Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5462 USA
Dr. Lyons has more than 33 years of experience in the areas of fluid mechanics, paper coating, paper finishing and mineral pigments for paper coating. He received his doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University at Buffalo. He currently is Global R&D Director for the Imerys Kaolin Division. He joined Imerys in 1994, where his responsibilities have included research, innovation, new product development and customer technical support management. He also has served as a member of the company’s business unit management and merger teams. His previous work experience includes five years with Westvaco and five years with Repap Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Lyons became a member of the TAPPI board of directors in March 2016 and is serving a three-year term. He has been an active member of TAPPI since 1985 and has served as chair for the Finishing and Converting Division, the Coating and Graphic Arts Division, the Calendering Committee, the Coating Fundamentals Committee and the Futurists Committee. He chaired the 2003 TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium held in Chicago. He also was the Technical Program Chair for the Coating and Graphics Arts program for the 2011 TAPPI Papercon in Covington, Ky., and the Chair of the 2012 Papercon Conference in New Orleans. He has regularly published and presented at TAPPI and Pira conferences and in trade journals.
Lyons holds patents in coating pigments, coating applications, coated inkjet papers, agricultural applications and vapor barrier coating. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is the father of four and a grandfather. He and his wife Debra, a senior director for ACT, live in Macon, Ga.