Thomas Amidon

Thomas E. Amidon


321 Walters Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6524/470-6501



Ph.D., Silviculture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 1974.

M.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 1972.

B.S., Forest Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 1968.

Professional Experience

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering,  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 6/2000-Present
  • International Paper, 1976-6/2000
  • Laboratory Manager, Corporate Research Center, Tuxedo, NY, 1994-6/2000 
  • Manager, Primary Process Development, Corporate Research Center, Tuxedo, NY  1989-1994
  • Quality Improvement Process Facilitator, Process Technology, Mobile, AL 1987-1989
  • Program manager for wood and pulp properties, Pulp Manufacturing Technical Support group, Mobile, AL. 1984-1987
  • Manager, Forest Sciences, 1982-1984
  • Research Analyst 1980-1982
  • Research Associate and Senior Research Associate  1976-1980
  • Instructor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering; Postdoctoral Associate, Empire State Paper Research Institute 1974-1976

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Forrest Baird-WolfsonForrest Baird-Wolfson

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Bujanovic and Amidon
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

I am currently studying Sustainable Engineering Management with dual focuses on Paper and Bioprocess Engineering. Although my training is primarily in paper, chemical, and energy engineering, I have diverse learning interests because I am driven to discover the bigger picture behind our environmental problems.

Additionally, I have been training in soft skills development through various communication seminars and reading books by Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie, to name a few. Aside from science and engineering, I enjoy music composition, playing various instruments at local shows, sabre fencing, archery and outdoorsy activities.

Other Scientific Interests
Renewable Energy, Nuclear Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, Ecosystems Science, & Electromagnetics.

Favorite Quote
"I hated every minute of training, but I said 'Don't quit, suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" -Muhammad Ali

For More Information
Forrest's Professional Website

Erika BowenErika Bowen

  • Degree Sought: MS in Landscape Architecture
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon and Amidon

Prajakta DongrePrajakta Dongre

  • Degree Sought: PHD in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon and Bujanovic

Kenneth TissKenneth Tiss

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: Construction Mgt and Wood Products Engineering
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (ERE)

Daniel WestDaniel West

  • Degree Sought: CAS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: T Radiation Curing

Christopher WoodChristopher Wood

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Amidon
  • Area of Study: Paper and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (PBE)
  • Previous Graduate Study: Syracuse University (Mech and Aero Eng )

Graduate Research Topic
My research is focused on the development of a high yield pathway from hemicellulosic, wood derived, sugars to furfural. This is intended to further improve the economics surrounding smaller scale, wood based, hot water extraction biorefineries.

Co-Authored U.S. Patents at International Paper

  • Method for Co-Pulping Waste Cellulosic Material and Wood Chips
  • Method for Improving Brightness and Cleanliness of Secondary Fibers for Paper and Paperboard Manufacture
  • Process for Enhanced Deposition and Retention of Particulate Filler on Papermaking Fibers
  • Method for the In Situ Activation of the Needle Fascicles of Gymnosperms and for the Clonal Propagation of Gymnosperms and the Clones Produced Thereby

Technical Achievements

  • Managed group that developed and moved through pilot stage to commercial application, in less than three years, patented deinking technology.  Problem solving during pilot and startup accomplished with research staff and extraordinary secrecy maintained through major scale-up effort.
  • Participated in developing and patenting novel approaches to papermaking.
  • Responsibility for developing novel technology for bleaching has led to patent positions and major investments at mill locations.  Corporate savings of several million dollars per year have been documented, but the large returns were in cost avoidance.
  • Pulp mill, bleach plant, and paper machine problem solving responsibilities led to annual savings averaging over one million dollars per year in reduced costs.
  • Facilitator for over 25 teams per year on multi-group, multi-business, and multi-company problems.  Rating for this effort was outstanding.


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