Board Converting News, March 14, 2022

Peter Hart Wins TAPPI’s Prestigious Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award TAPPI has announced that Peter Hart, Ph.D., Director-Re- search and Innovation, WestRock, has been named winner of the prestigious Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award.

A TAPPI Journal (TJ) Editorial Board Member for 20 years, he served one-term as TJ Assistant Editor and re- cently completed his second of two terms as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. He served on TAPPI’s Board of Directors. Hart earned his Bachelor of Science from the Universi- ty of Maine (UMaine) majoring in both Chemical Engineer- ing and Pulp and Paper Technology. While at UMaine, he spent two terms as a co-op for Boise Cascade in Rumford, Maine and a summer working for Container Corporation of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After obtaining an MS in Chemical Engineering from UMaine, Hart worked for the university and assisted with the relocation of a pilot paper machine and on other vari- ous projects. Hart then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to get a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Hart joined Westvaco (later MeadWestvaco, MWV, and now WestRock) as a Re-

Dr. Hart, a TAPPI Fellow, is one of the association’s most prolific au- thors, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical articles and edited and co-authored three textbooks for TAPPI PRESS. A member since 1981, he has been in the leader of both the South-

Dr. Peter Hart

eastern and Gulf Coast Local Sections. He served in every leadership position on the Alkaline Pulping and Bleaching Committee and on the Pulp Manufacturing Division.

search Chemical Engineer and worked on var- ious optimization, cost reduction, and cluster rule compliance projects. Hart then stepped into production roles in- cluding pulp mill superintendent, process en- gineering manager, and technical assistant to the mill manager. He returned to R&D in 2002 working on multiple mill improvement efforts collaborating with vendors, universities, out- side research consortia, and various govern- ment agencies. Over the course of his 29-year career at WestRock, Hart has held various research, production, and engineering positions of in- creasing responsibility. He worked in produc- tion at both the Wickliffe, Kentucky, and the Evadale, Texas, mills and spent five years liv- ing in Brazil half-time as part of a major mill expansion project that included a new paper machine and a serial #1 patented pulping line which he helped develop. The award will be presented at TAPPICon, April 30-May 4, 2022 in Charlotte, NC. John Neun Named Recipient Of TAPPI’s Joachim Award TAPPI has announced that John Neun, TAPPI Fellow, has been named winner of the prom- inent Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Ser- vice Award. Mr. Neun, formerly a staff engi- neer with Albany International, is a consulting engineer for John A. Neun, LLC. Neun holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s de- gree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensse- laer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He has worked in the paper industry since 1979, first


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