NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,500.00
Application Deadline: February 6, 2018

Each year, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and the AESF Foundation awards financial scholarships to academically well-deserving students studying in the areas of: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry.

Each scholarship award is in the amount of $1,500.00 and requires:

  • A statement describing applicant’s career objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors
  • A professional resume
  • Official undergraduate or graduate transcript

Students are judged on four major factors: (1) Academic record, (2) Personal Statement, (3) Working Experience, and (4) Extracurricular Activities. Selection is based on, but limited to: career interest in surface finishing, academic achievement, motivation and potential.

To qualify for the undergraduate scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

To qualify for the graduate scholarship, students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited university.

To learn more about the NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship Program or to submit an application, click here or contact Annika Mikkelsen at Deadline to submit an application is February 6, 2018.

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The 2018 NASF/AESF Foundation Course Catalog is Here!

Download the catalog here with in-depth description of courses, pricing, and our 2018 training schedule.

The Four Training Platforms:

Home Study – The Home Study program is a wonderful way to take Foundation courses if you are unable to attend our In-Person training or wish to have time to study the materials before taking the optional exam. All courses are able to be taken as Home Study courses, can be started at any time and are completed at your own pace. Home Study courses are great for individuals who are self-starters and enjoy reading through course materials to complete a course.
Web-Based – Web-Based courses are a simple way to receive training without the travel. Web-Based courses are scheduled throughout the year and are hosted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between noon and 2pm ET online with a live instructor. Each session is recorded and available to review for 30-days after the original posting date. Web-Based courses are great for individuals who want live instructor interaction but need the flexibility of time.
In-Person – In-Person training is offered throughout the year in particular locations across the country. In-Person courses range between 2-4 days in length and are located no more than 10 – 15 minutes from the chosen city’s airport.
Custom – If you have a group of 10 or more employees you would like to train in a particular course at your facility, we can send an instructor to you. Mix and match modules from any courses we offer or host an entire course directly to your employees at a time decided upon by you. Custom Courses are a great option for companies who have a large number of employees they wish to train on a particular subject.
To learn more about NASF/AESF Foundation training contact: Matt Martz at

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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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Valuable Technical Resource at Your Fingertips: Explore

Did you know, as an active member of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), you have access to one of the most comprehensive online tools for surface finishing?

Launched in early 2017, NASF, in partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and continued grant funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched the Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (

STERC offers a fresh new look with additional menu options, an expanded library, combined training and education products from the AESF Foundation and NCMS, highlights of pending new rules and compliance deadlines, and other planned features. The STERC library is now home to thousands of searchable technical articles and papers from Plating and Surface Finishing (P&SF) magazine to SUR/FIN conference papers, as well as articles and papers from many other sources. Under the new partnership, the content of the library is included in your NASF membership.

STERC is a valuable one-stop resource for the latest compliance information and best practices for reducing pollution for the surface fishing industry. Like the old National Metal Finishing Resource Center (NMFRC), STERC will continue to include:

  • Easy-to-follow regulatory overviews
  • Tips on how to comply
  • Best-practice solutions that can help the environment while saving companies money
  • Industry calculators
  • Links to other useful resources

For more information on STERC, contact Jeff Hannapel at or Matt Martz at

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Register Today for SUR/FIN Atlanta – Sessions Begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19, 2017

The NASF SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference has expanded and is shaping up to be the event you can’t afford to miss. Because the 2017 event has so much to offer, the conference program will now begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19. This is a departure from recent years when the conference program kicked off in the afternoon. The new schedule allows attendees to take advantage of the full range of conference sessions without sacrificing time on the show floor.

The conference program can be viewed at In addition to the key session offerings such as Advances in Surface Finishing and Automotive and Technical Responses to REACh, there will also be sessions on Aerospace & Defense, Technology for Increasing Performance, and more. Attendees and exhibitors will have a total of 14 sessions from which to choose, plus complimentary sessions such as the Sustainability Summit, Nadcap and keynote presentations from Executive Director of the Automotive Industry Action Group J. Scot Sharland and Scott Fetter with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program at Lockheed Martin.

More than 180 companies will showcase the latest equipment, supplies and services in more than 100 product categories. SUR/FIN exhibitors will provide their expertise in surface technology to make your company more efficient and profitable. Looking for a particular product or service from our exhibitors? You’ll find it here.

Registration is now open at

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Bright Design West Coast Winners Announced!

Bright Design West Coast supported fourteen students as they brought innovative ideas to surface finishing . NASF, MFASC and MFANC teamed up to sponsor the Challenge for the seventh year with the Pasadena Art School of Design. Final presentations took place on Dec. 14, 2016, with $15,000 in scholarships being awarded.

First place went to Sunny Innsun Park for her design of UNION key. Anthony Fernandez and Rosalia Hosseinzadeh also received awards for their projects Ascender and Iridess, respectively.

We’d like to extend special thanks to our judges: Ray Lucas, Vince Noonan, Justin Guzman and MFASC President Wesley Turnbow. Alan Olick of General Brite Plating and Bryan Leiker of K&L Anodizing also supported the competition by providing the surface finishing processes for all student projects this year.

Look for updates on the Detroit Bright Design Challenge, kicking off this week, and the 2017 West Coast Challenge to begin in early September.


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The NASF/AESF Foundation 2017 Course Catalog is Here!

