Materials Performance

SEP 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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The Growth of NACE and NACE International NACE was established in 1943 by 11 corrosion engineers from the pipeline industry as the "National Association of Corrosion Engineers." The founding engineers were originally part of a regional group formed in the 1930s when the study of cathodic protection (CP) was introduced. Since then, NACE International has become the global leader in developing corrosion prevention and control stan- dards, certification and education, conferences, and publica- tions. The members of NACE still include engineers, as well as numerous other professionals working in a range of areas related to corrosion control. The Role of Regions, Areas, and Sections The lifeblood of NACE is rooted in its sections and areas. 1 NACE members become exposed to corrosion technology, engineering, and science through their involvement at the local, national, and international levels. It is this corrosion knowledge and networking that builds members' careers and makes them so valuable to their companies and the industry. NACE members emerge as leaders from their involvement in these suborganizations of the association. It was soon after NACE was officially incorporated under Texas law in 1945 as a not-for-profit techni- cal association that its first section was formed, Originally called the Gulf Coast Section, the Houston Section began contributing to the growth of NACE, which in 1946 included more than 800 members throughout the United States. The South Central and Western Regions were established in 1946, fol- lowed by the Southeast and North Central Regions in 1947. By the end of the 1940s, NACE had five regions, 17 sections, and more than 1,700 members. NACE also began broadening its scope during its formative years, expanding beyond a purely CP and pipeline focus to include the oil and gas production, chemical processing, and refining industries, as well as other methods of corrosion control such as protective coatings and linings, chemical treatment, and materials selection and design. This, along with increasing public knowledge and concern about the costly and damaging effects of corrosion, served to fuel impressive membership growth through the years. NACE subsequently branched out even further, to industries that include maritime, water and wastewater, highways and bridges, power, and more. Milestones in the development and growth of sections and regions—renamed areas in the late 1990s—include the establishment of student sections in 1985. Based at universities and colleges, stu- dent sections are sponsored by the existing NACE section and a NACE faculty member serving as faculty advisor. Today there are 36 student sections around the world. In 1996, there was a significant reorganization of the NACE Board that reduced the size of its mem- bership to streamline operations and represent the areas and major activities of the association through their committee directors. At that time, the four international area directors collectively had one vote on the Board, which rotated among the areas each year. In 2009, due to the rapid growth in NACE member- ship worldwide, the Board unanimously voted to grant each of the international areas its own vote. The NACE International areas are as follows: North America • Central Area • Eastern Area • Northern Area • Western Area     International • East Asia & Pacific Area • European Area • Latin American Area • West Asia & African Area W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM NACE Areas & Sections SEPTEMBER 2018 A14

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