Board of Regents approves establishment of National Corrosion Center
The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System has
approved the establishment of a new center in the Texas A&M
Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).
The National Corrosion Center (NCC) will function in the general
areas of corrosion science and technology through research,
training, education, testing and outreach.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said,
"This center is a shining example of our system's unique ability to
solve substantial problems and serve the needs of the nation."
Corrosion is the natural deterioration that occurs with all
materials because of a reaction of the material with its
environment. This degradation process affects the assets of nearly
every industrial sector and government agency and has direct impact
on the economy, health, safety, infrastructure, environment and
The most recent congressionally mandated U.S. Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) study showed that metal corrosion had a total
direct cost of $276 billion per year or 3.1 percent of the U.S.
Gross Domestic Product. But it is estimated that approximately 30
percent of the annual costs of corrosion could be eliminated
through the implementation of sound engineering practices.
The demand for corrosion professionals, particularly in certain
industrial sectors (such as oil and gas) has exceeded the supply
provided by existing centers and programs. Existing corrosion
research and training centers have limited experience and
facilities capable of addressing complex corrosion issues
encountered in Texas' largest industrial sector - oil and gas.
"There is a clear need for an internationally recognized
corrosion center in Texas that educates and trains the next
generation of corrosion experts and assists industries and agencies
in materials infrastructure needs," said Dr. M. Katherine Banks,
TEES director and vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas
A National Corrosion Center (NCC) was established in 2008
through an initiative at Rice University in Houston. Bringing this
center under the TEES banner will allow NCC to leverage the ongoing
advancements in materials research in The Texas A&M University
System. NCC will bring a focus on corrosion research and
technologies that will add another dimension to the developing,
multidisciplinary programs in material science and engineering.
The center will harness the technical and academic strength and
breadth of the A&M System and Rice, the training and workforce
development capability of Houston Community College, and the
technological expertise and financial resources of Houston's
"This fits precisely within the TEES mission to foster
innovation in research, education and technology transfer that
support and aid business and industrial communities, and enhance
the economic development of Texas and the nation," said