Leadership

Dr. Ronalds W. Gonzalez MBA

rwgonzal@ncsu.edu

Co-Director

Education

  • Certification, Value Creation, Stockholm School of Economics, 2014
  • MBA, Finance & Supply Chain, Jenkins Business School, 2012
  • Ph.D., Conversion Economics & Supply Chain, NCSU, 2011
  • M.S., Marketing Forest Products, NCSU, 2008
  • B.S. Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, 2005
  • B.S. Accounting, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, 2005

Work Experience

  • Co-Director Tissue Pack Innovation Lab 2017 –
  • Faculty, Conversion Economics & Sustainability 2015 –
  • Corporate Controller Manufacturing, Product Planning & Logistics North, Central & South America, SCA, 2012 – 2016
  • Consultant, (Essity, Domtar, GreenWood Resources, US International Trade Commission), 2011 –
  • Research Assistant (Ph.D. & MBA Student), NCSU, 2007 – 2012
  • Mill Controller and other positions, Smurfit Kappa, 1996 – 2006

Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez is  Faculty and Chair of the Conversion Economics and Sustainability group (ConEcSus). He teaches strategic business analysis in the Paper Science & Engineering and Sustainable Materials & Technology Programs at NC State University. Before joining NC State University, Dr. Gonzalez was Corporate Controller Manufacturing and Logistics for North, Central and South America for Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (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. Gonzalez supports hygiene tissue companies in their research needs, including alternative fiber sourcing analysis, use of alternative fibers, fiber development and modification, development of technologies to reduce manufacturing cost.

Dr. Joel J Pawlak

Co-Director

  • Ph.D., Environmental Resource Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, 2001
  • B.S., Paper Science and Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, 1996
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sabbatical, 2009

Dr. Pawlak is a graduate of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. Dr. Pawlak has numerous scholarly publication and has received a number of awards for his research.

Dr. Pawlak has an internationally renowned research program and has received recognitions four times by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) for his research.  His research interests include developing structured fiber products to enhance performance and optimize economics, creation of novel products from low-value byproducts of agricultural and forestry process, and finding new applications for forest-based biomaterials. He currently teaches at both the graduate an undergraduate level with areas of expertise in paper physics, paper testing, specification development, process troubleshooting, biomaterials physics, product development, and product design.

Dr. Pawlak has industrial experience with Eastman Kodak Company and the Newark Group.  He has been an instructor for the TAPPI Hands-on Introduction to Papermaking Short Course for 15 years during that time educating more than 1,000 industry professionals.

Dr. Lokendra Pal

Co-Director

Dr. Lokendra Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pal brings over 14 years of industrial experience in the research and manufacturing of paper-based materials and professional expertise 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 bio-sensors printing using high-performance dispensing technology for on-demand and high precision production.

Dr. Hasan Jameel

Faculty

Work Experience

  • North Carolina State University, Forest Biomaterials, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • Jordan Family Distinguished Professor of Natural Resources Innovation (2016-Present)
    • Ellis Signe Olsson Professor (2001-2016)
    • Guest Professor, University of Science and Technology of China (2013 – Present)
    • Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo (2007)
    • Professor (1993- 2001)
    • Associate Professor (1987-1993)
  • Packaging Corporation of America, Chicago, Illinois
    • Board of Director (2008- Present)
  • International Paper Company
    • Group Leader, Shift Supervisor, Pulp & Paper Mill, Ticonderoga, NY (1984 – 1987)
    • Senior Research Associate, Corporate Research Center, Tuxedo Park, NY (1979 to 1984)

Dr. Hasan Jameel earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1975, and 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.  He was named the Ellis Signe Olson Professor in 2001.  He is presently the Jordan family Distinguished Professor for Natural Resources Innovation.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Packaging Corporation of America.  He was a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo in 1987. 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 NC 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 teaching and research, including recognition as NCSU Outstanding Teacher (1990 and 2005), NCSU Alumni Distinguished Professor (1999), and CNR Outstanding Advisor (2006).  In 2005 Jameel received 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), TAPPI Outstanding Instructor (1995), the Wayne Carr Best Paper Award (2002) and TAPPI Journal Outstanding Research Paper (2007).  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.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Richard Phillips

Dr. Med Byrd

Dr. Hou-min Chang

Dr. Richard Venditti

Dr. Lucian Lucia

Dr. Marty Hubbe

Dr. Ilona Peszlen