July 20, 2008

Improving the Future

By Rajsky, Gregory

Long-term success depends on young people-and the institutions that guide them. In our work life we labor not only for today, but for tomorrow, as well. While we face the demands of the project at hand, we also need to look forward to what's next. We anticipate steps likely to take place after we complete a given phase of work.

This notion extends to our careers as well as to our assignments. It helps to think about what will happen when we're done. Just as every industry seeks to exist beyond the present and into the future, most of us hope that, after we retire, our companies and our industries will continue to contribute to the society of which we are a part. In this way we are improving the future.

So we need to consider succession. Who will be doing our jobs (or their equivalent) 20, 30, or 50 years from now? Who will specify, order, buy, and use the products and services that our successors will deliver? To address these questions, we need to engage young people-and the institutions that guide them into their careers.

Enter Academia.

With an aim toward improving the future, the Education Committee of the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) is adding new emphasis to the Council's academic outreach, seeking to recruit students and faculty to participate in the Council's annual Anodizing Conference, as well as encouraging their pursuit of knowledge that will support a sustainable future for our industry.

Various academic fields can be seen to feed into the anodizing industry. Metallurgy and materials processing contribute directly to the technologies of aluminum alloy development and surface finishing. Electrochemical technologies are instrumental to process improvements. Emerging fields such as nanotechnology are opening up new possibilities for materials' properties and applications. Alternative energy source development, delivery, and storage may be crucial to the future of manufacturing across the board. Global economic studies are increasingly pertinent. Product design is essential to the future customer base. These are just a few of the areas where outreach is ongoing.

There is an old adage that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the next-best time is today.lt is important that we continue to engage the future and ensure that a productive and prosperous legacy remains from our good work to support those who will follow us. In that sense, we are working for tomorrow, improving the future.

There is an old adage that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the next-best time is today.


The Seventeenth Annual International Anodizing Conference and Exposition will be held October 28 through 30, 2008 at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel in San Francisco, California. In addition to technical presentations of both practical and theoretical content, academic papers also are being developed. Visit www.anodizing.org tor updates.

GREGORY RAJSKY, President, Aluminum Anodizers Council, [email protected]

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