Andrew "Andy" Jones, Ph.D. has been a TAPPI member since 1986 and
during that time has used the technical information acquired and the
contacts he's made to help augment a very successful career. Currently
he is a Senior Engineering Fellow for International Paper where he
serves as Technical Lead for recovery boiler operation improvements,
recovery boiler upgrades and environmental compliance. He is also
responsible for identifying green energy opportunities for closed pulp
and paper facilities.
He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the
University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering/Pulp and Paper Science and
his doctorate from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in 1989. He worked
for ABB Combustion Engineering for several years before moving to
International Paper. While working on his Ph.D., he went to his first
TAPPI Conference in Chicago and has been involved with TAPPI ever since.
A multi-published author, his work on recovery boiler operations,
emissions and air system designs has appeared in TAPPI JOURNAL and in Pulp and Paper Canada, while the Journal of Pulp and Paper Science has published his articles on recovery boiler operations.
Andy says he uses his TAPPI experience to help IP's mills "go the
distance." And, he ought to know. As the current world record holder
for the 100-mile Ultra-marathon, he explains,
"Ultra-running is a sport where you get out of it what you put into it.
The more focused you are, the harder you train, the better your rewards,
and that's very similar to what I do which sometimes requires lots of
patience and lots of work for quite a long time before the actual
Q. Why Did You Decide To Join TAPPI?
A. While completing coursework for my Ph.D. at the Institute of
Paper Chemistry, my professor Dr. Thomas Grace encouraged me to join
because as TPPI membership was a good way to transition into my
professional career. I attended my first TAPPI Engineering Conference in
1986 and presented one of the earliest papers on Computational Fluid
Dynamics (CFD) modeling of recovery boilers.
Q. Please describe your involvement with TAPPI over the years.
A. As mentioned previously, I presented one of the earliest
papers on CFD and since then have served in a variety of volunteer
capacities, all of which have helped to enhance and augment my career.
From 2004-2008, I served as the Recovery Boiler Sub-committee Chair, and
since 2007 have been involved with TAPPI's EPE/PEERS conference,
serving as Conference Chairman this year. As Chairman, I worked with a
diverse group of volunteers who helped make this PEERS conference one of
the best attended yet. Recently I was elected to serve as Engineering
Division Chair for 2011-2012 where I will be responsible for leading the
Division's activities including PEERS conference planning, awards,
appointment of officers and committee chairs, and overseeing the
activities of the various Committees within Engineering.
Q. How has TAPPI helped you in your career pursuits?
A. Membership has given me the opportunity to play a leadership
role in TAPPI, and that has been a major benefit in my current job
responsibilities. The technical knowledge gained by attending
conferences and reading TAPPI publications has been pivotal in
supporting the mills. Additionally, the many contacts I've made due to
my participation in TAPPI activities will serve me well for my entire
Q. Tell us about some of your interests outside of TAPPI and your professional life.
A. I am an avid long distance runner with a lifetime best of
2:17:54 in the marathon. I have also run ultra-marathons (further than a
marathon) and direct an annual 50 kilometer trail race in Cincinnati.
Q. Can you share a unique or fun fact about yourself?
A. I am the current world record holder for the 100 mile run (12:05) and the 40 mile run (3:45).
Q. Closing sentiments?
A. TAPPI is a great organization and I encourage everyone to get involved!