Engineering faculty member recognized by pulp and paper association

Published: Jul 13, 2009 11:33:00 AM
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G. Krishnagopalan

Gopal Krishnagopalan

Gopal Krishnagopalan, chemical engineering faculty member, was recently awarded the Research and Development Technical Award and the William H. Aiken Prize by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI). Krishnagopalan was chosen for the awards by the Research Management Committee of TAPPI and received them during the recent PaperCon conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Krishnagopalan joined the Auburn faculty in 1984 and founded the department's pulp and paper program that same year, making it possible for Auburn Engineering students to specialize in the field. The next year, Krishnagopalan helped create the Auburn Pulp and Paper Research and Education Center (PPREC), which has attracted top engineering students to Auburn's pulp and paper program. A member of TAPPI since 1973, Krishnagopalan created the TAPPI student chapter at Auburn in 1985 and the Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA) student chapter in 1996. Today, he is the faculty advisor for both chapters. Krishnagopalan serves TAPPI as a member of the Alkaline Pulping Committee and Gulf Coast Section Executive Committee. He was selected for a TAPPI fellowship in 2002.

Gopal Krishnagopalan at award gala

From left, TAPPI president Larry N. Montague, Krishnagopalan and TAPPI chair Jeffrey J. Siegel

Before coming to Auburn University, Krishnagopalan received bachelor's degrees in chemistry from Madras University and chemical engineering from Bombay University, both in India. He began his career in the paper industry, working as a pulping shift supervisor in Gwalior Rayons, India, later joining the Indian West Coast Paper Mills as paper machine shift supervisor. Krishnagopalan then pursued his master's and doctorate degrees in pulp and paper and chemical engineering at the University of Maine-Orono.

TAPPI is the leader in worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting associations. The organization assists members by providing solutions for more effective business strategies, information exchange, events, trusted content and networking opportunities. For more information about the organization, visit

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