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Abubakr elected president of alliance

March 17, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Said Abubakr, a specialist in paper recycling research at Western Michigan University, has been elected president of the Pulp and Paper Education and Research Alliance of Universities.

The alliance fosters cooperation in education and research in support of the nation's pulp, paper and printing industries. The organization's 10 members have programs that are distinctive yet similar in their commitment to advancing those industries in North America and collaboratively securing the future global position of U.S. forest products businesses.

In addition to WMU, the membership includes Auburn, Miami and North Carolina State universities; the Georgia Institute of Technology and State University of New York, and the universities of Maine, Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin.

Abubakr is professor and chair of WMU's Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging. He came to the University as department chair in 2001 and is the author of more than 130 papers as well as the author of one book and the co-author of three others.

Prior to joining the WMU faculty, Abubakr was the research project leader and supervisory chemical engineer at the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Product Laboratory in Madison, Wis. He also has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Yarmulke University in Jordan.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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