Click Here to download the course schedule and catalog

Four Approaches to Education

In-Person Classroom Courses:

  • Taught across the country over 2-4 days
  • Electroplating & Surface Finishing (CEF) and Airline & Aerospace Finishing taught at SUR/FIN 2017

Web-Based Training:

  • Foundation courses in a series of web-based sessions
  • Live, online interaction with industry experts
  • 2-hour sessions take place Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00PM EST
  • Course recordings available for 30-days after original posting date

Home Study:

  • Learn any Foundation course at home and at your own pace
  • Receive hard copy materials which include lessons and homework
  • Technical Education Director responds to questions, grades homework and offers insight on improvements
  • Proctored exams at your location are also available

Custom Courses:

  • Design your own course to meet your company needs
  • Mix and match 110 available course modules
  • No travel required, we come to you

Visit our Education page for more information.

Road to Master Surface Finisher (MSF)

The AESF Foundation offers all primary, core and secondary courses for anyone interested in the “Master Surface Finisher” (MSF) certification program. Starting with either the CEF or CAF certification, students can progress to MSF by completing five of the additional courses and exams listed below.

Primary: (Choose 1)

  • Airline & Aerospace Finishing (CAF)
  • Electroplating & Surface Finishing (CEF)

Core: (Choose 3)

  • Aluminum Finishing
  • Chromium Plating for Engineering Purposes
  • Electroforming
  • Electroless Deposition
  • Precious Metals Plating
  • Zinc & Zinc Alloy Plating

Secondary: (Choose 2)

  • Corrosion & Salt Spray
  • Environmental Stewardship: Pollution Prevention
  • Environmental Stewardship: Wastewater Treatment

Visit our Certification page for more information

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NASF Secures EPA Pollution Prevention Grant with National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Focus: Advancing Industry Environmental Performance & Sustainability

NASF’s research and training arm, the AESF Foundation, has been awarded a pollution prevention grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The grant proposal was submitted earlier in the year to the agency under the NASF joint partnership with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).

The new project will focus on evaluating and benchmarking current and emerging industry pollution prevention practices. NCMS and NASF will initially prepare a comprehensive list of pollution prevention options for the industry, develop a survey and audit tools for evaluating pollution prevention options at surface finishing facilities. The project will engage approximately six potential facilities from the Michigan Chapter of NASF to participate in survey and audit phases for the implementation of pollution prevention practices.

NCMS and NASF will then provide training and technical support for implementing pollution prevention options, prepare company case studies on the participating facilities, and incorporate the results of the project into the association’s technical education courses. They will also conduct workshops for the surface finishing industry to promote the implementation of effective pollution prevention practices.

The new project will generate useful information to promote effective pollution prevention practices and further improve the environmental performance of the surface finishing industry. If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding this project, please contact Christian Richter of Jeff Hannapel with NASF at or

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NASF Provides Training Session for EPA on Plating Industry Air Rule

EPA Region V Office of Enforcement recently identified some common problems with compliance with the plating and polishing NESHAP rule for area sources (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart WWWWWW), and then asked the state Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAPs) in Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) to see if they can work with the industry to facilitate compliance.

The SBEAP representatives contacted NASF representatives in each state and invited them to participate in a dialogue to develop the best approach to facilitate further compliance with the plating and polishing area source rule. During these discussions the NASF representatives noted that some of the compliance issues identified by EPA may be the result of misinterpretations and confusion regarding the implementation of the rule requirements and indicated the industry’s willingness to assist in the development of guidance to ensure continued compliance with the requirements of the plating and polishing rule.   Specifically, NASF agreed to present a compliance training session on the rule for SBEAP and EPA officials.

On November 15, 2016, NASF representatives, Joelie Zak and Jeff Zak of Scientific Control Laboratories and Jeff Hannapel of The Policy Group, went to the EPA Region 5 offices in Chicago and provided a training session and informal discussion on the plating and polishing rule for a small group of SBEAP and EPA Region 5 officials.  The group included SBEAP representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, as well as officials form EPA Region 5 enforcement and air toxics offices.

The training sessions focused on fundamental plating processes and the requirements of the rule, particularly with regards to how the industry demonstrates compliance with the management practices and the use of wetting agents and fume suppressants. The presentation and discussion was well received and much appreciated by the audience of regulators.  While the EPA enforcement officials did not necessarily agree with NASF and SBEAP representatives on the scope of the potential compliance issues with the rule requirements, all parties agreed to develop guidance that could provide further clarification for industry and agency inspectors on how the rule must be implemented.  This guidance will be shared with surface finishing facilities that may be subject to the rule and agency inspectors and other regulators who are charged with implementing and enforcing the requirements of the rule.

The partnership among the NASF, EPA, and the SBEAP representatives continues to be a very constructive process. NASF will disseminate compliance assistance and guidance on the applicable requirements of the plating and polishing rule to promote ongoing compliance with the rule for the surface finishing industry.

For more information regarding the plating polishing area source rule and the industry’s efforts to promote compliance with EPA and the states, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at

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New Introductory Training Course Announced

Designed for line operators and maintenance personnel
September 6 through 21

NASF’s training arm, the AESF Foundation, is announcing the expanded version of its popular SUR/FIN 2015 Boot Camp to help meet the need for training qualified workers. This course is written and provided in a non-technical fashion and assumes no formal math or technical knowledge. The training program consists of 9 lessons on the following subjects listed here.

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