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FPInnovations scores hat trick of awards

March 19, 2015 – Three researchers at FPInnovations recently received prestigious honours from industry associations for their contributions and accomplishments in the forest industry.

March 19, 2015  By  Andrew Snook

Erol Karacabeyli, advanced building systems program manager, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Wood WORKS!, a division of the Canadian Wood Council.

The award is given to an individual for cumulative contributions to the advancement of wood construction. Karacabeyli leads FPInnovations’ advanced building systems research team.

In 2013, he was also a recipient of the Forest Product Society’s 2013 Wood Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Michael Paleologou, research leader for lignin products in the organization’s Pulp, Paper and Bioproducts Division, was awarded the 2015 Research and Development Technical Award and William H. Aiken Prize, by the Technological Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).


This award honours individuals for outstanding accomplishments or contributions that have advanced the technology of the paper and related industries in the field of research and development.

Dr. Paleologou and his team developed and patented several technologies and processes in the areas of system closure, chemical recovery and biorefinery, which were demonstrated and implemented in the pulp and paper industry.

For his achievements in wood science, Dr. Paul Morris, advanced building systems’ durability and building enclosure group research leader, was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS).

Fellows of the IAWS are wood scientists are actively engaged in wood research and are selected by the academy’s executive committee. Professor Michael Barnes of Mississippi State University put the nomination forth.

In 2013, Dr. Morris was awarded the American Wood Preservers Association’s (AWPA) highest honour, the Award of Merit, for his contributions to the improvement and updating of AWPA standards.

“As a knowledge-driven, not-for-profit, world-leading R&D institute, FPInnovations is proud of our intellectual capital,” said Pierre Lapointe, president and CEO of FPInnovations. “Our people rank among the world’s most knowledgeable and skilful engineers, scientists, technicians and specialists, and we are delighted that our researchers’ hard work is being recognized by such esteemed associations.”

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