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Robert Heidersbach is an experienced engineer, forensic consultant, and former professor with almost five decades of experience within the fields of corrosion, metallurgy, and engineering. He is most known in his field for his textbook, Metallurgy and Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Production, which is often use… Read More
Robert Heidersbach is an experienced engineer, forensic consultant, and former professor with almost five decades of experience within the fields of corrosion, metallurgy, and engineering. He is most known in his field for his textbook, Metallurgy and Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Production, which is often used in college courses to serve as an introduction to the subject.

When asked about the book, Robert says “Most of the subjects have been suggested by participants in classes I have taught worldwide to industrial audiences. During my career as a professor, I tried to bring into the classroom the lessons taught to me from these industrial courses and from my consulting practice.”

Robert has spent a large portion of his career educating students about corrosion at a variety of well-known universities. Other than his time spent at California Polytechnic State University, Robert Heidersbach served as an Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering at The University of Rhode Island and a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University.

Robert Heidersbach currently serves as the President of Dr. Rust, Inc., and does consulting for a variety of other clients in the areas of oil and gas production, aerospace equipment, military hardware, construction, litigation, and failure analysis. Most notably, Robert assists with special projects at the NASA kennedy Space Center, which is close to his home in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Several of Robert’s other recent projects have led him all around the world. Some of his recent projects include work on a pharmaceutical plant in Ireland, a metal rolling mill in the Midwest, major port facilities in Alaska and Peru, and the new Oakland Bay Bridge in California.

Although Robert travels the globe to help other businesses with corrosion, he doesn’t forget about teaching the important topic to college students as well. As a dedicated professor, Robert Heidersbach has taught corrosion classes and training sessions in Brunei, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, Taiwan, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Robert Heidersbach has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to enlighten students of all backgrounds about the importance of corrosion, oil and gas. When he has spare time, Robert takes his wife along with him on his travels. He has truly relished the opportunity to explore the world on an international scale as it has presented the unique opportunity to learn from a variety of people, life perspectives, and cultures.

