Arlington, VA - October 6 - Honored for his industry-leading innovations, the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) announced today that the recipient of IRI's coveted 2006 Achievement Award is Paul D. Trokhan, Upstream Tissue/Towel Technology Development, The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Trokhan is honored for key innovations providing limitless flexibility in designing superior, low-cost, efficient product tissue/towel designs that have improved many consumers' daily lives. Trokhan will be presented with this award as part of IRI's Fall Meeting, on October 9, J.W. Marriott Hotel, Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC.
Established in 1973, the IRI Achievement Award honors outstanding accomplishments in individual creativity and innovation that contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society.
According to Nabil Sakkab, Senior Vice President, Corporate Research and Development, The Procter and Gamble Company, “The strength of the paper/tissue industry lies in Paul's dedication and his development of many breakthrough technologies such as photopolymer molding templates. His work contributed to P&G's 1995 National Medal of Technology Award.”
Trokhan joined P&G in 1972 and in 1974 moved to the Paper Product Development area where he has become the leading technologist and expert for the Paper Sector Tissue/Towel business. Paul has more than 160 US patents covering a multitude of intellectual property. In 1998, Paul was honored as one of thirty-eight worldwide corporate inventors at the National Salute to Corporate Inventors. He is also a charter member of the Victor Mills Society, an organization that recognizes top technologists.
Paul's photopolymer technology is used on virtually all of P&G's global bath tissue and paper towel products and has resulted in over $1 billion in incremental profits since its introduction. Trokhan continues to be active in upstream research aimed at revolutionizing paper making techniques.
Trokan will deliver the 2006 Achievement Award Address to IRI's Fall Meeting attendees, top technology innovators and senior R&D professionals, on Tuesday, October 10, 8:30 am, J. W. Marriott, Washington, DC.
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The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is the foremost business association of leaders in research and development (R&D) working together to enhance the effectiveness of technological innovation in industry. Founded in 1938 through the National Research Council, the IRI comprises senior executives from a diverse range of industries whose member companies are investing over $70 billion annually in R&D worldwide. The IRI is the leading cross-industry organization providing the R&D community with insights, solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation.
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