MATCOR senior engineer and pipeline practice lead Jeffrey L. Didas has been elected to the position of vice president elect for NACE International (NACE), the Worldwide Corrosion Authority.
As vice president elect for NACE, in addition to his responsibilities as an incoming board member, Didas will serve as ex-officio member of the NACE finance and policy committees and the NACE Foundation board of directors. This position is a five-year commitment where Didas will serve one year each as vice president elect, vice president, president and past president followed by one year on the nominating committee.
“I look forward to serving NACE in an expanded capacity over the next five years,” said Didas. “My focus will be on member engagement, retention and benefits, moving forward with the strategic plan and our vision for NACE 2030, and promoting the groundbreaking corrosion industry IMPACT Study.”
Didas, an industry expert sought worldwide and active NACE member since 1975, has 42 years of diverse corrosion experience working for pipeline and energy company owner-operators and most recently for MATCOR.
Prior to his newly elected position as NACE vice president elect, Didas held a variety of national NACE positions including treasurer of NACE International, the NACE Foundation and the NACE Institute, and committee chair for several technical exchange groups (TEGs), including the Corrosion Control Coordinating Committee (TEG 022X), Pipeline Crossings: Steel-Cased, Thrust-Bored, and HDD TEG 208X) and Steel-Cased Pipelines (TG 012). He also presently serves NACE as technology coordinator for technology management group TMG C1 – Corrosion Prevention and Control for Concrete, Land Transportation and Coating Technology and vice chair of the NACE Institute Policy & Practices Committee.
Didas received the NACE Brannon Award in 2014 and the NACE Distinguished Service Award in 2001 for his many contributions to the organization. He also received the Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course (AUCSC) Colonel Cox award in 2010.
Didas holds the highest level of NACE certification as a Corrosion Specialist, and a number of other NACE certifications including Cathodic Protection Specialist, Coatings Specialist, Chemical Treatment Specialist, Senior Corrosion Technologist, Corrosion Technologist, Corrosion Technician and Level 3 Certified Corrosion Inspector. In addition he is a SSPC (Society for Protective Coatings) certified Protective Coatings Specialist.
Didas graduated from Thomas A. Edison State University in Trenton, NJ, with a BSET in Electrical Engineering. He acquired his ASEE in Electronics Technology from Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield MA.
NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 36,000+ members in 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. The organization offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, technical journals, government relations activities and more. NACE International is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in San Diego, California; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
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