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NDSU Department of Coatings & Polymeric Materials marks 100th year.

The Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University will celebrate its 100th year of existence October 21-22. Events will include an open house, tours, a banquet, and alumni gatherings.

The department is internationally known for its innovative coatings educational and research programs. It has developed numerous partnerships with industry and government agencies over the years.


Notable research efforts include a nontoxic aluminum primer for airplanes, antifouling and fouling-release silicones for ships, durable hybrid coatings for aircraft systems, and protective coatings for outdoor bronze sculptures and the preservation of modern art.

Formerly known as the Department of Polymers and Coatings, it has a long history of leading research. The department's work began in the early 1900s, at a time when paints were largely unregulated and had varying degrees of durability. In 1905, the North Dakota legislature enacted a law that required the ability to test paints to help prevent product adulteration and deception. NDSU, then called North Dakota Agricultural College, quickly stepped forward and set up a testing fence in 1906, and for the first time durability of paint was studied.

Since then, the department has earned a reputation for innovative coatings research and continuing professional education. It is one of only six universities in the United States to offer programs in coatings.

At the banquet on October 21, the honored guest will be NDSU master's degree graduate Lowell F. Wood, a retired vice president for production at Frost Paint and Oil Corp. Mr. Wood is an Honorary Member of FSCT and a 50-year member of the Northwestern Society. The Lowell Wood Graduate Fellowship will be presented at the banquet.

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Date:Oct 1, 2005
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