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Paul Olof Meinander awarded the TAPPI Paper and Board Division Technical Award and Harris O. Ware Prize


Paul Olof Meinander, president of POM Technology Oy, Ab, has been selected to receive the 2005 TAPPI Paper and Board Division Technical Award and Harris O. Ware Prize. The Division Technical Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments or contributions, which have advanced the industry's technology. The Harris O. Ware Prize is made possible by a gift to TAPPI from Eastern Pulp & Paper.

Meinander earned a Master of Science degree in Papermaking from Helsinki Technical University in 1966. That same year he joined A. Ahlstrom Corporation served in a variety of positions over the next twenty-five years. Meinander served in a variety of positions with A. Ahlstrom including development engineer, operations director, and vice president, business development. He founded POM Development Oy Ab in 1991 and then POM Technology Oy Ab in 1993.

Meinander is best known for the development of the POM Wet End Concept which improves the operating efficiency and productivity of the papermaking process. A TAPPI member since 1982, he has written and published several papers about the POM System, the first of which was presented at the 1993 TAPPI Papermakers Conference. He also presented papers on the POM System at the 1999 and 2004 TAPPI conferences. In addition, Meinander holds fifteen patents and is a member of the Finnish Paper Engineers' Association and Zellcheming.

Meinander received the Eugen Lendholt Medal and the Innofinland Award in 2003 and the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2004.

Jonathan C. Kerr awarded th Paper and Board Division Leadership and Service Award


Jon Kerr, director of sales and technology for the Fiber Preparation Systems group of Andritz, Inc. has been selected to receive the TAPPI Paper and Board Division Leadership and Service Award. This award recognizes an individual's outstanding service and leadership for the TAPPI Paper and Board Division.

In his current role at Andritz, Kerr is responsible for the application and sales of unit operations in stock preparation and provides technical support for recycled fiber systems sales. In 1982 Kerr began his career as a sales engineer with C-E Bauer. Kerr joined American Maize-Products Co. as marketing manager in 1988. He later worked or Bird Escher Wyss as district sales manager and Thermo Black Clawson as director of business development and director of marketing before joining Andritz in 2000. Kerr earned a bachelor of science degree in paper engineering from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Xavier. Kerr has presented technical papers at numerous conferences and meetings. He authored the TAPPI Technical Information Paper, TIP 0508-06, Refiner Systems Inspection and Maintenance.

Kerr joined TAPPI as a student member in 1981. Since then he has been a participant and leader in a variety of TAPPI member groups including Stock Preparation Committee, Papermakers Committee, Fiber Recycling committee, Paper and Board Division, and the Ohio Local Section. Kerr was secretary, vice chairman and then chairman of the stock Preparation Committee between 1986 and 1992. Later, he became secretary and then vice chairman of the Paper and Board Division and served three times as technical program chairman for the Papermakers Conference. Kerr was Paper and Board Division chairman from 2000 to 2002. Kerr also served in various leadership roles including chairman of the Ohio Local Section. Kerr served on the Operating Committee of the Board of directors from 2002-2003 and chaired the committee's conference and symposia task force. He also served on the planning team for two TAPPI Volunteer Leaders' Forums. Kerr was elected to the TAPPI Board of Directors and began his three-year term in 2003. Most recently, Kerr served on the leadership team for the 2005 Practical Papermaking Conference.

Thomas J. Baugnet awarded the TAPPI Paper and Board Division Scholarship


Thomas J. Baugnet, a Junior studying Paper Science at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Wisconsinl, has been selected to receive the 2005 TAPPI Paper and Board Division Scholarship.

Baugnet is an active member of the TAPPI Student Chapter and participates in the Paper Express program which teaches children to make paper. Baugnet maintains a 3.38 grade point average and serves as the Junior class representative for the Paper Science organization. He received Paper Science Scholarships from 2002-2005 and has been on the honor roll for two semesters.

Baugnet looks forward to a paper industry career after he graduates in May 2006. He has already gained valuable industry experience, working as an intern at three different mills. He worked for International Paper for three months. Appleton for eight months, and Wausau Papers for another eight months. This summer he will work as an intern for Sonoco.

In addition to the Paper and Board Scholarship, Baugnet also received the 2005 TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division Scholarship.
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Date:Jun 1, 2005
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