Drs. Chris Luettgen and Pete Ludovice teach a foundational course in pulp, paper, cellulose and nano particles at Georgia Tech. It is an interesting, introductory course taken by undergraduates and graduate students.
Dr. Luettegen asked me to share some words with them on Tuesday, 2 Apr 19. The class meets in the auditorium in the Tri-Centennial Building on campus. Of course, I was honored and happy to do so.
In such environments, there is little I can talk about from a technical standpoint. Or at least there should be little I can talk about from a technical standpoint--I am in the shadow of some tall trees in the industry when it comes to technology--the aforementioned learned professors.
So, I talk about the other important stuff--your career and how you handle it. This comes second nature to me as I have spent years looking at what is missing in many professional lives.
Out in industry, I often run into professionals who are as sharp as can be when it comes to the technology of our business. Unfortunately, they are unhappy, ineffective and cannot understand why. If I can share a bit of insight with the younger folks, and if they are receptive at picking up on what I say, I suspect things can turn around in short order (if they have not created too many messes already).
If I can catch them before they even get out in industry, as this opportunity afforded, all the better.
There are two ways you can get this information, should you desire to do so. The most economical is to buy my book, "Personalities in the Pulp and Paper Industry" (it is on Amazon). Or, if you prefer, I have some limited time available to come to your mill, spend a day or two and give your team a customized, professional training session.
Thanks, Chris, it was good to be at Georgia Tech once again. I had an office in this building in 2007 - 2008 when I was the George W. Mead Associate for Industry Relations. It brings back old memories to visit once in a while.
I wish much success for your students, you and Pete.