What if something that you worked passionately to achieve was literally flushed down the toilet? At Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute®, it happens all the time.
Stephanie Petrina Boyce is a research scientist at the Innovation Institute® for Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products in Neenah, Wisconsin. Equipped with a Ph.D. in material science and engineering, she’s part of a team that’s tasked with improving the quality and environmental footprint of everyday paper products such as bath tissue.
After all these years, it’s possibly surprising that highly trained scientists are still exploring toilet paper, napkins and paper towels. Stephanie will be the first to tell you that it’s a worthwhile cause. A large part of her research is geared toward making more paper products without increasing the amount of natural resources required. “I really like to solve complex problems and understand the root cause,” she explains. “Sometimes we also find that today’s technologies have given new life to older ideas that were ahead of their time.”
Her constant curiosity and determination were honored last year. The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) named Stephanie as one of its top 20 emerging professionals. As she looks ahead in 2016, the possibilities for what’s next remain wide open.