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Jay A. Rule, Jr.

Advisory Board Member
Jay Rule

Senior Principal Engineer
WestRock Corporation

Jay Rule serves as Senior Principal Engineer at WestRock’s Covington, Virginia paperboard mill. He joined the Westvaco Covington Research Lab in 1989, conducting applied production research, followed by supervisory responsibilities in the Covington mill starting in 2002. Following mergers in 2001 with Mead, and in 2015 with RockTenn, the packaging solutions company is now named WestRock.  Jay currently supervises the mill’s young process engineers as well as leading project work in production performance analysis, and thermal/fluids/heat transfer process improvement. He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from VPI&SU and served as an instructor there from 1980 through 1989. Jay is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.  He and his wife Jeanne reside in Daleville, VA.