TAPPI Announces Division-Level Honors
Many of TAPPI’s distinguished awards were to be presented during PaperCon 2020. While that event was rescheduled to April 25 – 28, 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, TAPPI is nevertheless pleased to “virtually” celebrate these members’ many achievements.
Over the next several weeks, TAPPI will highlight winners of the prestigious Division-level awards in publications like Over the Wire, on TAPPI’s homepage, and in virtual ceremonies. Recognizing scientific achievement, outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and service to our industry and communities, these awards do more than honor those receiving them—they highlight the qualities valued by TAPPI members.
The schedule of virtual award ceremonies includes:
- June 10 – Process Control
- June 16 – Paper & Board
- June 17 – Coating and Graphic Arts
- June 18 - P&PQ/Nonwovens/ IRMC
- June 30 – Women in Industry Woman of the Year (at the Women’s Summit)/PIMA
For information on attending any or all of the above, please contact TAPPI’s Paper Division Account Manager Tyler Mast at [email protected].
Nominations for 2021 award winners are open until August 1, 2020. Please visit the awards page for more information.
Process Control Division (June 10, 2020):
Division Leadership and Service Award
DAVID MOORE, SAPPI FINE PAPER
Moore graduated from the University of Maine and has worked in the pulp and paper industry for more than 36 years. He started his career as an R&D process engineer at PH Glatfelter and has worked at the Sappi Skowhegan, ME mill for the last 31 years as a process engineer, papermill production engineer, and lately as technical specialist focused on special capital projects. Moore has served as chair of the TAPPI Process Control Division and now serves as awards chair.
Division Technical Award
AMOR LAHOUAOULA, HONEYWELL
Lahouaoula is a QCS optimizer expert at Honeywell Sheet Manufacturing Center of Excellence. His career at Honeywell has spanned more than 23 years. Lahouaoula has authored or co-authored more than 15 papers and holds a Ph.D. in Automatic Control from University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse. An expert in QCS paper machines application specializing in cross direction control applications, he has dedicated his efforts towards commissioning and optimizing paper machine cross direction control.
Paper and Board Division (June 16, 2020):
Division Leadership and Service Award and Oscar May Prize
GREG WEDEL, KADANT JOHNSON
A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Wedel began his career as a research engineer with Beloit Corporation. In 2000, he joined Kadant Johnson and has served in his current role as president since 2006. Wedel has been an avid inventor of novel technologies, particularly in paper drying methods, systems, and equipment, and holds 60 US patents. He is an active member and TAPPI Fellow.
Division Technical Award and Harris O. Ware Prize
PEKKA KORMANO, INTERNATIONAL PAPER
A TAPPI Fellow and frequent TAPPI conference presenter, Kormano spent 17 years with Valmet as an application engineer, project engineer, and product manager. In 2004, he helped start up Deublin Steam Systems and was a senior engineer for them for thirteen years; He is currently an Engineering Fellow for International Paper. Kormano is known for his deep understanding of papermaking steam and hood systems, exemplary leadership, and his knowledge-sharing.