Nancy Plowman Sandreuter, Course Chair
President, Nancy Plowman Associates, Inc.
Nancy is a recognized expert in the printing and paper industries, serving as a speaking at many events for organizations, such as TAPPI, NAPIM, RIT, GATF, RPTA and the R&E Research Council.
Nancy is a graduate of the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and a minor in Chemistry. She worked with the S. D. Warren Paper Company, a Printing Paper Subsidiary of Scott Paper Company for 17 years. About half that time was spent in coating research, and the latter part of that time in the Graphic Arts testing group. After resigning from Warren, she joined Acme Printing Company, a commercial web and sheet fed offset printer, currently located in Wilmington, MA. She left Acme 1985. NPA was incorporated in 1986.
Nancy is a contributing editor for several industry publications, is a six-time recipient of the TAPPI Outstanding Faculty Member award, and organized the first TAPPI Printing Quality Symposium, which has been repeated several times since the the inaugural event.
Inkjet Division, Eastman Kodak
Jennifer Pennington has almost 15 years of experience in the printing and publishing industry with a focus on papers and substrates. She received her B.S. in Paper Science & Engineering from Miami University in 2001 and her M.B.A. from University of Dayton in 2008.
After graduation, joined Georgia-Pacific's Crossett Paper Operations as a Process Engineer working with tissue, fine paper, and board machines. She also helped implement the company's lean manufacturing strategies. In this capacity, Jennifer learned a variety of printing applications and the importance of substrates to create the most appropriate printed solutions for packaging and graphic communications assets.
Jennifer began her work with Eastman Kodak in 2004 and is working in its Inkjet Division launching new papers optimally designed for the production inkjet market. Jen collaborates with paper companies, chemical vendors and research organizations worldwide to define paper options for Kodak's drop on demand and continuous inkjet high speed printing technologies. She is an integral part of the sales cycle in helping customers learn the importance of paper and working with them to make the right choices for the best quality possible.
Jennifer served as Alumni Council President for the Miami Pulp and Paper Foundation for 14 years and continues to be involved in recruiting young students to the Pulp and Paper industry.
Product Innovation Manager, Verso Corporation
Jim is responsible for Digital Printing Product Development and is based at the Verso Technical Center in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He is project leader for his company's production inkjet initiative and launched the TrueJet® Digital Coated Papers product line which received a PIA InterTech Award in 2011 for its contribution to the advancement of the printing industry. He and his team also developed several coated paper grade lines for the production color laser market which include Futura®, Sterling® Premium Digital™,Productolith Points Digital® and Blazer Digital®.
Jim is a TAPPI Fellow in recognition of meritorious service to the industry. He also served on the TAPPI PaperCon 2016 Steering Committee Chair and was past Chair of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division, Technical Program, and Printing and Converting Committees. At TAPPI conferences, he organized numerous technical panels and short courses on laser and inkjet printing, conventional printing technologies and the future of print technology. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the TAPPI Journal as well as the Coating and Graphic Arts Technical Program Committee, Printing and Converting Committee and Coating Fundamentals Committee.
After graduating from RIT, Jim's career began as printing ink chemist at Inmont Corporation and continued in the paper industry serving in R&D, Product Development and Business Development roles at Abitibi-Price, Fraser Papers, Consolidated Papers, Stora Enso, NewPage and now Verso Corporation. Jim also received a business degree from York University and an MBA from Lakeland College and holds several patents involving printing technology including inkjet papers.
Associate Professor, Department of Forest Biomaterials, NC State Univeristy
Dr. Lokendra Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. He brings more than 14 years of industrial experience in the research and manufacturing of paper-based materials and professional experience in managing and collaborating with industrial partners worldwide.
Dr. Pal has filed 30 patent applications and been granted 10 patents. Before joining NC State, Dr. Pal spent 9 years working with Hewlett-Packard in the Media Supplies and Solutions group leading new product development and cost reduction programs.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering from Western Michigan University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt and Quality System Assessment (QSA) Auditor. Dr. Pal is a member of TAPPI.
His research interests are in functional coatings, smart packaging, digital/3D printing, and printed electronics. He is excited to bring inkjet technology and lean six sigma manufacturing expertise to emerging areas, such as biosensors printing using high-performance dispensing technology for on-demand and high precision production.