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  • DoD Corrosion Office Supports Development of New Field Tools

    SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has released a major update to its mobile app aimed at coatings technicians who evaluate structures and select coatings for new projects. The update includes new features developed in conjunction with the Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office -- a "Coating Defects" wizard and a "Coating Selection" guide.

    The app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play store. Get started today by downloading the app directly to your device:

    The new field tools were developed to assist users in identifying coating defects on existing painted structures and selecting coatings for new painting projects. The new tools also include a unique feature: They allow users to create and save custom project libraries, including uploading photos and descriptions.

    According to Dan Zarate, research chemist with NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Command), "When SSPC first launched their mobile app in 2013, we found it to be a great resource for us. With the addition of Coating Defects and Coating Selection, as well as the new calculators, it's gone from a simple reference resource to a valuable field tool."

    The app remains a free download and all users have unlimited access to the Coating Defects and Coating Selection tools. In addition, SSPC members can login to the app and gain access to an expanded set of features, including:


    • Access to SSPC Standards
    • Project Calculators
      • Conductivity
      • DFT/WFT
      • Mils to Microns
      • SSPC-PA 2
      • SSPC-PA 17
    • Search for SSPC Certified Professionals
    • Glossary of Coatings Industry Terms
    • JPCL search
    • Member Directory
    • Conference proceedings videos
    • Password reset/recovery
    • and more!


    To navigate the app, launch it and tap on the "Menu" icon at the top left of your screen. In the text fields beneath "Member Login", enter the email address that is associated with your member account and then enter your member number in the "Password" field.

  • USNA Midshipmen Dazzle STEM Students

    At the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Summer STEM Program, seasoned midshipmen gained vital leadership experience as they prepare to become Surface Warfare Officers. During two weeklong STEM sessions last month, USNA faculty mentored three midshipmen as they taught more than 400 American high school students how to construct a battery, power a light-emitting diode (LED), electroplate a nickel coin, and even solder a circuit board, among other educational modules.

    Midshipmen 2nd Class Kathryn Viado and Amy Krick, and Midshipman 1st Class Jacob Glesmann, managed a variety of academic modules for the program, each consisting of short presentations, 15-minute demonstrations, and hand-on lab stations for small groups.

    During the corrosion modules on June 4 and 11, Midshipman Viado, an electrical engineering major from Gambrills, Maryland, showed small student groups how to make their own battery using a copper penny, a paper towel, vinegar, and a zinc washer, in order to teach principles of electricity, electrochemistry, and corrosion science.

    “The battery consisted of three layers starting with the penny, a small circle cut from paper towels saturated with four to five drops of vinegar, and a zinc washer,” explained Viado. “Through this process, the students learned that the penny acted as the positive side of the battery and served as a cathode, and the zinc washer served as the negative side, equivalent to an anode.”

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    Chris Lowman and Jeffrey Stanley Appointed as Corrosion Executives for the Army and Air Force


    Chris LowmanChristopher Lowman, Army Corrosion Executive

    Jeffrey_Stanley.jpgJeffrey Stanley, Air Force Corrosion Executive

    The U.S. Army and Air Force have appointed officials from the Senior Executive Service to serve as Department of Defense (DoD) Corrosion Control and Prevention Executives (CCPEs). Officials hold this position for a minimum of two years.

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced that Chris Lowman would become the next Army CCPE on May 17, 2015, in addition to assuming his new post of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Policy and Logistics. A member of the senior executive service, Lowman comes from the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff and has an extensive background in Acquisition-level logistics and a familiarity with the Army corrosion program. Lowman also has personal experience in fighting corrosion on Army aviation assets.

    Before assuming his current position of Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Lowman served as the Deputy Director for Operations and Logistics Readiness in the G4. From 2003 to 2006 he was the Chief in the Sustainment Operations Division at Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe. There he supervised and managed a multi- disciplined staff that supported all Army maintenance and supply operations and activities within 94 countries of the European Command footprint.

    William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, appointed Jeffrey H. Stanley as the next Air Force CCPE on May 21, 2015, effective immediately. Stanley, who is also a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering. As the Air Force Corrosion Executive, Stanley will coordinate department-level corrosion control and prevention program activities with the Director of the Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight, Program Executive Officers, and relevant major subordinate commands.

    Stanley currently provides technical advice and counsel to the Air Force Acquisition Executive on a range of engineering and technical management areas. He also provides engineering and technical management direction on systems engineering, corrosion control, capability developmental planning, and the functional management of more than 14,000 military and civilian scientists and engineers. In addition, he prepares policy, guidance, and advocacy for the Air Force's annual $2 billion science and technology program.

    Jeffrey K. Nusser will support Stanley by serving in the role of Deputy CCPE, which entails managing the day-to-day duties of the Air Force Corrosion Executive.

    Matt Koch and Jimmy Cox are currently serving the second year of their respective two-year terms as Navy CCPE and Deputy Navy CCPE.