Published: May 10, 2016 7:00:00 AM
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Zhihua Jiang, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering.
Jiang was previously a senior principal chemist for Packaging Corporation of America, and prior to that position, was a researcher at FPInnovations in Canada. Jiang has an extensive scientific publication record and extensive experience in converting solid science into applied solutions. His research accomplishments have been recognized by numerous industrial awards including the prestigious I.H. Weldon Award from the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.
“We are truly honored Dr. Jiang has joined our college,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the College of Engineering. “With his past experience and knowledge, we are confident he is going to be a great asset and help us fulfill our mission of being the best student-centered engineering experience in America.”
Jiang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wood and pulping chemistry from Nanjing Forestry University in China. He then went on to complete his doctoral degree in organic chemistry, with an emphasis in wood chemistry, from McGill University in Canada.
Jiang’s immediate goal for the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering is to develop an innovative research and development program, deliver excellent technical service to the paper industry and continue to provide a highly skilled training program for future engineers.