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Thomas Amidon

Thomas E. Amidon
Professor

321 Walters Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6524/470-6501

Email: teamidon@esf.edu

Education

Ph.D., Silviculture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 1974.

M.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 1972.

B.S., Forest Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 1968.

Professional Experience

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering,  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 6/2000-Present
  • International Paper, 1976-6/2000
  • Laboratory Manager, Corporate Research Center, Tuxedo, NY, 1994-6/2000 
  • Manager, Primary Process Development, Corporate Research Center, Tuxedo, NY  1989-1994
  • Quality Improvement Process Facilitator, Process Technology, Mobile, AL 1987-1989
  • Program manager for wood and pulp properties, Pulp Manufacturing Technical Support group, Mobile, AL. 1984-1987
  • Manager, Forest Sciences, 1982-1984
  • Research Analyst 1980-1982
  • Research Associate and Senior Research Associate  1976-1980
  • Instructor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering; Postdoctoral Associate, Empire State Paper Research Institute 1974-1976

Current Graduate Advisees

Shannon BairdShannon Baird
sbaird@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Bujanovic and Amidon
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I'm a student engineer who's learning to play flute.

Professional Statement
Renewable energy is a fascinating subject. An odd way to think about it: Renewable energy is taking a pathway that is similar to equal rights. Currently, it is experiencing a slow start, but it is catching ground. Solutions to our energy problems are becoming diverse - what works for Central New York may not work for New Mexico, and what works for Romania may not work for Indonesia. Just as society needs a diversity of people, renewable energy needs a diversity of generation solutions. I look forward to contributing to the field of renewable energy. I want to learn about all types of energy generation, and perhaps down the road invent or discover a new type of energy that can dissolve the residual of current energy problems.

Research Interests
Energy Systems Science & Engineering (and all it encompasses), Materials Science & Engineering, Ecology.

Favorite Quote
"I hated every minute of training, but I said 'Don't quit, suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" -Muhammad Ali

Hobbies
Music composition, trumpet performance, computer programming, digital photography, website design, physical fitness.

For More Information
Forrest's Professional Website


Prajakta DongrePrajakta Dongre
pdongre@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon

Davanna MarksDavanna Marks
drchetne@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering

Qiong SongQiong Song
qisong@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: ERE Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Graduate Research Topic
Nanocellulose


Vincent TerinoVincent Terino
vterino@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: CAS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: Bioprocessing

Kenneth TissKenneth Tiss
kjtiss@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: Construction Mgt and Wood Products Engineering
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (ERE)

Christopher WoodChristopher Wood
cdwood@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: Paper and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (PBE)
  • Previous Graduate Study: Syracuse University (Mech and Aero Eng )

Graduate Research Topic
My research is focused on the development of a high yield pathway from hemicellulosic, wood derived, sugars to furfural. This is intended to further improve the economics surrounding smaller scale, wood based, hot water extraction biorefineries.


Patrick YoungPatrick Young
pmyoun01@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering

Co-Authored U.S. Patents at International Paper

  • Method for Co-Pulping Waste Cellulosic Material and Wood Chips
  • Method for Improving Brightness and Cleanliness of Secondary Fibers for Paper and Paperboard Manufacture
  • Process for Enhanced Deposition and Retention of Particulate Filler on Papermaking Fibers
  • Method for the In Situ Activation of the Needle Fascicles of Gymnosperms and for the Clonal Propagation of Gymnosperms and the Clones Produced Thereby

Technical Achievements

  • Managed group that developed and moved through pilot stage to commercial application, in less than three years, patented deinking technology.  Problem solving during pilot and startup accomplished with research staff and extraordinary secrecy maintained through major scale-up effort.
  • Participated in developing and patenting novel approaches to papermaking.
  • Responsibility for developing novel technology for bleaching has led to patent positions and major investments at mill locations.  Corporate savings of several million dollars per year have been documented, but the large returns were in cost avoidance.
  • Pulp mill, bleach plant, and paper machine problem solving responsibilities led to annual savings averaging over one million dollars per year in reduced costs.
  • Facilitator for over 25 teams per year on multi-group, multi-business, and multi-company problems.  Rating for this effort was outstanding.

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