State of the Industry Panel Biographies

October 28 - 31, 2018 | Portland, Oregon | Technical Solutions for Today and Beyond

Panel Moderator

David B. Turpin
Executive Director, APPTI

David B. Turpin is executive director of the forest products industry’s APPTI, The Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation (previously known as Agenda 2020), an industry-led consortium that promotes development of advanced technologies for the pulp and paper industry.  As executive director, he oversees identification of the industry’s technology research priorities and development of strategies to address them, building partnerships and identifying potential funding sources.  Prior to joining Agenda 2020 in July of 2014, he served for more than 25 years with MeadWestvaco and its predecessor Mead Corporation. Most recently, he was Vice President, Innovation Systems, and prior to that served as Vice President, Packaging Materials and Processing. He holds a B.S. degree in paper science from North Carolina State University.


Panel Members

Peter W. Hart, PhD
Director of Fiber Science and Innovation, WestRock

Peter Hart received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Pulp and Paper Technology from U Maine in 1985.  He completed an MS in Chemical Engineering from U Maine then worked for the University on soft money grants as a Research Engineer.  In 1989, Peter left Maine to go start on a PhD program in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech.  Hart graduated in December 1992.  His thesis was “The Formation and Release of Adsorbable Organic Halides during Kraft Pulp Bleaching.”  Upon being released from Tech, Hart accepted a job with Westvaco Pulping and Bleaching Research Team in Charleston, SC. One of his first mill assignments was to help start up a new oxygen delignifcation system in Covington, VA.  Hart has been with Westvaco in its varying incarnations since January 1993 in various with ever increasing responsibility.  He transferred into production at the Wickliffe, KY mill and then moved to the Evadale TX facility in 1999.  Upon merging with Mead, Hart returned to R&D.  He is currently the Director of Fiber Science and Innovation for WestRock.  Hart has published more than 90 peer reviewed publications, edited several books and has authored several patents.      


Anthony (Tony) Murray

Tony Murray received his Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne England.
He has been a supplier of evaporators, crystallizers, and other equipment to the chemical and paper industries for close to 50 years.


Fritz Paulsen, PhD
Research & Development Manager, KapStone Paper & Packaging Company

Fritz Paulsen is the Research & Development Manager in Charleston, SC, for KapStone Paper & Packaging Company, where he drives the R&D innovation efforts throughout the corporation. He began his formal career with Westvaco Corporation in 1997 in the Charleston Research Division and continued in R&D after the merger of Mead and Westvaco (MWV), joining Kapstone through the company’s acquisition of the Charleston Mill.  

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1992 and completed his graduate study at the University of Maine, where he obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering with emphasis on the pulp & paper industry.  


Alan W. Rudie, PhD
Assistant Director, Wood Fiber and Composites Research Division, USDA, Forest Products Laboratory

Alan Rudie is the Assistant Director, Wood Fiber and Composites Research Division at the USDA, Forest Products Laboratory in Madison Wisconsin.  Dr. Rudie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 from Wartburg College with majors in Chemistry and Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 1978 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In 1978, he took a job with International Paper Company at the Corporate Research Center in Sterling Forest, NY.  The research focus of this group was development projects in both kraft and mechanical pulping and bleaching.  In 1989 he accepted an appointment as Associate Professors at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia where he focused on research in mechanical pulping and trace metals management in pulp mill bleach plants. While at IPST, Dr. Rudie served as the Faculty Chair from 1998 to 2002 and chaired the Reaccreditation Self-Study Committee from 1999 to 2002.  Alan accepted a position as a Project Leader at the Forest Products Laboratory in 2003 and supervised the Fiber and Chemical Sciences Research Work Unit.  At FPL he continued research on bleach plant metals management, biorefinery, and most recently, cellulose nanomaterials.  In September 2016, he accepted his current position as Assistant Director for the research units working in chemistry, biology, and wood and fiber composite sciences. 


Scott Sinquefield, PhD
Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Sinquefield completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1998 at Oregon State University, Corvallis. He spent three years working with the Multi-Fuel Combustion Group at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Labs (Livermore), where he performed the experimental portion of his thesis research. He joined the Chemical Recovery group at IPST (now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Georgia Tech) in 1998 and was lead engineer in the construction and operation of the Pressurized Entrained Flow Reactor facility. He led the research program on black liquor gasification. He has extensive experience in the design and construction of pilot research reactors and control systems. He also has expertise in boiler fire-side fouling and thermodynamic modeling of aqueous electrolyte systems.  Most recently, he leads the bench-scale characterization of black liquor and membrane testing capability at RBI.  He is a principal investigator and key contributor to a literature survey on drying and dewatering of cellulosic nanomaterials for the Alliance for Pulp and Paper Technology Innovation (APPTI).


Adriaan van Heiningen
J. Larcom Ober Chair in Chemical Engineering, University of Maine

Dr. Adriaan van Heiningen holds the J. Larcom Ober Chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maine. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and M. Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering at the State University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. He is a Tappi Fellow, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He was a Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) and received the 2017 TAPPI International Research and Development Award and Aiken Prize. He is known for his work in black liquor pyrolysis and gasification, pulp bleaching with oxygen, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, ozone and peracetic acid, pulp production using Kraft, sulfite and organosolv processes, and pre-extraction of hemicelluloses before Kraft pulping. He has over 200 refereed publications and more than 20 patents and patent applications.