TAPPI’s 46th Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology course will be Jan. 13–16, 2020, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Topics covered within pulp and paper processing include wood and fiber raw materials, paper mill refining, pulping, bleaching, wet end additives, chemical recovers and environmental control.
TAPPI Fellow and Paper Industry International Hall of Fame Inductee, Dr. Michael Kocurek, will:
- Demonstrate overview knowledge of mill operations, products, process variables, equipment and terminology
- Describe examples of how one part of the mill affects another
- Explain the importance of thinking on a mill-wide basis
- Discuss how the pulp and paper processes affect product properties and quality
Included with registration is The Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists by Gary Smook, a professional certificate, a notebook and flash drive and 26 professional development hours or 2.6 Continuing Education Units for course completion. TAPPI's Professional Development department has been accredited as an accredited provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
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About the instructor
Michael J. Kocurek has taught this content and other pulp and paper courses for 51 years to thousands of students, industry technical and nontechnical professionals and pulp and paper mill operators. He developed seven distance e-learning P&P technical courses under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at Coastal Alabama.
Kocurek received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Paper Science & Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and Syracuse University. He served as Paper Science department head at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an academic program he founded. He also served as executive director of the Herty Foundation, an authority agency of the State of Georgia. While at Herty, he oversaw a $27 million modernization of the laboratory, creating the largest pilot scale P&P and advanced fiber development center in the US.