Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez


Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez is an Associate professor, consultant & thought leader in sustainable fiber-based consumer goods. He teaches conversion and process economics at North Carolina State University, focusing on the pulp & paper and hygiene tissue industry. Dr. Gonzalez is dedicated to developing tools and knowledge that create value in both the bio- and circular economy. His work has been widely recognized, including by the Brazilian Association of Pulp & Paper Technologists. He has also been granted the NC State University Faculty Scholar distinction and the Chancellor Innovation Award for his innovative contributions to the industry and academia. With over 100 publications in high-impact scientific journals and recognized trade magazines, Dr. Gonzalez is a prolific author and researcher. His work showcases his deep understanding of sustainable practices and his commitment to creating a more sustainable future.

Dr. Gonzalez leads a dynamic research group (go.ncsu.edu/ConEcSus) that collaborates closely with both companies and federal agencies to accelerate the industrial adoption of emerging and disruptive sustainable technologies and materials. As part of his commitment to promoting sustainable practices, Dr. Gonzalez recently founded the Sustainable and Alternative Fibers Initiative (SAFI), a University-Industry research consortium supported by over 20 companies (go.ncsu.edu/SAFI). SAFI aims to advance responsible sourcing, development, and use of sustainable fibers to combat climate change. Dr. Gonzalez’s research portfolio is impressive, with a total value of over 10 million dollars.


Dr. Hasan Jameel

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.