Tiffany D. Vorhies, NACE CIP-2 provides project management and expertise in the areas of steel and coatings inspection and assessments. She is the Group Leader for the Steel/Coatings/Nondestructive Testing Services Group, which includes managing a team of certified coating and steel inspectors at SME. Tiffany has been performing coatings inspection and specification since 2007, and is considered a local expert for coating assessments. Her coating project inspection experience includes multiple bridges, tank liners, tank exteriors, water towers, building facades, structural steel, helipads, stadiums, coast guard boats, piping and many specialty components. She has written specifications ranging from corrosion mitigation in high corrosion natatoriums to the lead based paint removal and recoating of an entire football stadium. Her steel related project management experience includes projects such as conveyor integrity assessments, American Petroleum Institute (API) tank audits, bridge inspections, fabrication shop audits and specialty nondestructive testing (NDT) reviews. Tiffany has a BS degree in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University. She previously worked in design and quality control for a truss manufacturer for nearly eight years and has been with SME since 2006.

Coatings projects are often at the mercy of the weather, which can ultimately affect schedules. Tiffany has a knack for communicating with owners and contractors to maintain a combined effort toward the importance of quality versus allowing the schedule to drive the project. Her collaborative attitude and reputation for commitment to quality have led to owners requesting her by name to oversee their projects.

Tiffany is a member of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), the MUST and MOST Safety Programs, and the Data Integrity Security Administration (DISA). She currently serves as chair of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Detroit chapter where she networks with many coatings professionals throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Tiffany previously served as NACE Detroit vice-chair two years in a row and most recently volunteered as a mentor for the NACE Mission Detroit veteran program. She has been a past member of the City of Ferndale Plan Review Commission (2009-2011).

In 2016, Tiffany was selected to participate in the NACE International Leadership Program. This exciting pilot program is intended to prepare NACE members to ascend as leaders not only in their job and industry, but also within the Association. Being seen as a leader in the industry, Tiffany was asked to present on coating inspection techniques at the Purdue Corrosion short course in Lafayette, Indiana and at the Engineered Corrosion Solutions 2015 conference in Chicago, Illinois.

In her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family which is deeply rooted in women’s college basketball. She also loves watching the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers sporting events, spending time outdoors on nature walks with her dogs and touring the local wineries of Michigan and hearing live music.


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