering recently received a near 50 book donation from the family of Jack Snodgrass. Snodgrass worked at Reynolds aluminum company in Richmond and was a frequent collaborator with CESE.

This is the third such gift of books to the Center's library. Jerry Kruger (CHEM PhD), a world renown corrosion scientist, offered his collection to the library for use by center researchers. Rob Leggat (MSE 02) of US Steel

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.

Read more in UVA TODAY 

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."