Dr. Ronalds W. Gonzalez is Chair of the Conversion Economics and Sustainability Group and Co-director of the Tissue Pack Innovation Lab at NC State University (www.go.ncsuedu/tissue). He is Faculty of Conversion Economics and Sustainability in the Paper Science & Engineering and Sustainable Materials & Technology Programs at NC STATE. Prior to joining NC State University, Dr. Gonzalez was corporate controller manufacturing and logistics for North, Central, and South America for Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (now Essity, the biggest global tissue producer). He also held several positions in controlling and manufacturing at Smurfit Kappa Carton de Venezuela (an integrated forestry, pulp and paper, and packaging solutions company).
Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez is a global expert in value creation and integrated analysis (supply chain, conversion economics, sustainability, and risk analysis) for the Pulp and Paper and Tissue Industry. Dr. Gonzalez has provided consultancy services to startup and established companies in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Venezuela, and Colombia (Essity, Domtar, United States International Trade Commission, International Paper, GreenWood Resources, and others).
Dr. Jameel earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 1980. In 1979 he joined International Paper, where he stayed until becoming a Professor at NCSU in 1987. Currently, he is the Jordan family Distinguished Professor for Natural Resources Innovation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Packaging Corporation of America. His professional specialties include pulping and bleaching, process optimization and simulation, and bio-energy and gasification. Recently he has been involved in developing technologies for the conversion of biomass to transportation fuels using both the thermochemical and biochemical pathways. At N.C. State he teaches Pulp & Paper Unit Processes, Pulping Process Analysis and Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes.
Dr. Jameel has received numerous honors and awards for his research, including the Johan C.F.C. Richter Prize for outstanding contributions to the industry from the TAPPI Pulp Manufacture Division; other honors include the David Wetherhorn Award (1994). Jameel is also a Fellow of TAPPI and the International Academy of Wood Science and a member of AIChE. He holds five patents, has authored two books, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers.