PPG Industries Foundation supports the University of Akron
Engagement of students in the study of corrosion reduction/control in industry. Provides students with the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary, multilevel teams.
Corrosion Engineering Program
The University of Akron received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to develop an undergraduate program in Corrosion Engineering, which is the only one of its kind in the country. The program maintains an engineering core and draws upon existing accredited courses. It also ensures a strong corrosion science foundation, effective corrosion engineering training and corrosion-management components in a modular approach for flexible delivery.
PPG works as a partner with the DoD in addressing corrosion issues, and that experience enables PPG researchers to provide guidance to the university on curriculum development and to participate in the program as adjunct professors.
Women in Engineering Program
The University of Akron organizes summer camps for middle and high school girls, hosting approximately 60 female students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Essential elements of the camp’s hands-on experiments and research programs are sustained through the relationship with PPG. The PPG plant in Barberton, Ohio, conducts plant tour and information sessions with PPG engineering professionals for these camps.
Chemical Engineering Student Team
Designs and creates small vehicles that operate on energy-efficient fuel cell systems. Provides students with the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary, multilevel teams.