Dr. Richard Venditti is a Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Venditti’s research group has as a goal to develop and characterize systems for the effective utilization of renewable resources to produce sustainable products, including paper products, polymeric materials and biofuels. He utilizes process simulation, financial and environmental life cycle analysis methods in conjunction with laboratory bench and pilot scale research. Venditti has taught Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology, Chemical Process Control, Unit Operations of Pulp and Paper, and Life Cycle Analysis. Venditti is the director of the Hands-on Workshop for Pulp and Paper Basics, co-sponsored by NCSU and TAPPI. Dr. Venditti is a Fellow of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries. In 2009, he was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship in Environmental Science. He was awarded the Investigator of the Year Award by the American Forest and Paper Association in 2000 for research involving old corrugated container processing. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1994 at Princeton University and B.S. in 1988 in Paper Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at NCSU.