Dr. Richard Venditti, forest biomaterials professor, has been named a 2012 fellow of TAPPI, the nation’s leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries.
He will be recognized April 22 at the 2012 PaperCon meeting in New Orleans.
Venditti teaches classes on chemical process control, unit operations of pulp and paper, and life cycle analysis. He’s director of the Hands-on Workshop for Pulp and Paper Basics co-sponsored by NC State and TAPPI.
His research group’s goal is to develop systems to effectively utilize renewable resources to produce sustainable products, including polymeric materials and biofuels.
Venditti is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment. In 2001 he was named Investigator of the Year by the AF&PA Containerboard Group Technical Division for his research in paper recycling. In 2009 he received a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Environmental Science grant for travel to South Africa and in 2010 was awarded the Association for the Concerns of African American Graduate Students Advocacy Award at NC State.
Venditti earned bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology and chemical engineering at NC State and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Princeton University.