Kerry Figiel has received the prominent Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award from the TAPPI Association. Established in 1983, this is the highest honor the Association can bestow upon an individual for exemplary leadership that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the Association.
Figiel has worked for International Paper for the past 38 years and is currently an Engineering Fellow specializing in Process Control, Quality Control Systems and Web Inspection Systems. He holds a MSBA from Boston University, a MS in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a Professional Engineer.
Figiel has been involved in TAPPI for over 25 years and was the Process Control Division Chairman from 2007-2010, receiving the Process Control Division Leadership and Service Award in 2012. He has served as Division Awards Chairman, Technical Program Chair, and the Conference Chairman for PaperCon 2013. He was a co-author the TAPPI Process Control Division's Handbook, "Paper Machine Quality Control System Vol I, Measurement Systems and Product Variability". Kerry is a member of the 2015 Centennial class of TAPPI Fellows.