Keynote: Corrosion-Electrochemistry Based Undergraduate Curricula: Finding a Balance Between Chemistry, Materials and Engineering

Tuesday, 7 October 2014: 09:00
Expo Center, 1st Floor, Universal 1 (Moon Palace Resort)
S. Lillard, G. Haritos, J. Payer, E. Evans, H. Castaneda, and H. Cong (University of Akron)
The baccalaureate program in Corrosion Engineering at The University of Akron is the first of its kind in the nation.  It was formed in response to Federal Government interest and industry need in the area.  The idea was first presented in 2006 and the University welcomed its first freshman class in 2010. The degree is a traditional engineering degree based on a math, science and general education courses that support engineering science and engineering design courses; students take courses from five different engineering programs. At its core are classes and laboratories in corrosion electrochemistry, high temperature oxidation, and corrosion engineering management.  In addition, the students are exposed to hands-on experience as a corrosion engineer through the co-op program.  This curriculum was developed using input from a number of stakeholders in government, industry and academia that wanted students with knowledge in corrosion basics, materials characterization and corrosion prevention and the ability to diagnose failures, guide maintenance and repair as well as perform risk based assessment.  In this presentation we will review the method that lead to the current program as well as feedback from co-op experiences including both student and employer perspectives.