Every high school student treasures his or her first college letter in the mail. However, when the letters begin to consume your recycle bin, they become overwhelming. Each letter seems to advertise the same things: a nice campus, low student:teacher ratio, updated infrastructure, and groundbreaking research. So, when something different comes in the mail, it is exciting. Recently, I received a letter from the University of Akron advertising their Corrosion Engineering major, which is not offered anywhere else. As many of us taking AP Physics C intend to become engineers or scientists, I thought you may be interested in learning about Corrosion Engineering.
*Corrosion engineers learn how to reduce the costs or corrosion, and design structures (roads, bridges, etc.) for greater performance and safety.
*Currently, corrosion costs the US around $400 billion a year. Rusty columns, bridges, and pipelines are threats to society. Corrosion engineers work to improve public safety by assessing the damage done by corrosion, and slowing down the process of corrosion.
*Corrosion engineering blends together chemical, electrical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering.
*The demand for corrosion engineers is extremely high, as the US infrastructure continues to age.
*Both the government and industries have donated large sums of money to this program at the University of Akron. Recently, BP donated $500,000. The major is up-and-coming.
This is just a brief description of corrosion engineering. Overall, it seems like a great major if multiple branches of engineering interest you. Also, the job stability is tremendous as the instability of US infrastructure increases.
If you want to learn more visit http://www.uakron.edu/corrosion/academics/curriculum.dot.