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Ohio University chemical engineering graduate students sweep national conference

Kaitor Kposowa | Apr 21, 2014

Ohio University chemical engineering graduate students sweep national conference

Kaitor Kposowa | Apr 21, 2014

Chemical engineering graduate students working at Ohio University’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT), the largest pipeline research facility in the world, won a record-breaking four awards at the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Corrosion 2014 Conference, held during March in San Antonio, Tex.

“I feel very proud,” said the institute’s director and Russ Professor of Chemical Engineering Srdjan Nesic. “It feels better than if I got an award.”

NACE International is the leading professional association in the corrosion control community and host to the annual conference, the world’s largest in the corrosion field. In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, the conference includes a number of contests for research projects. This year, ICMT took about 30 students and submitted 10 papers and 15 student posters.

Russ College chemical engineering master’s student Kyle Addis won the first-place NACE Student Poster Session in the Harvey Herro category for the Field of Applied Corrosion Technology for his poster, “A Corrosion Model for Production Tubing.” He was awarded $1,500 along with a ribbon and certificate.

“It is a nice feeling to know that people in the industry feel that my research is important and worthwhile,” he said.

Addis is creating a computer model to predict corrosion and other parameters such as pH, velocities and precipitates along the tubing through which oil and gas flow during production. He will compare his model to values measured in the field to see how well it predicts the actual condition of the tubing.

“My research is important because my model will allow a producer to predict how quickly tubing needs to be replaced,” he explained. “This will allow them to save time and money, because they’re less likely to have a leak, and they’re not replacing tubing that is still usable.”

Doctoral student Wei Li won the Outstanding Student Poster award, given by STG 34, Petroleum Refining and Gas Processing, for his poster titled “Effect of Multiphase Flow on Corrosion: Hydrodynamics of Gas/Liquid Flow.”

Doctoral students Jing Ning and Saba Navabzadeh won the two available $1,000 Graduate Student Book Awards, which are intended to help graduate students expand their personal libraries of corrosion texts.

“It was definitely exciting to receive this prestigious and merit-based scholarship,” said Ning. “I am delighted to have more resources for studying and learning, which leads to better retention of knowledge regarding corrosion science.”

Nesic says this year’s collection of awards are a nice addition to what is otherwise always a meaningful professional experience for researchers in the corrosion industry.

“I always tell our students that winning awards is nice, but that’s not why we go to the conference,” he said. “We go to participate, to meet people, to meet future employers and to realize why what they’re doing is important. But when they win, it doesn’t hurt.”