INDA Announces Lifetime Technical Achievement Award

INDA Honors Proctor & Gamble Research Fellow Thomas Federle with Lifetime Technical Achievement Award at Nonwoven Fabrics Association Annual Meeting 

Cary, NC – March 5, 2015 – INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has recognized Thomas W. Federle, Ph.D., Research Fellow at Procter & Gamble, with its prestigious 2015 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award.

INDA President David Rousse presented the award at the association’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference Feb. 23-25, in Hilton Head, SC. INDA’s Lifetime Technical Achievement Award is given to individuals with long established technical careers in the nonwovens industry and a history of technical innovation.

Federle was recognized for his career involvement and commitment to bringing science-based approaches to flushability issues in the nonwovens industry.

His research to modify biodegradation tests of flushable wipes have been instrumental in effectively measuring behavioral and disintegration properties for proper disposal of these products, which represent a rapidly growing nonwovens segment of consumer products.

During his 32-year career, Federle has served on a variety of editorial boards, scientific review panels, and as an adjunct professor making significant advancements and contributions to the nonwovens industry.

“Tom Federle’s dedication to the scientific method is an inspiration to us all in the nonwovens industry. His tireless efforts and involvement with nonwovens and flushability issues has been invaluable. INDA is pleased to recognize Tom’s contributions and services to our industry and the people it serves,” said Rousse.

Federle joined Procter & Gamble’s Environmental Science Department in 1985 and is responsible for assessing the environmental fate, exposure, and safety of P&G materials. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and also did research at Florida State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

The INDA Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference combines the association’s annual business meeting; a leadership conference with speakers presenting on global topics; and opportunities to network with fellow INDA members as well as the INDA Board of Directors.

For details on INDA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference 2016, March 7-9, 2016, at The Umstead Hotel & Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, in Cary, NC, visit

About INDA

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.


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Thomas W. Federle, Ph.D., Research Fellow at Procter & Gamble accepts the prestigious Lifetime Technical Achievement Award at the INDA Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference in February.

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