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Russ Professor appointed as adjunct professor at Australian university

Alexis Eichelberger | Dec 11, 2017
Srdjan Nesic
Photo by Ben Siegel

Russ Professor appointed as adjunct professor at Australian university

Alexis Eichelberger | Dec 11, 2017

Photo by Ben Siegel

Ohio University Russ Professor Srdjan Nesic, who is also the director of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT), has received a four-year appointed professorship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

As adjunct professor, Nesic will strengthen the collaboration between OHIO’s ICMT and Curtin’s Corrosion Engineering Industry Centre (CEIC) in addition to sharing research, data and materials. He’ll complete his second visiting faculty appointment virtually with Curtin from 2017 to 2020.

A fellow of the international corrosion professional society NACE International (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), Nesic already works remotely to share research and data with Curtin colleagues and students through email and Skype. The two corrosion institutes also collaborate to explore oil and gas industry-related developments.

“We try to be very open with them and share ideas and approaches,” Nesic said. “We have a lot of experience on how to handle certain things, both when it’s an upturn and a downturn in the funding, so we share with them and help them.”

In turn, Nesic’s connection with Curtin provides Russ College students with access to equipment not available at the OHIO ICMT. Nesic said Curtin’s microscopy lab, which is on par with major American universities, is an especially useful and appreciated shared tool.

Although he has received numerous awards and appointments from around the world throughout his career, Nesic said recognition is always appreciated.

“It’s always nice to feel that you’re impacting people and contributing to somebody’s progress,” said Nesic, who holds a H.H. Uhlig Award from NACE for outstanding effectiveness in post-secondary education. “It’s very exciting to be able to do that, and it’s exciting when you have an active collaboration.”

Nesic’s connection with Curtin began more than a decade ago when he visited Perth for a conference and met Professor Brian Kinsella, who is also CEIC co-director. Nesic said Kinsella has played an instrumental role in his appointed professorships and the connections forged between OHIO and Curtin students, both online and through exchange programs.

Meanwhile, Kinsella noted Nesic’s strong reputation in the field.

“Curtin University is very proud to welcome (Nesic) to this position because of his high standing within the international corrosion community and the experience he will bring to the centre in areas of research, teaching and mentoring research staff and students in corrosion engineering,” Kinsella said.

Nesic has led the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) as director since 2002. The largest facility of its kind in the world, the ICMT performs corrosion research sponsored by the leading oil and gas companies across the globe.