APPF 2017 Banquet Speaker

Posted in Event on November 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

President and Chief Executive Officer of Graphic Packaging Holding Company Michael P. Doss is APPF Banquet Speaker

Michael Doss is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, a leading provider of packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage, and other consumer products companies.

Mike has held positions of commercial and operational leadership during his 27-year career with Graphic Packaging, including Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations, and Senior Vice President for the company’s $2.5 billion Consumer Packaging Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Marketing and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, both from Western Michigan University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s General Manager Program

Jiang announced as director of Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering

Posted in News on June 9, 2016 at 2:16 pm

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Zhihua Jiang, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering.

Jiang was previously a senior principal chemist for Packaging Corporation of America, and prior to that position, was a researcher at FPInnovations in Canada. Jiang has an extensive scientific publication record and extensive experience in converting solid science into applied solutions. His research accomplishments have been recognized by numerous industrial awards including the prestigious I.H. Weldon Award from the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.

“We are truly honored Dr. Jiang has joined our college,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the College of Engineering. “With his past experience and knowledge, we are confident he is going to be a great asset and help us fulfill our mission of being the best student-centered engineering experience in America.”

Jiang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wood and pulping chemistry from Nanjing Forestry University in China. He then went on to complete his doctoral degree in organic chemistry, with an emphasis in wood chemistry, from McGill University in Canada.

Jiang’s immediate goal for the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering is to develop an innovative research and development program, deliver excellent technical service to the paper industry and continue to provide a highly skilled training program for future engineers.

Marko Hakovirta Named AC-PABE Director

Posted in News on May 29, 2012 at 6:18 am

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Dr. Marko Hakovirta has been named director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering (AC-PABE) and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. Dr. Hakovirta comes to AC-PABE from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was associate director of research at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology and holds an adjunct professorship in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Hakovirta spent five years as the Chief Technology Officer of Metso Corporation (Corporate Vice President for Technology, Environment and Quality), and worked as a fellow at CERN (European Center for Particle Physics), Geneva, Switzerland and at LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory), New Mexico, as a director’s funded post-doctoral fellow. Hakovirta held a faculty position at the University of Helsinki, Department of Physics where he currently holds an adjunct professorship. Among his many awards is the Outstanding Innovation of the Year from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Hakovirta’s research interests are in novel forest-based biomaterials, nanomaterials applications and materials synthesis using plasma techniques. He is especially interested in sustainability research related to global business, and how it affects the pulp and paper industry in particular.

Department chair Dr. Christopher Roberts said, “The Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University is extremely pleased to have Dr. Hakovirta providing leadership to the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering, particularly given his wealth of experience and tremendous accomplishments in both the academic and industrial sectors. He has already forged a clear vision for AC-PABE, and the broader pulp and paper community, at this critical time for the industry.”

Dr. Hakovirta succeeds Dr. Harry Cullinan, who provided strong leadership to AC-PABE over the past 20 years until his retirement last year, and Dr. Steve Duke, who served as interim director following Dr. Cullinan’s retirement.

The Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering provides undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in science and engineering relevant to the needs of the pulp, paper and bio-resource industries, conducts fundamental and applied research in line with the industry’s research agenda, develops and transfers technology to the industry consistent with the industry’s technology vision and provides timely technical information to the operating sector of the industry.

Time for Reflection

Posted in News on August 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

By Dr. Harry Cullinan

While the urge to reminisce is great, I am able to resist for now because I’m not leaving Auburn – just transitioning to a more leisurely emeritus status, effective June 1, 2011. This will allow lots of time soon for the telling of war stories and the burnishing of legends.

Here, I just want to say that my time at Auburn University working with the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation has been absolutely a blast! This has been the world’s greatest job, and we have accomplished many fine things together for the lasting benefit of AU, APPF, the industry, our students and graduates. We can justifiably take great pride in these achievements.Even more so, we can be immensely satisfied that these were all team efforts, the doing of which was a heck of a lot of fun.All of you guys and gals have been great to work with, and I thank you all (y’all) for the honor, privilege and joy of joining with you in the pursuit of our most worthy goals.

Thanks for the memories!

Dr. Steve Duke named AC-PABE Interim Director

Posted in News on August 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Dr. Steve Duke has been named interim director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering. Dr. Duke is associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University.

Chemical Engineering department chair Dr. Christopher Roberts said, “Dr. Duke has graciously agreed to accept this interim position and I am certain that he will provide outstanding leadership to the AC-PABE center, its foundation, its students and associated faculty while we continue to search for a permanent director.”

The Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering provides undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in science and engineering relevant to the needs of the pulp, paper and bio-resource industries, conducts fundamental and applied research in line with the industry’s research agenda, develops and transfers technology to the industry consistent with the industry’s technology vision and provides timely technical information to the operating sector of the industry.