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MechE alum opens new corrosion testing facility

Matt Cullin '09G was named Director of the BP Asset Integrity and Corrosion Lab after three years of professorship at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

The lab opened on December 4, 2012 on UAA’s campus, signifying the first time corrosion testing can be done in Alaska. The lab will also university students to study corrosion along with industry engineers.

Since moving to Alaska in 2009, Cullin cited a need for corrosion testing in Alaska while observing the state's aging port facilities and decades-old oil pipeline. After continued discussions with BP corrosion team member Bill Hedges, they were able to procure a $1 million dollar gift that purchased the equipment in the lab, which assited in the funding of a $250,000 scanning electron microscope (SEM), updated lab space and tools.

Nearly a year later, the lab is open with Cullin at the helm. Although funding is tight both at the university at state goverment level, the Lehigh alum believes the lab will pay for itself within five years.

Cullin earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechnical Engineering, all at Lehigh University's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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