Specialty Papers US 2017 Expert Speakers

  • James Atkinson

    PhD Candidate/Part-time Instructor Western Michigan University

    James Atkinson worked as a technical service representative for a small wet end starch distributor, which then changed to consulting only for wet end optimization. Worked in mills in CT, VA, KY, and LA over the past 15 years. Also worked in a commercial print shop starting as an estimator, but then moved to a digital offset press and general production. Then worked as an in-plant ink technician for a company serving an American Greetings facility. Started at WMU again in Fall 2013 and is looing forward to graduating with his PhD in June and moving towards my next opportunity to grow, learn and make a contribution to an organization within the paper/printing industry.

  • Paul Bicho

    Manager, Innovation and Optimization Canfor Pulp Innovation

    Paul Bicho, Manager, Innovation and Optimization, Canfor Pulp Innovation

  • Mike Browne

    Brand Manager Sappi North America

    Mike Browne is the Brand Manager for Sappi North America’s packaging papers and is accountable for the brand positioning and growth of specialty products.  Prior to his current role, Mike held technical and operational roles at Sappi’s Somerset Mill and a chemical sales positon with Buckman North America.

    Mike received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine with minors in Biology and Economics.

  • Theresa Dankovich, Ph.D

    Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Folia Water

    Teri is Chief Technology Officer and Chairwoman of Folia Water. She has a B.S. in Textiles and Fiber Science from Cornell University, an M.S. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from University of California in Davis, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University, and completed postdoctoral research at the Center for Global Health at University of Virginia and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work has been the invention, laboratory, and field testing of Folia Filters. She created Folia Water to bring her invention out of the lab to those who in need of clean water.

  • Stephan Kulka

    Global R&D, Head of Nonwovens & Technical Products Lenzing

    Stephan recieved his PhD in Chemistry. He then worked for 4 years at Andritz in the metal division. Following, Stephan moved to Lenzing. Stephan began with Lenzing as the R&D Manager and Business Development for 4 1/2 years until he moved to his current role as Global R&D, Head of Nonwovens & Technical Products.

  • Steve Ottone

    Technical Service Manager Omya Inc.

    Steve Ottone is the holder of a BS and MS in Wood Science from the Pennsylvania State University.  His career started in the paper industry with work for Container Corporation of America, St. Regis Paper, and Champion International.  He then moved to the supplier side, working in latex supply to the paper industry for Reichhold, Inc., Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex, and Mallard Creek Polymers.  His current job is with SNP, Inc., a supplier of specialty coatings and rheology modifiers for a broad range of applications.  His area of emphasis is polymer and rheology modifier solutions to barrier coatings needs. 

  • Ilkka Tamminen

    Technical Sales FP-Pigments

    Ilkka graduated from Tampere University for Applied Sciences as B.S. in Paper Science and Engineering. His career in paper industry includes 7 years at a M-Real (formerly Metsa-Serla) paper mill in production and product development. Ilkka worked with CP Kelco (formerly Noviant Inc.) for 18 years in sales and technical service covering Europe and Asia and later Americas and the last 5 years with FP-Pigments in technical sales role for the America’s market area.

  • Balázs Tolnai

    General Manager Technology Kruger Inc.

    Balázs Tolnai graduated from the University of Veszprém in Hungary. He received his M.Eng. in Chemical Engineer in 1997, his M.Sc. in Engineering and Management in 1998 and he earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences in 2000. He joined Kruger as a Process Engineer in 2000 and has had various positions at the company since. Presently he is General Manager Technology for the Industrial Products Division of Kruger. In his role he is responsible for the development of innovative new products and for the implementation of novel processes and technologies.