TAPPI Fellows

April 30 - May 4, 2022 | Charlotte, NC USA

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Congratulations to our TAPPI Fellow New Inductees

Ambassadors—Role Models—Thought Leaders
 

The select few who earn the title “TAPPI Fellow” are all these things and more. For more than 50 years, TAPPI Fellows have continued to enrich the industry with their contributions. Only a small percentage of TAPPI members ever achieve this distinction. TAPPI Fellows represent every area of the industry and hail from all over the world, creating a global fellowship of men and women whose professionalism and high personal standards serve as inspiration.

Considerations for selection include longstanding TAPPI Membership, exemplary volunteer leadership, and outstanding contributions to the industry’s knowledge base. The TAPPI Fellow designation is also conferred upon recipients of the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal or Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Awards, and those who have served on TAPPI’s Board of Directors upon completion of their term.

 
 2021 TAPPI Fellow Inductees
   
Mary Beth Cornell
Mary Beth Cornell, CAE
TAPPI

TAPPI member since 1985


Mary Beth Cornell began her career here at TAPPI in 1983 and has held many key positions within our organization including director of business development and training, board and volunteer group management, education, knowledge development, operations, marketing, administration, sales, product development, business development, and publications. She is currently TAPPI’s director of membership and global development.

Cornell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University and is a Certified Association Executive. When not working at TAPPI, she volunteers with two Hippotherapy program, takes horseback riding lessons, works out with a boxing coach, and enjoys yoga to counteract the boxing and horseback riding.

Carrie Enos
Carrie D. Enos
University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation

TAPPI member since 2014

Carrie Enos earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1999 and over the next 14 years, worked with Sappi North America, International Paper and Verso Corporation in a variety of positions including process engineer, area manager and Finished Products Business Unit Manager. In 2014, she returned to the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation as President, leading partnerships between the University, the pulp and paper industry, and aspiring engineering students.

Enos lives in Bangor, Maine with her husband, Clay, and their two daughters.

Benjamin Frank
Benjamin Frank, Ph.D.

Packaging Corporation of America

TAPPI member since 2001

Dr. Benjamin Frank received a Ph.D. in physics and M.S in Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. Following post-doctoral research at Stanford and IBM, he started his career in the forest products industry in 1996 at International Paper and joined Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in 2001 as the Manager of the Packaging and Materials Testing Labs. He is presently Director-Materials Research and Innovation.

An active member of TAPPI, Dr. Frank has held leadership roles on multiple committees and is involved in the standards process, authoring and revising for both TAPPI and ISO. He is also active in ISTA and is currently chair of the FBA Technical committee.

Dr. Frank is also the recipient of the 2021 prestigious Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, the highest honor that the Association can bestow on an individual.


Glenn Hanson
Glenn Hanson III
Metso Outotec

TAPPI member since 1994

Glenn Hanson received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in 1986 and has worked over 30 years in the industry with a focus on lime recovery kiln systems in kraft pulp mills. He started his career at Allis-Chalmers Process Research & Test Center and is currently in Pyro Technical Sales Support for Metso Outotec in the North & Central Americas Region. He is co-holder of a US Patent and continues R&D work on lime recovery kiln applications.

An active TAPPI member, Hanson coordinates the annual KilnCon Workshops & Seminars, has authored/co-authored numerous papers and presentations for TAPPI, was editor & contributor to the TAPPI Lime Kiln & Recausticizing textbook, and serves on the TAPPI KROS faculty & Lime Kiln/Recaust Subcommittee. He also served on various Local Section committees and is past-chairman of Gulf Coast TAPPI.

Hanson is a dedicated and active fan of Wisconsin sports teams including the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.

Don Hiscock
Don F. Hiscock
Retired, CP Kelco

TAPPI member since 1980

Don Hiscock holds a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science and Engineering from Miami University in Ohio. After graduation, he worked for ten years at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus doing research in the areas of polymer science and technology. In 1989, he started working with Protein Technologies International/DuPont Soy Polymers, leading technical service, application development, and product quality in industrial uses of soy proteins. Before retiring in 2020, he worked at CP Kelco where he held multiple senior level positions including Director of Customer Value Creation.

Growing up in a small town,he traveled and camped often with his family and still loves doing both today. He also enjoys vintage sportscars.

Steven Keller
D. Steven Keller, Ph.D.
Miami University

TAPPI member since 1991

Steven Keller was raised in Lafayette, NY where many of his ancestors settled after the revolutionary war. In 1980, he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Syracuse University and started working for Champion Chemicals, first in Houston, TX as a chemist and then in Baton Rouge, LA as a technical service coordinator. He later moved back to Syracuse to work as a research chemist, and in 1990 was hired as a research specialist in the Empire State Paper Research Institute at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse. While there, Dr. Keller earned a Ph.D. in Paper Physics, and in 1996 accepted an appointment to the SUNY-ESF faculty in the Department of Paper Science and Engineering. In 2006 he accepted a faculty appointment to the Department of Paper and Chemical Engineering at Miami University in Oxford, OH where he is currently a professor.

