Graduate studies reflect the strong trend toward diversification in the industry and offer opportunities for study in a variety of subjects related to the manufacture of pulp and paper as well as the broader bioprocess industries. Individual study programs are designed to meet specific personal needs.
An important component of the M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs is research under direction of a major professor. Much of this research is carried out under the auspices of one of the outstanding research facilities of the world, the Empire State Paper Research Institute (ESPRI), an important research component of the Department. Its research activities aim to generate new information regarding the fundamentals, the science, the engineering and the technology of the papermaking process, utilizing advanced techniques such as computer simulation, electron microscopy, specialized spectrophotometry, nuclear magnetic and electron spin resonance and nuclear tracer methods. Recent work has been directed to fundamental investigations of pulping, bleaching, additives, paper recycling, effluent disposal, the papermaking process, the properties of paper, reactions of wood components during mechanical and chemical treatments, the structure of wood and wood fibers, evaporation, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and chemical recovery. Pilot scale equipment in Walters Hall is often used as an integral part of these research programs.
The program options leading the M.P.S. degree are designed for train students from other fields in the fundamentals related to paper engineering and bioprocess engineering. They are also ideal for engineers and scientists currently working in the industry who wish to retrain and refresh in a new field. The programs can be completed in 3 semesters on a full-time basis, but also can be done on a part-time basis. The current demand for engineers at the B.S. level indicates that graduates of the M.P.S. program would be in high demand in the near future. Some scholarship support is available from the Syracuse PUlp and Paper Foundation. The M.P.S. program in paper and bioprocess engineering focuses on four areas of study:
Many research projects are carried out in cooperation with other academic departments. Examples of such projects include a wide ranging study of toxicity of paper industry effluents in cooperation with the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, and a cooperative project on the theoretical and experimental analysis of the mechanical properties of fiber and paper with the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Syracuse University. Cooperative studies enable access to the latest equipment in the computer field, including "super" computers.
The faculty enjoys excellent external support in the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships, and grants from ESPRI, the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation, and other industry sources, as well as a number of government granting agencies.