DoD Announces 2017 Awards for Lifetime Achievement and Corrosion Research Excellence

By Cynthia Greenwood
DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office

The Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office announced the 2017 awards for lifetime achievement and research excellence in corrosion science, corrosion engineering, and corrosion technology. DoD Corrosion Office Director Daniel J. Dunmire presented the awards during the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference on August 9th in Birmingham, Ala.

The 2017 Ralph P.I. Adler Award was presented to Richard A. Hays, Deputy Director of the Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, for extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in combating corrosion and materiel degradation throughout his career.

Corrosion Office Deputy Director Rich Hays addresses the DoD corrosion community as he accepts the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference in Birmingham. DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office photo



“Hays’ leadership was vital to the fight against a $23 billion corrosion challenge, as he brought down the cost of corrosion, improved weapon system availability, and extended the useful service life of facility and infrastructure projects across the Department,” said Corrosion Office Director Daniel J. Dunmire. Hays was recognized for efficiently executing as much as $40 million in fiscal year funds to meet strategic department goals in addressing corrosion issues. “His role in providing the best corrosion expertise positively impacted source selection evaluations, system performance trade-offs, and logistics support decisions,” Dunmire said.

The DoD Corrosion Office also recognized five out of 149 authors. Winning the top prize in the realm of Corrosion Management, Meghan McGinley (U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command) examined current methods of equipment storage and weighed various methods to achieve the most cost-effective method to optimize protection over the life of a weapon system.

Meghan McGinley (U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command) is pictured next to Technical Program Chair Brian Placzankis while accepting an award for the Best Corrosion Management Paper at the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference in Birmingham. DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office photo



For her research into Corrosion Science, Elmira Ghanbari (University of California at Berkeley) won for her investigation of the influence of lithium content on the passivity breakdown of an aluminum alloy, experimentally, using a point defect model.

Elmira Ghanbari (University of California at Berkeley) is pictured next to Technical Program Chair Brian Placzankis while accepting her award for the Best Corrosion Science Paper at the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference in Birmingham. DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office photo


In the category of Corrosion Technology, Erica Macha (Southwest Research Institute) received the top award for exploring the effects of aerospace primers on galvanic multi-electrode arrays in controlled relative humidity environments.

Erica Macha (Southwest Research Institute) is pictured next to Technical Program Chair Brian Placzankis while accepting the award for the Best Corrosion Science Paper at the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference in Birmingham. DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office photo


In the area of Corrosion Resistant Materials, Sergei Shipilov (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) received the top honor for his study of fielded, double V-hull Stryker light-armored vehicles found to have structural cracking issues that affected availability.

Sergei Shipilov (Oakridge National Laboratory) is pictured next to Technical Program Chair Brian Placzankis while accepting an award for the Best Corrosion Resistant Materials Paper at the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference in Birmingham. DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office photo


In the realm of facilities and infrastructure, Michael McInerney (U.S. Army Construction Engineer Research Laboratory) won first place for examining the effectiveness of material upgrades to steel water pumps that experience failures and significant downtime due to their exposure to alternate wet and dry cycles in pump wells.

Out of 40 scientific posters, the DoD Corrosion Office recognized three outstanding competitors from a rich pool of graduate and undergraduate students representing universities across the country.

Bob Peterson (University of Southern Mississippi) received the Milton Levy Award for Corrosion Science. This poster focused on how the location, persistence, and bound nature of water in protective, polymer-based surface coatings play a crucial role in anti-corrosion performance, concentrating on the relationship between free and bound water and ion mobility.

Austin Maples (University of Southern Mississippi) won the Robert J. Ferrara Award for Corrosion Engineering. His project involved developing sensors that identified water ingress into coatings, and then modeling those ingress rates as a function of the various coating chemistries.

Michael Melia received the Richard (Dick) Kinzie Award for Applied Corrosion Technology. His poster explored how laser treatment has been used to process magnesium alloys to remove surface secondary particles.

Visit www.dodcorrcon.org for more information about the conference.

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