Award and Scholarship Winners

October 30 - November 2, 2022 | Rhode Island Convention Center | Providence, RI

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Pulp Manufacturing Division Technical Award and Johan C.F.C. Richter Prize

Dr. Adriaan van Heiningen

Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, University of Maine


  1. Ph.D. (ChE) McGill University, Montreal (1982)
  2. M.Eng. (ChE) State University of Groningen, Netherlands (1972)
  3. B.Sc. (Chem) State University of Groningen, Netherlands (1968)

Chemical engineering fundamentals of wood pulping, pulp bleaching, recovery of spent kraft pulping chemicals, and techno-economic aspects of the “Integrated Forest Products Refinery” which produces biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials besides pulp, paper and wood products.

Engineering Division Technical Award & Beloit Prize

Douglas Singbeil

Doug was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and lived in many towns across Western Canada growing up. His family finally settled in Port Alberni, BC where his father worked as a welder in the local pulp mill. Doug started working in the Alberni mill over summers while earning a BSc in chemistry and an MSc in metallurgy from the University of British Columbia. His connection to the industry was cemented when his Master’s thesis supervisor offered Doug a topic that puzzled him: why don’t kraft mills experience stress corrosion cracking of carbon steel in equipment containing kraft liquor? It turned out that they do! The explosion of the continuous digester at Pine Hill, AL in 1981 led directly to a job offer from the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican).

Doug’s involvement with TAPPI began as a member of the Corrosion and Materials Engineering Committee. Eventually he joined the Engineering Division Steering Committee and served in a number of roles, culminating as Division Chair in 2012/2013. Over the years he has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers in conferences and journals. Several of these received best paper awards from TAPPI and TAPPI-sponsored conferences. In 2018, Doug was honored to receive the TAPPI Engineering Division Leadership & Service Award. He was appointed a Fellow of NACE International in 2009 and a TAPPI Fellow in 2022.

Outgoing Division Chair

Danny Tandra

President of Clyde Industries, Inc based in Atlanta, GA, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T), Canada. He received his B.Eng from Universitas Surabaya in Indonesia, M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from U of T and MBA in Management of Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the use of 9 - 14 bar medium steam pressure for sootblowing. He tested the concept at the Irving Pulp & Paper and fully implemented the knowledge at four pulp mills in North America to generate additional power from recovery boilers. Danny's work focuses on cost reduction and energy-efficient processes, recovery and power boiler thermodynamics, deposit formation and removal, and Intelligent SootBlowing strategies. He is an active member of AICHE and TAPPI. He chaired the TAPPI Energy, Recovery and Recaust Committee and the TAPPI Engineering Division.

Engineering Leadership & Service Award

Sandy Sharp

Dr. Sandy Sharp retired earlier this year as an independent consultant after four decades of solving corrosion problems. Following masters’ degrees in Metallurgy and Corrosion and a PhD in Chemistry, Sandy worked at Paprican before moving to the US where he established and for 28 years led corrosion control programs within Westvaco (later MWV and WestRock). He built a world-class research group in corrosion control before taking early retirement in 2007 to form his own consulting company. He joined TAPPI in 1978 and spend 18 years working through committee and division chairs before being elected to the Board in 1996. In 1980 he expanded a triennial symposium into an intercontinental conference that cycled between the US, Sweden, Canada and Finland and documented many new corrosion-control technologies. While he was its chairman, the Corrosion Committee grew to be TAPPI’s largest technical committee. When he was Program Chair for the Engineering Division, it set TAPPI’s all-time record for a Division Conference attendance (1,426 registrants and 440 exhibitors). He developed a TAPPI short course on solving corrosion problems in pulp and paper mills and taught at the Kraft Recovery Short Course from 1991 until last January, receiving ten awards for the quality of his teaching. For 20 years, he initiated and led multi-sponsor pre-competitive industrial research in national laboratories and universities. Sandy has published 62 technical papers in refereed journals. He was appointed a TAPPI Fellow in his first year of eligibility, was the first NACE Corrosion Society Fellow appointed from the paper industry and is also a Fellow of the Materials Technology Institute. Sandy has received 12 other national and international awards, 8 other awards for meritorious service in corrosion control, the Engineering Division Beloit Prize and TAPPI’s Joachim Leadership and Service Award.  

Engineering Division Scholarship

Weston Cregger

My name is Weston Cregger, and I am an upcoming fourth-year student pursuing a dual degree in Paper Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at NC State University. I am an active member of the university TAPPI and AICHE student chapters and am on track to graduate in May 2024. I have 15 months work experience with Kimberly-Clark, WestRock, and New-Indy Containerboard. In the summer of 2022, I will be returning to Kimberly-Clark as an intern process engineer at their Beech Island facility. Next semester, I will serve as the TAPPI student chapter IM Chair. In my spare time, I enjoy playing disc golf and cooking for friends and family.

Charles B. Tibbits Memorial Scholarship

Alia Parsons

My name is Alia Parsons I'm a rising senior at the University of Maine studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. I was born and raised in Maine and spent a large portion of my childhood in Bucksport, ME. This town was home to a Verso paper mill that shut down in 2014. Growing up in a mill town I've reaped the benefits mills have on a community and the lasting effects it has when they shut down. That's really what inspired me to look into the Pulp & Paper industry as a career! It's an industry where innovation and continuous learning is key and that's something I truly love. With one year left of school and 3 Co-Op terms under my belt, I'm excited to see where the industry takes me after graduation. A sincere thank you so much TAPPI, for the recognition and continuous support for me and many other students pursuing this career.

Environmental Douglas Barton Memorial Scholarship

Isabelle Ownby

Isabelle Ownby is a senior at Western Michigan University with a double major in Paper and Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. She is currently President of WMU’s TAPPI Ts’ai Lun Student Chapter, and has served as Treasurer as well. So far, she has completed a 7-month co-op at Greif’s facility in Tama, Iowa, a summer internship with WestRock in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a summer internship with Axchem USA in Longview, Washington. She is very passionate about the paper industry, and is extremely grateful to put this scholarship towards the remainder of her studies at WMU.

In her free time, Isabelle enjoys rock climbing, hiking, fishing, and exploring the outdoors. She is very thankful for WMU's paper program because it has provided her with countless resources to help her grow professionally and academically. She hopes to continue this growth, and to encourage other students to succeed as well.