by guest blogger Georgia Daniel
Bill Martin graduated in 1997 with a degree in Pulp and Paper Technology, now Paper Science and Engineering. During his time at NC State, he interned every summer at Virginia Fiber, now known as Greif. After graduation, he worked for National Gypsum as a research engineer providing paper mill technical support and is currently working for RockTenn -soon to be WestRock.
Researcher of the Year
At National Gypsum, Bill started off in Research and Development focusing on process improvements in paper mills and converting facilities, being recognized as Researcher of the Year in 1999 and 2003. He helped to issue a patent for lightweight drywall and two pending patent applications on paper abrasion resistance and mold resistance. Bill received his MBA from Niagara University in 2002. He managed the R&D on paper from 2002 to 2008, which included corporate sponsored graduate work at NC State. He became a Senior Scientist and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, leaving National Gypsum in 2008.
Lean Six Sigma
Bill joined NewPage after they acquired Stora Enso North America as the lean six sigma Master Black Belt at R&D. He helped to deploy Design for Six Sigma and left NewPage in 2011 to help lead the lean six sigma deployment within RockTenn’s containerboard mill division. Bill has been an active member within the American Society for Quality (ASQ), chaired a local section and contributing to the development of their Master Black Belt certification program. He lives in New Kent, VA with his wife Tracy and two children.
The main skill that Paper Science taught Bill was how to approach and solve problems as an engineer. His favorite thing about the program is the awareness of and the responses to changes in the industry to remain the best paper school out there. Bill is proud to be a NC State paper science alumnus.