For Robert, travel is all about meeting new people and fully immersing yourself in a new culture. He particularly enjoys learning about the area’s history and taking the time to appreciate the architectural influences that are unique to the region as well. Robert Heidersbach aims to make his trips as authentic as possible and interact with the local people. That is why a great deal of his travel is confined to rural areas and small towns. Read Less
• Registered Professional Engineer, California; Corrosion Engineer #93, Metallurgical Engineer #1817
• Certified Corrosion Specialist, National Association of Corrosion; Engineers #1486
• ABET Accreditation Visitor, Materials Engineering, 1990-2002; Visits to Arizona, Winona State, Michigan Tech, Wisconsin, MIT… Read More
• Registered Professional Engineer, California; Corrosion Engineer #93, Metallurgical Engineer #1817
• Certified Corrosion Specialist, National Association of Corrosion; Engineers #1486
• ABET Accreditation Visitor, Materials Engineering, 1990-2002; Visits to Arizona, Winona State, Michigan Tech, Wisconsin, MIT, Columbia, and Washington State
• National Association of Corrosion Engineers - Chair, Technical Committee T3K, Corrosion of Metals in Concrete, 1973-1976; Vice-Chair, 1979-1981; Chair, 1981-1983; Group Committee T3, Corrosion Science & Technology; Chair, National Conference Program Committee, 1983-1985; Chair, Task Group T-1- 3, Erosion Corrosion in Oil and Gas Production, 1985-1987; Chair, Task Group T-3- 1, Computers in Corrosion Control,
1985-1988; Chair, College Relations Committee, 1985-1988; NACE Fellow, recognition in 2004
• SYNTHESIS Engineering Education Coalition (NSF Project); Coordinator, Community College Educators Conferences, 2002-2003
• University Materials Council; Chair, Committee on Computers in Materials Education, 1987-1989
• American Institute for Chemical Engineers; Chair, Offshore Technology Conference Program Subcommittee, 1984-1986; Member of the committee, 1980-1984; Marine Corrosion Short Course, developer and instructor,1985-1989
• Society of Petroleum Engineers; Introduction to Oil field Metallurgy and Corrosion Short Course,
developer and instructor, 1985-1989
• Highway Research Board, National Academy of Sciences; Corrosion Committee Member, 1983-1993
• American Society for Metals (ASM International); Editor, sections on Marine Corrosion and on Anodic and Cathodic Protection, The Metals Handbook, Volume 13, Corrosion
• American Society for Engineering Education, member until 2002
• The Metals Society of AIME; Offshore Technology Conference Program Committee Member,
1976, 1977 and 1979
• Society of Women Engineers, Cal Poly Chapter; Most supportive faculty member award, 1989
• Proposal Review Panels and Site Visitor, National Science Foundation; Department of Energy, NASA Read Less
• 1974-1981; U.S. Navy Air Systems Command. Metallurgical failure analysis and reliability of jet engines.
• 1975-1976, 1986; Battelle Columbus Laboratories. Hydrogen embrittlement, corrosion economics, and nuclear waste storage.
• 1977-1984; Ocean Technology Inc., Middletown, RI. Corrosion and failure analysis… Read More
• 1974-1981; U.S. Navy Air Systems Command. Metallurgical failure analysis and reliability of jet engines.
• 1975-1976, 1986; Battelle Columbus Laboratories. Hydrogen embrittlement, corrosion economics, and nuclear waste storage.
• 1977-1984; Ocean Technology Inc., Middletown, RI. Corrosion and failure analysis on weapon systems including torpedoes, cruise missiles, and related hardware.
• 1980; General Motors Corporation, Dayton, OH. New plant construction at a seaside location in Spain.
• 1980; Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA. Development of national pipeline research plan.
• 1980; Teledyne Geotech, Dallas, TX. Materials selection for ocean-bottom instrument packages.
• 1983-1986; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, VA. Corrosion of masonry buildings.
• 1980-1985; Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI. Corrosion and metallurgical failure analysis.
• 1983-1995; Pertamina Oil Company, Jakarta, Indonesia. Corrosion control in oil and gas production, hydrogen sulfide safety.
• 1984; Amoco Production Research, Tulsa, OK. Multiphase fluid velocity effects in oil and gas wells.
• 1985-1986; Eltech Systems, Fairport Harbor, OH. Alloy development for aluminum-air batteries.
• 1985; 20/20 Television Program. Corrosion restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
• 1988 - Present; National Association of Corrosion Engineers, Houston, TX. Short course instructor on five continents.
• 1989; General Electric Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. Short courses on corrosion to engineers and researchers.
• 1989-2003; Savannah River Nuclear Power Plant. Corrosion and metallurgical failure analysis consultant
• 1991-2006; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Corrosion control and materialsengineering.
• 1992; ASVENCOR, Maracaibo, Venezuela, and Panama Canal Commision. Short courses on design and corrosion control.
• 1995; Commonwealth Edison Company, Downers Grove, Illinois.
• 1996; Union Oil of Texas, Karachi, Pakistan. Corrosion control in oil and gasproduction.
• 1997-2003; NASA Kennedy Space Center, corrosion research and web design
• 2000; Argentinian Institute for Oil and Gas Production, Buenos Aires, corrosioncontrol
• 2002; Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Yokosuka, Japan. Corrosion control on large ocean going vessels.
• 2002; RDC Oil Consultants. Corrosion causes on large gathering line system inSiberia.
• 2003; Roche Pharmaceuticals, Boulder, Colorado. Corrosion in chemicalprocess plant making pharmaceutical precursors.
• 2003 - Present; Guideline (formerly Teltech). Corrosion consultant. Projects have included manufacturing defects associated with plumbing for buildings, aerospace materials for defense contractors, and developing a corrosion testingprogram for commercial products which might cause corrosion of adjacent
structures plus litigation-related consulting, and corrosion control of lasers.
• 2003-2008; Chevron, Houston, corrosion control and metallurgy in oil and gasproduction.
• 2004; Rota Yokogawa GMBH & Co. KG, Wehr, Germany, choice of alloys for use in refinery service with hydrogen sulfide environments.
• 2005, 2007; BP Exploration, Anchorage, Alaska. Corrosion control in oil and gas production and refinery corrosion and materials reliability.
• 2005-2006; U.S. Department of Defense. Principal investigator on project to determine the total costs of corrosion on worldwide DoD facilities.
• 2006; Corrosion y Protecion, Cuernevaca, Mexico. Corrosion control of pipelines.
• 2006; Maersk Oil and Gas, Denmark. Downhole tubulars and wellhead materials selection for oil and gas production in the North Sea.
• 2006-2008; J. M. Campbell, Co., Norman, Oklahoma. Corrosion and materials
engineering in oil and gas production.
• 2007; Seattle Metro Sewer District. Corrosion control consultant.
• 2007; Guggenheim Museum, New York City, corrosion consultant
• 2007-2008; ConocoPhillips. Corrosion instructor for in-house courses in the United States and Indonesia on upstream corrosion control.
• 2008; Rolls Royce North America, Indianapolis, Indiana. Corrosion fatigue consultant on aircraft engines.
• 2011-2012; Baxter Phamaceuticals. Corrosion consulting.
• 2012; Logan Aluminum. Corrosion questions associated with rolling mills.
• 2012-2013; Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council. Corrosion questions associated with the Valdez, Alaska, marine terminal.
• 2013-Present; Miller- Leaman, Inc., Daytona Beach, Florida. Consultant on materials selection and corrosion of marine filters.
• 2013-2016; T.Y.Lin / Moffatt & Nichol, Joint Venture. Consultant on corrosion and metallurgy issues associated with the new (opened September 2013) Oakland-San Francisco Self-Anchored Suspension Bridge.
• 2014; Peru LNG. Consultant on corrosion problems at a large LNG processing
plant and marine terminal on the desert coast of Peru
• 2015; Aselsan, Ankara, Turkey. Corrosion of equipment associated with
electronic hardware.
• 2015; SpaceX, Hawthorne, California. Alloy selection and surface treatments. Read Less
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