UPSCO is and always has been focused on Connections. Connections we make, Connections we keep, Connections for Life.
We have been fortunate to use our Connections in the Natural Gas industry to collaborate with some of the county’s best and most experienced minds in Cathodic Protection and Corrosion.
With our first forray into producing a live virtual training seminar at the inaugural UPSCO Expo in December 2020 we found that we able to create a platform where we can share information and continue to educate the people that work in our community. As we continue to navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic it’s imperative that we support and help provide educational and training content to those in the Natural Gas Industry which has led us here.
UPSCO Corrosion Expo March 16th – March 18th
This Expo has been designed, and focused around training and education on all things Corrosion. Our purpose is to bring everyone together for 3 days of FREE seminars with the goal of continuing the courses and trainings that we typically attend in person that unfortunately might not take place this year. Working together with the presenters and representation from AMPP we are so excited and happy to announce this virtual EXPO.
In doing so we wanted to take a moment to invite everyone to a virtual Expo focused solely on the Corrosion aspect of our industry.
Heather Hill has more than 10 years’ experience in nonprofit and association management. Heather is currently the Director for Membership Engagement with AMPP, the world’s leading organization focused on the protection of assets and performance of materials.
Cris has been a registered NACE/SSPC member for the past 45 years and has spent most of his time actively helping to develop standards within the community. Somehow his background in journalism, lead him to the corrosion world. He has not looked back since then and brings a ton of energy and fun to the conversation.
Jim is a Corrosion Engineer for Consumers Energy, based out of Lansing Michigan.
He has been in the industry for just about 28 years and has been with Consumers for 24 of those.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science from Michigan Technological University and is a Certified NACE Senior Corrosion Technologist and also NACE Senior Internal Corrosion Technologist.
He is teaching Assessment of Casing Filler Effectiveness & Case Study in Validating Dry Gas ICDA.
Bill is a Project Manager with the Federal Department of Transportation.
He has been with the Department for just over 20 years.
Bill holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Masters from Colorado University at Boulder.
He is teaching PHMSA Mega Rule: Corrosion & Inspection.
Josh is the Director of Operations at Integrity Solutions Field Services in East Lansing Michigan. He has been in the industry since 1995 where he started with Mears Group.
He holds NACE CIP1 and NACE CP3 Certifications.
Josh will be teaching Basics of Cathodic Protection.
John is a Senior Technical Specialist with Williams Gathering and Processing North East Region.
He has been working in the natural gas industry since 1991 and in corrosion field since 1993.
John is also an instructor at Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course ad has been since 1996
NACE (AAMP) certified Senior Corrosion Technologist, Cathodic Protection Technologist and Senior Internal Corrosion Technologist.
He is teaching Basics of Stray Current.
Mike is the Director of Business Development for Pond & Company Specializing in their Energy Department.
He has been in the industry since 1999 working in the corrosion and coatings industry. He also attended Old Dominion University where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.
Mike has been an instructor of various coatings courses including the Liberty Bell Corrosion Course in Philadelphia PA.
He is teaching Atmospheric Corrosion Solutions.
Tom is the Manager of Corrosion at Peoples Gas in Pittsburgh PA. He has been in the industry for over 30 years.
He would like to share some valuable field cathodic protection cable troubleshooting tips & methods that may save you many years of trial and error.
Tom is teaching Field Techniques & Tips for Testing, Troubleshooting Cable Breaks and their Repairs
Frank is a Regional Sales Manager for Trenton Corporation. He has a B.S. in Engineering from The Colorado School of Mines, worked in Sales and Marketing for 30 years (specifically within the corrosion field the past 21 years).
He has chaired standards/coatings committees for NACE International, The American Water Works Association and the American Gas Association.
Frank is a past General Chair of the 2019-2020 Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course at the University of West Virginia and chairs a coating section for the Underground Corrosion Short Course (working in conjunction with Purdue University) where he also serves as a Director/Treasurer.
He is teaching Field Applied Coatings & WHY WAX WORKS?
Don is a retired corrosion team lead for National Grid - New England (39 years), which at one time was Colonial Gas, Essex Gas, Boston Gas, Providence Gas and Energy North.
For the last 4 years have been a corrosion consultant and trainer for National Grid, hands on OQ qualifier and corrosion consultant for the Northeast Gas Association.
Don is teaching Atmospheric Corrosion Inspections on Services.
Adam Day is a Senior Corrosion Engineer at National Grid.
As program manager of the Atmospheric program, he is responsible for the inspection, maintenance, and audits of all exposed distribution and transmission pipelines in U.S. jurisdiction. With over 1300 assets distributed across New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, Adam has focused on standardizing regional differences from legacy operating companies by developing and implementing progressive standardization that promotes public safety, minimizes expenses, and extends asset life.
Adam is teaching Pipe on Bridges: Inspection & Remediation
Ric has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Penn State and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland.
He has worked for Exxon - producing gas, Energy Transfer Partners - building gas gathering systems, Dominion - replacing aging gas storage and transmission assets, Baltimore Gas and Electric - managing the Pipeline Integrity and Distribution Integrity Programs, and Corrpro as a project manager.
He has been an instructor for AUCSC since 2009 in corrosion mathematics and electricity.
Ric is teaching Basics of Mathematics in Corrosion.
Bob has been in the corrosion control field since 1973 starting at Penn Fuel Gas, Inc. He is currently the Senior Manager of Corrosion Control at UGI Utilities Inc.
He has been a member of NACE (AMPP) since 1979 and also chaired the American Gas Associations Corrosion Control Committee in 2014.
He has taught the basics of corrosion for years at the Liberty Bell Corrosion Course hosted by the Philadelphia NACE Chapter.
Bob is teaching Basics of Corrosion.
Kevin Groll is a Corrosion Engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in cathodic protection, AC mitigation, material testing, and failure analysis. Mr. Groll started his career performing failure investigations for the energy, manufacturing, construction, and marine industries. Much of his work focused on corrosion-related failures and corrosion control solutions. Mr. Groll joined MATCOR in 2013 and has since focused on cathodic protection and AC mitigation design, installation, testing and troubleshooting. Mr. Groll leads MATCOR’s Engineering team and Integrity Services team.
Mr. Groll graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He is a NACE International Certified Cathodic Protection Specialist (CP4) and a Pennsylvania-registered Professional Engineer.
Kevin is teaching AC Interference Testing, Modeling, and Mitigation Design.
Chris is currently the chief operating officer for Southern Cathodic Protection Company in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is a licensed professional engineer and has successfully completed the NACE International cathodic protection specialist course. He received both his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and his masters degree in business from Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Chris has worked in the corrosion consulting field for almost 20 years solving corrosion problems in the pipeline, concrete, water and transportation industries.
He is teaching Applications and Science of Soil-Side Corrosion Coupons.
Chad has been in the Natural Gas & Corrosion industry since 1998. He spent the first 10 years of his career at Liberty Coating as a laborer and manager.
In the second half he moved into the sales department and has been with UPSCO for the last 7 years.
Chad is also NACE CIP & CP certified.
He is teaching Basics of Pipeline Coatings & Basics of Coating Failures.
Tommy is teaching Basics of Rectifiers.
***The participation of our presenters is not intended as an endorsement of UPSCO or its products. Their participation is simply to help educate people in corrosion and corrosion control.