Dr. Keller loves to travel and takes a group of students every other year for a month-long trip to visit paper industrial and cultural sites in Austria, Italy, Germany and Slovenia. He also enjoys family history and genealogy and builds wooden model ships in his spare time.


Femi Koyote

Obafemi “Femi” O. Kotoye, Ph.D.

Retired

TAPPI member since 1987

Femi Kotoye received a Bachelor of Science from the University of West Virginia in 1978, a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1984, and a GMA from the American School of International Management in 1996.

He joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1997 where he held a variety of roles including manager in the paper applications lab; Canadian R&D supervisor; North American technical support and development manager; new business development leader; and technical support and development leader. In 2010 he joined Styron where he served as technical sales leader and business development leader. In 2015, Styron became Trinseo and he served as an account executive.

An active TAPPI member, Dr. Kotoye served in many leadership positions for the Coating and Graphic Arts division including chairmanship in 2019. He has also been active at the local level and on various committees as well as chaired the Coating 101 and 201 courses, published industry papers, and co-authored the chapter on plastic pigments in the TAPPI PRESS book “Pigments for Paper”. He also holds two patents.

His extracurricular activities include United Way, OpenDoor Homeless Shelter, Sunday School and Bible study leader. He also enjoys football and golf and recently spent a sabbatical at his high school in Nigeria launching STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) program.


Lokenra Pal
Lokendra Pal, Ph.D.

North Carolina State University

TAPPI member since 2002

Lokendra Pal received a Ph.D. in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering from Western Michigan University and is currently an associate professor of Sustainable Materials and Engineering in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. In 2021, Dr. Pal was named NC State University Faculty Scholar for his outstanding contribution to research, excellence in teaching and student mentoring, and leadership in professional societies. He teaches Paper Process Analysis, Process Engineering and Data Analytics courses as well as many short courses on papermaking, coating, and printing.

Dr. Pal is also director of NC State’s Paper Pilot Plant-Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center and the co-founder of Tissue Pack Innovation Lab where his team leverages a pilot paper machine, a high-speed creping simulator, and a pilot coating line at NC State for research, teaching, and testing services. Before joining NC State, he spent 9 years working with Hewlett-Packard Company. He has been granted 24 patents.

A TAPPI member since 2002, he has been active as a speaker, instructor, committee chair, and member.


Scott Rosencrance
Scott Rosencrance, Ph.D.

Kemira Chemicals

TAPPI member since 1998

A native of West Virginia, Scott Rosencrance earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Physics from Fairmont State College in 1992 and three years later, earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He later earned an MBA from Auburn University in Alabama.

Dr. Rosencrance was Principal Investigator for key research programs while at Westinghouse R&D where he received the George Westinghouse Signature Award for excellence. He later worked at Nalco in R&D before joining Kemira in 2003 where he led the America’s R&D Pulp and Paper for nearly a decade before headed up the Marketing and Technical applications organization for Pulping in the America’s. In 2021 he was appointed a Regional Director.

He also has served as an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Minnesota’s Department of Bioscience Engineering and was a member of the Chemistry Advisory Board for Fairmont State University, as well as Kennesaw State University’s Biochemistry and Chemistry Advisory Board. He has authored over 75 patents and publications.

As a TAPPI member, Dr. Rosencrance served as session chair for various conference sessions, been a member of the Advisory Board for the Progress in Paper Recycling journal, and is on the TAPPI Journal Editorial Board. He also served as the Editor- in -Chief for TAPPI Journal and was chair of the Papermaking Additives committee. He is currently secretary for the Paper & Board Division.  


Matt Szymanski 
Matthew A. Szymanski
Green Bay Packaging

TAPPI member since 1990

Growing up on a family farm in Wisconsin, Matthew Szymanski thought he would study music at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Instead, he changed his major to paper science, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He also holds a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

After his freshman year, he landed an internship with Green Bay Packaging. Since then, Szymanski has held multiple positions within the company including general manager of their Green Bay mill and vice president/general manager of their Arkansas Kraft mill. He is currently Vice President of Mill Operations over both mills.

He is an active member of TAPPI and PIMA and also served on the TAPPI Board of Directors. He has also served as PIMA Executive Council Chair and TAPPI PaperCon Steering Committee Chair. In 2016 he received PIMA’s 2016 Glen T. Renegar Award.