Join Us in Los Angeles for Airline and Aerospace Finishing

Join us in Los Angeles on November 10 – 14 for the Education Foundation’s course in Airline & Aerospace Finishing. This training program is designed to be beneficial for employees and supervisors working in Airline/Aerospace OEMs, aircraft rework facilities and suppliers to the airline/aerospace industry. Trainees should have at minimum a high school diploma. Some experience in processing parts for surface finishing is helpful but not required. The training materials and instruction are in English. In many cases, metric and/or US/English units of measurement are utilized. Students are taught how to convert between the two systems of measurement.

For pricing and registration details, visit our course catalog.

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West Coast Chapters Announce Office Restructuring

The Metal Finishing Associations  of Southern and Northern California announced, Tuesday, the immediate restructuring of their chapter office. In addition to the elimination of the Executive Director position, all member and chapter administrative responsibilities have been consolidated to the role of Administrative Assistant.

“In the midst of these changes, we have received an excellent response to the upcoming Fall Outing at Terranea Resort, October 10-12”, stated Bryan Leiker, MFASC Chapter President. “We look forward to a successful weekend of networking and meetings.”    Registered attendees will receive a detailed event schedule via email.

Please contact the MFACA with any questions at (877) 238-9490 or

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2014 Science and Engineering Scholarship Competition Now Open

NASF supports student research in plating and surfacing finishing

WASHINGTON D.C. – The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Open to national and international applicants attending an accredited college, NASF’s Scholarship Program supports student research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due December 9, 2014.
Undergraduate and graduate students studying chemical engineering, material science or engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, environmental engineering or chemistry are encouraged to apply. Undergraduates must be a junior in standing or above when applying and must be of senior standing for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Honorary scholarship recipients will each receive an award in the amount of $1,500 USD toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing industries. Interested applicants should visit for complete program information.

NASF is pleased to congratulate these 2013 scholarship award winners for their contributions to the future of the surface finishing industry. Each recipient was chosen on the basis of four major factors: (1) academic record, (2) personal statement, (3) work experience and (4) extracurricular activities.

Harman Khare
Harman KhareHarman Khare is a postdoctoral researcher in nanotribology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on multi-scale experimental studies in the tribology of solid lubricant materials, such as surface coatings and nanocomposite materials, and conventional engine oils for reducing friction and wear. The NASF Educational Scholarship has enabled Khare to communicate his research to his peers in surface mechanics and tribology and the broader science and engineering community.

Yunfei Xu
Yunfei XuYunfei Xu is a PhD candidate in chemistry at Harvard University. Having previously studied noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for water splitting reactions, his current research is focused on surface chemistry and catalysis. Passionate about extracurricular activities, Yunfei Xu co-authored 10 publications, including research articles, reviews, a book chapter and 2 patents during his undergraduate. In 2013/2014, he served as a fellow in both Venture Club and the Alumni Relations board of the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association (HCSSA). Xu is now the 2014/2015 co-chair of Alumni Relations for HCSSA.

Hao Song
Hao SongHao Song is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering and materials science at Wayne State University. He is currently developing a sustainability metrics system to comprehensively evaluate the sustainability performance of electroplating systems. Song recognizes the significant environmental and social challenges the surface finishing industry faces. His goal is to help engineers have a better understanding of electroplating systems from a sustainability point of view to guide appropriate decisions toward sustainability development.

Robert Swasey
Robert SwaseyRobert Swasey is an undergraduate manufacturing engineering technology major at Brigham Young University. He began to explore the possibility of a career in surface finishing after taking a material removal class, where he was introduced to a number of surface finishing technologies and manufacturing processes. In addition to landing an overseas manufacturing internship related to surface finishing, Swasey’s long-term goal is to enter the aerospace industry or medical equipment industry upon graduation.

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