(03/20/2019 / rkj)

Class of 2019 TAPPI Fellows Announced

The following individuals have been named 2019 TAPPI Fellows and will be honored during the annual PaperCon conference in Indianapolis, IN, USA. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed upon a small percentage of TAPPIā€™s membership and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the Association.

  • Umesh P. Agarwal, Research Chemist, USDA FS Forest Products Laboratory
  • James R. Haeffele, Technology Area Director, Tissue Essity
  • Paula M. Hajakian, Technical Manager – Paper, United States Gypsum Company
  • Pekka Kormano, Engineering Fellow, International Paper
  • A. Dale Midyette, Paper Making Subject Matter Expert, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Mark A. Sorenson, Area Sales Manager – Paper & Board, Andritz
  • Martti Toivakka, Professor, Abo Akademi University

Each year, the Association may elect members as TAPPI Fellows in recognition of meritorious service to the Association and the industry. The title Fellow is also conferred upon TAPPI Board chairs, vice chairs, and directors at the end of their terms of office, and upon Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Awardees and Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Recipients.


This prestigious group will be honored at the Fellows Luncheon during the annual PaperCon conference on May 5 in Indianapolis, IN, USA.