WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) cheered today’s groundbreaking of the Engineering Research Center at the University of Akron in Summit County. The 40,000-square foot facility, funded by private and public funds, will also house the National Center for Education and Research in Corrosion and Materials Performance. Brown helped secure Fiscal Year 2010 funding for the Center through the federal appropriations process, and a member of Brown’s staff will attend the groundbreaking, slated for this afternoon.
“The University of Akron enjoys a strong legacy of spurring growth in northeast Ohio through innovative education. With the groundbreaking of this new facility, UA continues to cultivate the ideas and technologies needed to lead in the 21st-century,” Brown said. “Infrastructure corrosion is a serious problem in Ohio and across much of the country, and the research conducted at this new center will allow researchers to explore the best way to preserve our critical infrastructure and keep Americans safe on the road. This is a good day for Akron as we position Ohio to lead the race to win the future.”
The National Center for Education and Research in Corrosion and Materials Performance, sponsored through a strategic partnership with the Department of Defense Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight, will house the nation’s first Bachelor of Science in Corrosion Engineering degree program. This research will spur new technological developments to make infrastructure tools less prone to corrosion.
Previously, Brown had introduced the Act for Bridge Life Extension (ABLE) Act. The legislation would encourage greater use and reliance on corrosion mitigation technologies to increase the usable life of bridges, and would protect America’s infrastructure while creating skilled jobs in the corrosion mitigation industry.