AU innovator named to Paper Industry International Hall of Fame

AUBURN – Harry T. Cullinan, a professor in Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering, was recently inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Appleton, Wis. He was honored for his significant contributions to the field in the areas of academics, leadership and research and development.

“I started my career in Appleton years ago, so it is thrilling to go back to Wisconsin to receive this award,” said Cullinan. “It’s like the Cooperstown of the paper industry.”

Cullinan received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and began his career at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wis. He has been at AU since 1991.

“This is a significant honor not only for me, but for Auburn University as well,” said Cullinan. “It is important that Auburn and its researchers are being recognized as world leaders in the pulp and paper industry.”

Cullinan formed the Wood Fiber Initiative in Science and Engineering with the Forest Products Laboratory; is founder of the National Network for Pulp and Paper Technology Training; and is founder and president of the Pulp and Paper Education and Research Alliance, designed to research the use of underutilized residual forest materials for bio-refining.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, an industry-led partnership with government and academia to reinvent the forest products industry through innovation in processes, materials and markets.

With nearly 70 publications to his name, Cullinan has been honored as a Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry Fellow and has also received the TAPPI Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service award.

Inductees joining Cullinan this year include Kari Ebeling, retired professor from the Helsinki University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland; Lothar Gttsching, retired professor at the Technische Universitt Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany; George P. Mueller, retired president of Wisconsin Tissue Mills in Menasha, Wis.; the late Curt G. Joa, founder and president of Curt G. Joa, Inc., in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; and the late Gyrgy Vmos, founder and director of the Hungarian Paper and Cellulose Research Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

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