Nancy Ross Sutherland, MS Chemical Engineering, ‘84, was named a 2012 Fellow of TAPPI, the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed upon a small percentage of TAPPI’s membership and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the association.
Sutherland is head of the Paper Test Lab, Forest Products Laboratory. She earned a B.S. in Wood and Fiber Utilization from Michigan Technological University, and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University. She has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since joining the Forest Products Laboratory in 1989 as a Forest Product Technologist for the Composites Unit. She has held leadership positions in the TAPPI Process and Product Quality Division, is currently a Member at Large on the P&PQ Division Steering Committee and is active in the Paper and Board Division as well. She’s served on the Fun Run committee at PaperCon for the last seven years and is currently Planning Committee Chair. Nancy is a member of American Society of Testing Materials Committee D06 on Paper and Paper Products, currently serving as vice-chair, and is also active in Technical Committee (TC 6) of the International Standards Organization (ISO).