NASF Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

With the goal of encouraging students to engage and continue their study in the field of surface finishing, each year, the NASF/AESF Foundation awards scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate level students who major in the areas of chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, metallurgical engineering, materials science engineering, metallurgy, or materials sciences.  We are pleased to announce awarding scholarships to two graduate level students for the 2017 school year: 

Nivyan Musavvir
Masters Degree Program: Materials Science & Engineering: Corrosion Engineering
Texas A & M University

Baraka Lwoya
Doctoral Degree Program: Chemical Engineering: Polymer Engineering & Surface Coatings
Tulane University

NASF is now accepting applications for our 2018 Scholarship Program. For deadlines and applications, please click here.

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Leadership Spotlight: James Sullivan

James SullivanJames Sullivan is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Schumacher Companies in Houston, TX which consist of: The Schumacher Company, Dixie Electro Plating and Spraymetal Inc., all serving the Oil & Gas industry. With 42 years of plating/metal finishing and management experience, James is responsible for all of the Schumacher Companies activities.

James started his finishing career in Fort Worth, TX in 1975 working with plating/finishing companies mostly serving the Aerospace industry. In 1994 James relocated to Chicago, IL. Where he ran several plating job shops as General Manager working with industries such as: Aerospace, Injection Mold & Tool and the Optics Industry.

James has held positions such as: Masker, Plater, Anodizer, Lead Plater, Plating Supervisor, Production Manager, Lab Manager, Outside Sales, Plant Manager and General Manager all with job shops within the finishing industry. James has hands-on experience with many types of plating and anodizing processes including wet spray Mil-spec priming. Further, James has a thorough knowledge of waste treatment and compliance issues facing our finishing industry.

As VP/COO of the Schumacher Companies which is one of the larger Hard Chrome job shops in the country, James is constantly involved with regulatory and compliance challenges facing the finishing industry. For the last many years, James has been very active attending most of the NASF events such as: The Washington Forum, SUR/FIN and the Leadership Conference.

With 42 years of job shop experience, James has a well-rounded knowledge of the constant challenges facing platers/finishers and what is needed to meet these challenges.

James also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for 6 years and is a current Board member with the National Association For Surface Finishing since 2016 and also a Board member with his local chapter the Texas Association Of Metal Finishers now for several years. James has been married for 36 years and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. In his off time James enjoys spending time with family.

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