PPG Foundation Donates to AMPP’s EMERG Student Programs

Students participate in an EMERG high school mini-camp during the 2023 AMPP Annual Conference + Expo. Photo courtesy of AMPP.

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), the global authority in materials protection and performance, is announcing a generous donation from the PPG Foundation for AMPP’s EMERG Programs—which support students in the coatings industry.  

This contribution will support the expansion and development of several EMERG programs designed to foster education and innovation in coatings and corrosion. 

Among these initiatives are academic scholarships, the provision of Corrosion Toolkits (cKits), and the organization of a mini-camp for high school students at the 2024 AMPP Annual Conference + Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from March 3-7.

AMPP’s EMERG (engage, magnetize, educate, raise, guide) initiative represents a comprehensive life-cycle approach to engage students at all educational levels. From primary school students to veterans and adults transitioning into the industry, EMERG offers opportunities including scholarships; educational resources like the innovative cKit; and interactive mini-camps that provide hands-on learning experiences.

“Supporting AMPP’s EMERG programs and the diverse students they serve is an investment in the future workforce of the industries where PPG operates,” says Malesia Dunn, executive director of the PPG Foundation and corporate global social responsibility. 

“We believe that by engaging students early in their educational journeys, we can inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers, and professionals dedicated to advancing the field of materials protection and performance,” Dunn adds. “We recognize the importance of this donation in providing students with a hands-on, practical education that arms them with the advanced skills needed for their careers.”

The cKit, developed by AMPP's top corrosion experts, serves as a dynamic educational tool for high school teachers to demonstrate corrosion concepts in an engaging manner. It includes all necessary materials for experiments, making science accessible and enjoyable for students. 

Additionally, the EMERG Student Camp—held during AMPP’s annual conference—allows students to explore the practical applications of their studies through corrosion experiments and interactions with industry professionals.

Finally, the EMERG academic scholarships recognize and support students with exceptional academic achievement in coatings and corrosion. By offering these scholarships, AMPP and its partners aim to alleviate financial barriers for students pursuing careers in this critical industry. This is the 11th year of PPG’s support of AMPP scholars. 

“Through initiatives like EMERG, we aim to create a continuous cycle of engagement, education, and professional development that not only supports students but also enriches our industry as a whole,” says Kim Ray, director of the EMERG Student Outreach Program. “We are immensely grateful to the PPG Foundation for their generous donation, enabling us to expand our reach and impact more students and future industry leaders.”

According to the organizations, the partnership between AMPP and the PPG Foundation demonstrates a mutual commitment to developing talent and advancing innovation in materials protection and performance. Through its support of EMERG programs, PPG is aiming to significantly influence the industry's future while contributing to enhanced materials protection, performance improvements, and achieving sustainability objectives.

For more information about the EMERG programs and how to get involved, visit www.ampp.org/about/emerg-student-outreach

About AMPP

AMPP is a global community of professionals focused on the protection of assets and the performance of industrial and natural materials. Established in 2021 following a merger between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, the new association unites 145 years of corrosion control and protective coatings expertise and service to industry and members worldwide. 

Today, AMPP is the world’s largest corrosion control and protective coatings organization, serving more than 35,000 members in over 140 countries. AMPP is headquartered in the United States with offices in Houston and Pittsburgh, along with additional offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai (training center), Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.

Source: AMPP, www.ampp.org