Title: Executive Director
Department: National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance
Office: WLEB Suite 220D
Sue Louscher joined The University of Akron (UA) as the Director of the Medina County University Center (MCUC) in June, 2006. In this role, she was not only tasked with launching a new academic outreach center for UA, but also with developing unique industry-driven academic programs. The first of these programs emerged from expressed interests of the Department of Defense and industry representatives who hoped to address the $400 billion per year cost of corrosion.
While continuing to manage the MCUC, Sue led a team of UA professionals in developing a comprehensive Corrosion Engineering and Materials Performance program that includes the delivery of the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree in Corrosion Engineering as well as the integration of existing and new research thrusts at UA in the field of corrosion mitigation and materials reliability. Her efforts have resulted in more than $40 million in public and private investment in the launching of this initiative. In 2010, Congress recognized the unique national importance of the initiative and funded the DoD to establish the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP) at UA. This Center focuses on four core missions – sustaining the degree, establishing workforce training programs, shaping public policy and conducting research.