University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition

The competition will take place on April 16 – 17, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the NACE International Training Center in Houston, Texas

The University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC), is the first ever student design competition with a corrosion focus.

About the Competition

Tomorrow’s Leaders Solve Today’s Problems

Corrosion in hard-to-access areas is an everyday, real-world problem that adversely affects the world’s infrastructure and assets. The USDASC challenges university students to work as a team to create a system to inspect these occluded spaces for corrosion without the aid of human touch.

University and military academy students will exhibit innovation, research, and applied design to solve this problem. The competition gives students a platform to showcase their engineering design and problem solving skills when presented with a corrosion-related problem they would encounter in their professional careers.

Corrosion experience is not required or needed.

‘The competition was a good experience for my future career. It gave me more confidence in working with all types of engineers.’
Pascal Brun, West Point, 2016 Competitor


Expand your imagination and creativity to arrive at a design solution that optimizes your team’s resources.  Unique minds offer varying approaches that result in a wide range of designs.

Does your team have what it takes to succeed?

A successful team exhibits problem solving, teamwork, strategy, and resourcefulness to perform in the competition.

Research and Design

Start early and test often. Students will design and test prototypes to detect corrosion in hard-to-access areas within one square inch. Prototypes will need to succinctly report findings in an easy to read format for judges and operators.

Over the last 3 years,

more than

from 3 military academies &
7 universities

have developed 25 different drones, robots, and other autonomous devices to detect corrosion in hard-to-access areas.

Benefits to Competing

Put your talent on display. Students, as well as the universities or academies they are representing, gain recognition from corrosion industry leaders. Take what your team has learned during the competition and disseminate that knowledge within your programs.

  • Discover the next wave of technology by applying classroom knowledge to a real-life scenario.
  • Enhance your portfolio to position yourself favorably in your post-grad job search.
  • Understand the pervasive impact of corrosion and methods of inspection.
  • Increase exposure to corrosion-related industries,
  • Learn about careers in corrosion prevision and control.