The Congress, National Academy of Science and the DoD’s Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight (COP) have recognized that an educated engineering workforce is a critical element to addressing the cost of corrosion.

Beginning in 2006, CPO joined with UA and its industry partners to develop the nation’s first baccalaureate degree in corrosion engineering. This academic program was successfully launched with the first class of students entering the program in August 2010 and enrollment has continued to grow.

The center supports the delivery of the academic degree by providing research opportunities, enabling the program to recruit and retain the best and brightest faculty and students. Additionally, the center contributes to the success of the degree by hosting a number of activities that expose students and faculty to nationally and internationally recognized speakers as well as by developing relationships with public and private sponsors resulting in scholarships, co-ops, and endowments.

The corrosion program has already been successful in securing one endowed chair position, four named scholarships, and multiple requests for co-ops and interns.