John W. Glomb was educated at Lehigh University where he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He began his professional career as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland prior to joining Westvaco Corporation in 1968 as Technical Service Superintendent at Luke, MD.
In 1970, Glomb was appointed Group Leader, Coating Research at the Laurel, MD Research Center. In 1976, he applied for and was later granted a patent for a method of adding moisture to a traveling web in order to reduce fuzz during the production and use of saturating kraft paper. In 1978, he became Director of the Westvaco’s Covington, VA Research Center. He was named Corporate Research Director in 1981, and a vice president in 1986.
Glomb began his service to the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation in 1982 as a Research Committee member. He also held the chair of the Curriculum Committee. He encouraged greater faculty interaction with industry, the recruitment of U.S. graduate students, and served as the Foundation's representative to the search committees for the Ober Professor and the Chemical Engineering Department Chair.
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Chemical engineering, Pulp science, Paper manufacturing