Meet the exceptional members of the course faculty.
Jeff Peters - BTG Americas
Jeff graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He started his career with Hercules Incorporated. Over his 23 year career he spent time in field sales, Global Tissue Applications, Tissue Business Management and Global Tissue Marketing. Jeff left the paper industry for a few years to test his entrepreneurial spirit. Four years ago, he joined BTG Americas as the organization's Tissue Applications Manager.
Jim Bell - Albany International
Jim is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a ME in Engineering Management. Jim has worked for Albany International's Press Fabric Applications team for over 20 years with a focus on improving safety, drying and press fabric life through design.
John Neun - Engineering Consultant
John Neun is an engineering consultant who spent a substantial part of his career with Albany International. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State. John has been a part of the paper industry since 1979, when he began work at Albany Felt Company.
John has surveyed and analyzed many paper and tissue machines and determining means of improving their efficiency. In addition to overall system analysis, John has demonstrated particular expertise in vacuum systems, fabric cleaning systems, forming systems, and presses. He performs pulsation analyses and solves vibration problems in all sections of paper machines.
John holds six U.S. patents and has published many technical papers (for TAPPI, ASME, SME, and the U.S. National Bureau of Standards). John is a TAPPI Fellow and is past Chairman of the Papermaker's Committee and Water Removal Committee as well as the Paper and Board Division. He has received the Leadership and Service Awards from both the TAPPI Engineering Division and Paper and Board Division.
David W. Welsford - Solenis
David Welsford has held various technical and operations roles within the Canadian and US paper industries and focused solely on tissue during the last 23 years. As an Applications Project Manager for the Hercules Division of Solenis LLC, David balances his research and product development interests with the implementation and problem-solving required to ensure that tissue chemistries are functioning at their best.
A Canadian living in the United States for the past 10 years, David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia (1989).
Dave Castro - Nalco
David J. Castro received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. As part of his graduate work, he used Auger Electron Spectroscopy and molecular beam techniques to study gas-liquid interactions of alcohols with a 50/50 NaOH/KOH liquid mixture.
David started with the Paper Research group in Nalco Company in 2005 examining sheet properties that affect the linting tendency in the offset press. As part of this work, he developed new capabilities for sheet surface characterization including IGT printability and Confocal Light Scanning Microscopy. Currently as a Staff Scientist, he continues to work in projects related to fine paper, sizing or the paper ability to resist water penetration, and absorbency aids and Yankee coating formulations in Tissue & Towel applications.
Mark A. Sorenson - Andritz Pulp & Paper
Mark began career as an engineering co-op student with Beloit Corporation in 1974. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
His professional work began at Beloit Corporation primarily in the calender and reel areas where his primary duties included start-up of new equipment, troubleshooting equipment and process related problems, process review of R&D results, and design engineering of specialized areas. In 1996, Beloit formed a joint venture company with Eduard Küsters of Krefeld, Germany. Mark became Director of Operations for Küsters Beloit, LLC continuing the engineering of the ex-Beloit product lines for the joint venture and working as liaison to the German operations; then took on the role of Director of Sales and Engineering. In 2006, he joined Andritz when Küsters was acquired by the Andrtiz Group. He currently works as Sales Manager for Paper and Board machines.
Mark is the Vice Chairman of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division at TAPPI, a former Chair of the Calendering Committee and Calendering Common Interest Group; and former Chair for TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division.
He is also a frequent contributor as an instructor for TAPPI training courses, a presenter of papers and roundtables, and is the Technical Program Chair for two Finishing and Converting Conferences, as well as serving roles with other industry training and committees.
Jerry Kramer - Valmet
Jerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BSME degree and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has worked extensively with calenders, reels, threading, web stabilization, rereelers and supercalenders in various positions with Beloit Corporation, Andritz and Valmet for the past 32 years.
Jerry has been awarded five US patents and has authored, presented and published papers on reeling, web stabilization and waterjet technology for TAPPI, PAPTAC, SPCI, The Finnish Paper Engineers' Society and other technical organizations in the paper industry. He has also served on TAPPI committees and as a book reviewer for TAPPI on reeling and winding.
Matt Gregersen - Albany International
Matt is celebrating his 25th year in the paper industry. As product manager for tissue with Albany International, he is responsible for tissue forming fabric applications, managing the tissue forming product portfolio and product development for the Americas.
Prior to Albany, Matt worked for machine builders Beloit and Valmet. He was a mechanical engineer in the forming engineering group with Beloit and a project leader for pilot paper machine trials with an emphasis on the wet end and tissue with both Beloit and Valmet.
Matt graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
John Holton - BTG
John is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has been in the tissue industry for 35 years and a member of TAPPI for more than 30 years.
Arvid Johansson - Valmet
Concept Manager, Dry Crepe Tissue
Tissue Mills Business Unit
Jan Skawski - Valmet
Brian Worcester - Georgia-Pacific