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Robert Heidersbach

Robert Heidersbach is an experienced engineer, forensic consultant, and former professor who has amassed over 45 years within the fields of corrosion and metallurgy. His experience includes teaching oil and gas related corrosion courses on five continents as well as consulting on corrosion and failure analysis problems for major industrial organizations and various legal clients.

Robert currently serves as the President of Dr. Rust, Inc. Robert established the company in order to work as a NASA subcontractor, however, he does consulting for a variety of other customers as well. With a focus on corrosion, metallurgy, and materials, Robert consults for clients in the areas of oil and gas production, aerospace equipment, military hardware, construction, litigation, and failure analysis. Several of Robert Heidersbach’s recent projects include work with a pharmaceutical plant in Ireland; a metal rolling mill in the Midwest; major port facilities in Alaska and Peru, and the new Oakland Bay Bridge in California. In 2017 one of his projects involved microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of stainless steel piping at a power plant construction site. MIC after hydrotesting is a well-recognized problem in the oil and gas industry, but it is relatively unknown in power plant construction.


Over 45 years of experience within the fields of corrosion and metallurgy.


Corrosion and failure analysis consultant for industrial and legal clients.


Has taught oil and gas related corrosion courses on five continents.


Author of Metallurgy and Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Production.

Global Teacher

Robert Heidersbach has been fortunate enough to teach corrosion classes and training sessions for a variety of clients around the world. Recently, he has taught classes in Brunei, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, Taiwan, and Trinidad and Tobago. Robert truly enjoys the opportunity to meet people from different cultures and connect over a common interest of metallurgy and corrosion control.


Previously, Robert Heidersbach served as professor for over 28 years. His educational pursuits began with the University of Rhode Island in 1974, where he served as an Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering for seven years. In 1981, Robert joined Oklahoma State University where he served as a Professor of Chemical Engineering for five years. In 1986, he assumed the role of Department Chair and Professor at Cal Poly State University where he remained for the next sixteen years.


In 2011, Robert Heidersbach published a book, Metallurgy and Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Production. He is currently in the process of rewriting and updating the publication, and welcomes any suggestions on how to improve the book. Metallurgy and Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Production is based on Robert’s experience teaching new engineers that need to understand metallurgy and corrosion control in the oil industry. While the target audience for the book is recent graduates, it also provides valuable information for people new to the oil and gas industry or to corrosion problems. The book has been translated into Chinese and is available in hard copy and pdf formats.

Robert Heidersbach is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, where he studied Metallurgical Engineering. He later went on to attend the University of Florida, where he earned his Masters in Metallurgical Engineering followed by his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering. Robert currently resides in Cape Canaveral, Florida where he enjoys traveling, biking, and kayaking during his free time.