University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition

The competition will take place in conjunction with the 2018 NACE International CORROSION conference at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The competition will be held April 17 – 18, 2018.

The University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition, the first ever student design competition for the corrosion industry, will engage university and military academy students in designing an applied solution to a real world, corrosion-related problem currently affecting military weapons systems and facilities as well as civilian and industrial structures.

About the Competition

Where Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders Solve Today’s Problems

University and military academy students will exhibit innovation, research, and applied design to solve a real world problem. The competition allows students the opportunity to showcase their engineering design and problem solving regardless of corrosion experience.



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. Students will compare their team’s work against teams from all around the United States. 

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.

Apply the same skill sets needed to achieve success in any industry, military, or government sector, including research, design, manufacturing, testing, marketing, management, and finance.

Benefits to Competing

Put your talent on display. Gain recognition from the Department of Defense and within the corrosion industry. Take what your team has learned and disseminate that knowledge gained to further your university’s programs.

  • Discover the next wave of technology by applying classroom knowledge to a real-life scenario.
  • Enhance project management skills
  • Understand the pervasive impact of corrosion and methods of inspection
  • Increase exposure to corrosion-related industries and DoD resources for knowledge,
  • Learn about careers in corrosion prevision and control
  • Network with an elite audience of global oil and gas technical leaders
‘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

This competition requires the design of an applied solution that must be demonstrated.  Although research is a component of the competition, it is not the sole focus. 

Additional detailed information will be added frequently to this website.