"Charles has long been an invaluable member of TAPPI and has contributed to the pulp and paper industry in many ways," said Larry N. Montague, president and CEO of TAPPI. "His work in pulp and paper research and support of the TAPPI Pulp Manufacture Division has been stellar."
Courchene earned both his B.S. in Paper Technology and an M.EnS. in Environmental Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He began his professional career at Black Clawson Co. as a research engineer and progressed through posts in research before becoming Product Manager for Brown Stock Washers in 1988. In 1990 Courchene became a Senior Research Engineer at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He took his current position as Manager of Process Innovation at GP Cellulose in 2008.
Named a TAPPI Fellow in 2008, Courchene has been a member of TAPPI for more than 35 years. He has served on the TAPPI Operating Committee, which was charged with executing the strategic intent of the Board. He has been active on the Alkaline Pulping and Bleaching Committee as a member and officer and served in all the officer positions of the Pulp Manufacture Division. He has devoted countless hours as a Technical Program Chair at the Committee and Division levels. Courchene has presented numerous papers at TAPPI Engineering and Pulping conferences and received Best Paper honors in both 1999 and 2004. He was also involved with the TAPPI Volunteer Leaders Forum in 2002 and with the TAPPI Leaders Summit in 2007.