Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Penn State offers a number of options for your employees to continue their engineering education – sometimes without leaving the office.

Department Short Courses

Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods

For more than 20 years, the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics has offered the Short Course on Corrosion Fundamentals and Experimental Methods. This six-day course covers the fundamentals of corrosion and various electrochemical techniques. Lectures and laboratories are used to illustrate how electrochemical techniques are applied, when they should be used, and how the various techniques can be integrated to solve complex problems. The course is useful for people entering the corrosion field and for professionals looking for a refresher course.

Lecture Topics:

  • Thermodynamics of corrosion
  • Kinetics of corrosion
  • Polarization
  • Corrosion rate measurement techniques
  • Passivity/localized corrosion
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Scanning probe methods for evaluating corrosion
  • Statistical analysis of corrosion data
  • Corrosion inhibitors

Laboratory and Demonstration Topics:

  • Corrosion potential measurements
  • Polarization resistance
  • Potentiostatic and potentiodynamic polarization
  • Galvanic corrosion
  • Pitting (including scratch techniques, metastable pitting, and critical pitting temperature)
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Electrochemical noise analysis

Laboratory Practice Sessions:

  • Cell design
  • Sample preparation
  • Experimental techniques
  • Practical examples

2018 Short Course Details:

  • Dates: Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15
  • Location: University Park, PA

Click here to view 2018 short course details including course instructors, course outline, location, and accomodations.

For more information about program content, please contact:

Dr. Barbara Shaw
The Pennsylvania State University
212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802

College of Engineering Continuing and Distance Education

Short Courses, Conferences, and Workshops

For working engineers and professionals, Penn State Engineering short courses provide a quick, convenient way to enhance and extend skills through high quality instruction and content.

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Distance Education Courses and Programs

For students who can't attend classes at a Penn State campus, the College of Engineering offers courses and programs that give you convenient access to quality Penn State courses and instruction at your home or office. Distance students have access to Penn State courses and resources in a sustainable, technology-based learning environment.

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Engineering Professional Development

The College encourages engineers to continue their professional growth through licensure, certification, and other opportunities throughout their careers. To assist engineers seeking professional registration, we offer review courses for the FE and PE examinations.

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523