Wegner’s experience in leadership, pulp and paper, and nanotechnology sprouted decades ago and continues to grow as his knowledge does. Wegner started his scientific career at E.I. Dupont in 1972, and joined the USDA Forest Service some years later, in 1977. In 2004, he co-chaired the inaugural U.S. Conference on Nanotechnology for the forest products industry. Wegner helped organize and lead the association’s International Nanotechnology Conferences from 2006 until 2011. That year, he was elected Secretary upon the launch of TAPPI’s International Nanotechnology Division. Wegner added another achievement to his repertoire, when he received the Andrew Chase Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, also in 2011. He was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2013.
As the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and tissue industries, TAPPI provides networking opportunities and resources for members of the scientific community. The nonprofit organization strives to connect experts in science and education with innovative and groundbreaking information, and each other. Along with pulp and paper advances, TAPPI also explores bioenergy and biofuels, renewable chemicals, sustainability and nanotechnology.
TAPPI will honor Wegner and his most recent award in June, at the 2016 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials in Grenoble, France.
Blog post by Francesca Yracheta