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ATLANTA, Ga., USA, Feb 11, 2013 – Robert (Bob) Vyse has been named the recipient of TAPPI’s 2013 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. The award, the highest honor that the Association can bestow upon an individual, will be presented to Mr. Vyse at the 2013 PaperCon Conference Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Atlanta.

“TAPPI is very pleased to announce that Bob Vyse will receive the 2013 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal award in recognition of his many significant contributions to the development and application of cross-machine control technology,” notes Larry N. Montague, president and CEO of TAPPI. “His work in advancing the science of cross machine control actuators and process technology has provided great benefit to the industry by improving paper quality and papermachine operations. This prestigious award recognizes the importance and the impact of this work.”

Vyse, a native of Vancouver, Canada began his career with MacMillan Bloedel in Vancouver and Powell River, B.C., followed by 10 years as vice president and projects manager of Omni Continental Ltd. He then joined Devron Engineering (which subsequently became Measurex – Devron, Honeywell Measurex Devron and Honeywell) where he was Director of Research and Development and Process Control for over 20 years before retiring in 2008. He was involved in the development and application of various cross direction control actuators and technology; in particular, his was involved in the combined application of steam and induction energy devices in advanced finishing technology.

An active member of TAPPI and PAPTAC conferences, he authored numerous papers on papermaking technology, in particular on cross-direction weight, coat weight, moisture and caliper control. He also lectured at UBC, TAPPI pressing and drying courses and PAPTAC papermaking technology courses. In 2010, Vyse was honored with the TAPPI Process Control Division Award. His education included BASc, MSc and PhD degrees in Engineering Physics and Physics from the University of British Columbia, as well as a postdoctoral Fellowship at Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay in France.

Established in 1928, the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal is granted to those "who have made preeminent scientific and engineering achievements of proven applied benefit to the world’s pulp, paper, board, and forest product industries.” It’s named for former TAPPI President and Gold Medal winner Gunnar W. E. Nicholson and includes a cash honorarium.

About TAPPI:

TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries and publisher of Paper360° and TAPPI JOURNAL. Through information exchange, events, trusted content and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster and more cost-effective ways of doing business. It has provided management training and networking to the industry’s leaders for more than 98 years. Visit

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