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AbuBakr elected officer of national association

Sept. 11, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The new vice president of the Pulp and Paper Research and Education Alliance is Western Michigan University's Dr. Said AbuBakr, chair of paper engineering, chemical engineering and imaging.

AbuBakr, a WMU faculty member since 2001, was elected during the PPREA's 12th annual meeting in June. The alliance includes 10 universities from around the nation with strong ties and programs supporting the paper industry as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Products Laboratory.

Prior to joining the WMU faculty, AbuBakr was a research project leader with the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Product Laboratory in Madison, Wis. He also held faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and at Yarmouk University in Jordan. He earned his undergraduate degree in petroleum refining engineering from the Institute of Moscow and his master's and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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