The TAPPI Young Professionals Division is led by a team of volunteers, each bringing their own skillset, ideas, and passion to the division, helping to shape its future.
Would you like to be part of a YP Division committee? Email us.
Brennan Augst, Voith Paper
Director Division Relations
Ozlem Akdogan, Technick Products
Division Vice Chair & Director of Events
Lena Sharesky, Packaging Corporation of America
Director of Learning & Professional Development
Sarah Dale, International Paper
Director of Membership
McKenna Baker, Nalco Water
Director of Communications
Stephen Bussa, Axchem USA
Past Division Chair
Jaclyn Epstein, Mica Corporation
The YP Division is pleased to announce the addition of Avery Wilson (Jacobs) and Eugenia Rivero Loyola (Westrock) to our events team. If you are interested in getting involved in planning events for the YP Division, email us.
TAPPI Standards Test Methods are procedures and related practices used in the measurement, evaluation, and description of pulp, paper, packaging, and related products, including raw materials used in their manufacture, use, or in scientific investigations of any such substances. There are more than 240 TAPPI Standards and each has a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) made up of industry professionals who regularly review and vote on that standard. Learn more about how you can participate here.
Pradnya Rau, member of YP, recently joined the IFPE Division leadership as the Vice Marketing Chair. She is a recent Ph.D. graduate and works as a Scientist with Minerals Technologies Inc. in the field of minerals-based barrier coatings for use in polymer and plastic extrusion technologies. Aside from technical work, Pradnya also leads the visual management group-operational excellence in Minerals Technologies Inc. Congratulations Pradnya! If you are interested in getting involved with the YP or other TAPPI divisions, email us.