I have worked at IP in the Global Technology organization since 2007 where my responsibilities include developing cost savings projects associated with black liquor evaporators and supporting IP mills worldwide with his evaporator and kraft liquor cycle process expertise. I held a research faculty position at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2002 to 2006 where I led a research effort on crystallization and fouling during black liquor evaporation. I was a senior research engineer at MeadWestvaco in Charleston, South Carolina from 1999 to 2002 where I worked on improving evaporator and recovery boiler availability and thermal efficiency. Early in my career, I focused on recovery boiler modeling and black liquor gasification R&D as a research engineer at McDermott Technology Inc. in Alliance, Ohio (1994-1999), as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (1993), and as a research associate at Åbo Akademi University, Combustion Chemistry Research Group in Turku, Finland (1992). I received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta; an M.S. from Lawrence University (Institute of Paper Chemistry) in Appleton, Wisconsin; and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. I am currently the TAPPI Engineering Division honors char and was the chairman of the TAPPI Engineering Division (2014-2016). I am also the co-chair of the AF&PA Recovery Boiler Program R&D Committee (since 2007).
My greatest joys in life are spending time with his two teenage children and traveling with my domestic partner, Stephanie. I have enjoyed cooking and exploring international cuisine since childhood; I also enjoy wine collecting, reading, hiking and fishing.