Environmental Douglas Barton Memorial Scholarship Recipient – Our own Lindsay Leonard


Another one of our Paper Science Engineering students has been awarded a scholarship from the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries (TAPPI) Recently, Lindsay Leonard won the Douglas Barton Memorial Scholarship through the TAPPI scholarship application. The purpose of the scholarship is to “actively promote the pursuit of and set forth a program for acknowledgement of outstanding candidates in the area of environmental control as it relates to the pulp, paper, and allied industries.”

Research, Officer, Committee Member and more!

Lindsay is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Paper Science Engineering and Chemical Engineering. She is extremely involved both in the department and around campus. She is an officer in the student TAPPI chapter as well as a member of the Pulp and Paper Foundation Student Advisory Committee. She is a Caldwell Fellow, on the membership committee for the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program, and an on-campus tutor. The summer after her freshman year, she participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) through the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Through the program she researched methodologies to quantify the chemistries and physical geometries of natural structures for use in sustainable civil engineering applications (e.g. enzymatically induced calcite precipitation in soil nailing) for the purposes of hazard mitigation (think soil liquefaction, erosion, etc.), published a conference paper, and presented at a NSF conference at Arizona State University.

Academic Achievements and Passion for the Environment Pairs her well for the Scholarship

A combination of Lindsay’s impressive academic achievements as well as her passion for the environment make her a great match for this scholarship. Lindsay said, “growing up, her father taught her to love nature, and she was raised going on hikes in the Appalachian Mountains, kayaking the New River, and catching box turtles in the woods behind her house.  No matter what Lindsay ends up doing career-wise, that respect for the natural world will always be a part of who she is, and she strives to keep sustainability in the forefront of her mind.” She is very interested in sustainability, lean six sigma, and general process optimization as it relates to waste and the environment. These interests played a major role in her choices to intern with EDT in Norcross, GA and co-op with Kimberly-Clark in Beech Island, SC.

Lindsay is extremely grateful for this scholarship and we are very proud of her for being an excellent representative of the program! You can also read Lindsay’s student spotlight here.

By guest blogger Allison Hellwig