About the Instructors:
Chuck Klass- five decades of coated paper and paperboard experience, including manufacturing coated papers and as a supplier of coating chemicals and equipment. He has specialized in coating with over 25 years of paper industry consulting with producers all over the world. He is a graduate of the WMU Pulp and Paper Technology program and has an MBA in Marketing Management from Pace University. He also serves WMU as Adjunct Professor of Paper Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Imaging. Chuck has been a TAPPI member for over 50 years, is a TAPPI Fellow and recipient of the TAPPI Distinguished Service Award. He is co-inventor on seven patents on papermaking and coating and author of numerous publications on the subject.
Gordon Bugg- joined the paper industry in 1981 as a paper machine process engineer with Alabama Kraft Company, Mahrt, AL. He has held numerous technical and production positions at Mahrt (became Mead in 1988) the last seven of which were as Coating Operations Superintendent at the 2-machine, 2500tpd unbleached coated kraft board mill. He has extensive experience in papermaking, coating formulation, application and control. He joined Eka Chemicals in 2001 as a Senior Papermaking Specialist with focus in the paper and paperboard coatings, barrier coatings and converting areas, where he supports the organization in these areas on a worldwide basis. He is a TAPPI Fellow and has served in all leadership chairs (multiple times) in the Gulf Coast Local Section as well as the Coating Process Committee in the Coating and Graphic Arts Division.
Dr. Margaret Joyce- Professor in the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging at WMU where she teaches coating, introduction to papermaking and an instrumentation course for measuring the properties of coating and print materials. Prior to joining academia, she worked in the paper industry for 11 years in various positions where she gained her coating experience. She currently serves as the director for Center for Coating Research and Development and Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics. She is a TAPPI Fellow and serves on many professional committees for various coating and printing organizations. She is a co-inventor on three patents and author of over 50 publications on coating and printing.
Dave Smith- headed Dow Chemical's Graphic Arts Laboratory in Midland, Michigan from 1988 to 2008. In 2008 he retired from Dow to set up his own consulting company, Lithometrics LLC. Dave recently joined WMU as an Adjunct Professor and is helping to establish a specialized lithographic and packaging test center within their Paper Engineering facility. He has developed several predictive printing test methods and has cooperated with prüfbau to develop the Deltack for the measurement of ink setting interactions, coating strength, mottle and peeling phenomena. He has authored several presentations given at TAPPI and served as an instructor.
Randy Branston- worked at Xerox Research Center of Canada developing new photoreceptor materials, and novel inkjet inks for non impact printing applications for 10 years. He also worked at Polysar on novel latex applications until it was acquired by BASF. After working as a R&D Scientist and Technical Service Representative for BASF in the areas of latex binders and coating additives for 8 years, he joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals in role of Industry Technology Manager, supporting sales of dyes, FWA's and coating additives to the coated paper industry. He currently works for Cargill, where for the past 4 years he has been working to introduce new starch coating binders to the paper industry. He is a holder of numerous patents and publications and has been recognized as one of "TAPPI's Finest Faculty" 1995-2003.