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William Scott receives Harrison Medallion


William E. Scott, professor of paper science and engineering at Miami University, received the university’s prestigious Benjamin Harrison Medallion during commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 6.

The Harrison Medallion is presented to a member of Miami’s faculty or staff who has made outstanding national contributions to education. It is named for the 1852 Miami graduate who was president of the United States from 1889-93.

Scott has achieved distinction as an internationally known teacher, consultant and researcher in the paper industry.

In 1978 Scott developed a pioneering home study course, "Introduction to Paper Properties." This work was followed by a short course, "Introduction to Paper Technology," which has been offered every year since and is now being offered four times a year. He is the author of Principles of Wet End Chemistry and teaches a short course on the subject that has been taken by more than 1,000 industry professionals.

Scott received the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI) Finest Faculty Award several times for the high quality of his short courses. In 1991 he was named a TAPPI fellow for his service to the association and the industry, an honor given to only 1 percent of the organization’s members. In 1998 he was presented with the Harris Ware Award for the most significant continuous technical contributions to TAPPI in the past decade.

As a consultant to more than 30 paper companies and chemical additive suppliers, Scott has traveled to Europe and South America as well as throughout the United States.

His current collaboration with researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Institute of Paper Science and Technology involving process control and sensors for pulp and paper processes is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He is also the principal investigator on two Miami research grants, one funded by the Hercules Co. and the other by the Department of Energy and National Forest Products Lab.

Scott received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Miami and a doctorate from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wis.


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