Barbara Kerr Hamilton attended the University of Maine where she received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with highest distinction in 1982.
Hamilton began her professional career in the industry becoming the first woman to join the Engineering Department at Union Camp Corporation in Franklin, Virginia. During her tenure, she provided Bailey DCS configuration and startup support for a major coated machine rebuild. In 1987, Hamilton returned to Maine to work at International Paper in Jay, Maine, where she was a Project Manager in Process Control and Automation. In 1992, she was transferred to Champion International’s Quinnesec, Michigan mill as a Senior Process Control Engineer in Pulping and Recovery.
In 1993, Hamilton returned to Maine again, filling the role of Lead Engineer and Regional Manager at The Fitch Company located in Bangor. After 13 years with Fitch, Hamilton moved on to work with Emerson Process Controls as a Senior Industrial Energy Consultant, then Program Manager. In 2016, she joined Andritz Automation in Atlanta, Georgia as Director, Business Development, then as Regional Director, Sales & Operation in 2018.
Hamilton joined Siemens/Siemens Energy in 2019-2020, first as Global Head of Digital Operations then as Director of Business Development. In 2021, she returned to Maine once again, becoming Senior Director of Process Technology for the Packaging Corporation of America in Freeport.
Hamilton was a Pulp and Paper Foundation scholarship recipient during her undergraduate career at UMaine and as a professional served as a member of the Pulp & Paper Foundation's Open House and Scholarship Committee. She served as Chair of the Educational Relations Committee, as President, and a Chair on the Board. Hamilton is the first female recipient of the Honor Award.
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Chemical engineering, Pulp science, Paper manufacturing