Chris O. Luettgen, Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology
500 Tenth Street, NW
Atlanta, GA

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Phone:   404-894-6908
Cell:       770-231-7088
FAX:       404-894-4778
Email:     Chris.Luettgen@rbi.gatech.edu

Professor of the Practice
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
College of Engineering

Associate Director
Pulp and Paper Renewable Bioproducts Institute

GT Professional Education
Industry Strategic Partnerships
Professional Masters in Manufacturing Leadership

GT Pulp and Paper Engineering Undergraduate Certificate Program and Foundation


Luettgen has 25 plus years of industry experience, with Scott Paper and Kimberly-Clark Corp., where he most recently served as senior research and engineering manager for the Kimberly-Clark Professional business sector. He has held positions in product development and innovation as well as in capital project management and manufacturing facility leadership.

For several years, Luettgen has served on the RBI Industry Board of Advisors, and he is the current Chairman of the Board of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry. He earned his bachelor's degree in Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University (’85), his master’s degree at the Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton, WI (’87), and his Ph.D. at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology - now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech (’91).

He rejoined Georgia Tech in November 2014 as a Professor of the Practice in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Associate Director of Pulp and Paper at RBI. He also serves as Director of Industry Strategic Partnerships in the Georgia Tech Professional Education Division.

Areas of interest include: Recycled fiber, renewable cellulosic feedstocks, tissue manufacturing and converting and manufacturing leadership / operations excellence


At TAPPI’s PaperCon in April with Larry Montague, president of TAPPI
and outgoing chairman of the board, Tom Garland

In 1915, thirty enterprising papermakers gathered together determined to form a new technical arm of the American Paper & Pulp Association (APPA). Their idea was to gather and disseminate information concerning matters which have to do with production. This forward thinking group wanted to create a forum where information could be channeled and ideas could be exchanged.

In less than a year, The Technological Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry was born.  Known world-wide as TAPPI, their formula for success continues to work and their service to the pulp, paper and packaging industries continues to grow.

TAPPI is a not for profit, volunteer-led association that is built around a community comprised of thousands of member engineers, managers, scientists, academics, suppliers and others from around the world.

TAPPI Centennial being celebrated
with Trees Atlanta Organization
in the planting of 100 trees in
Decdatur, GA, presided over
by board chairman, Chris Luettgen

The focus has always been on emerging technologies and driving innovation for the paper and packaging industry. The growing international membership ranks include rising stars in bio-energy and biofuels, renewable chemicals, sustainability, and nanotechnology areas.

TAPPI provides premier educational resources to support the day-to-day duties of industry professionals, as well as research and academic pursuits. TAPPI does so by offering over 30 international conferences, symposia, and courses each year, and our IACET-approved status ensures quality, and continuous improvement, in all our event programs.

As an ANSI-Certified Standards development organization, TAPPI’s peer-reviewed Standards ensure that products meet industry recognized best practices. The Standards not only demonstrate how to maximize performance, they provide new ideas and operational methods to improve production. Members and volunteers of TAPPI drive the development of the Standards and TIPs that are used around the world.

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