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DEPARTMENT OF Chemical Engineering
Paper Engineering

Develop and manufacture sustainable pulp and paper products that can change the world.

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Paper is everywhere. It’s used every day for transporting materials, absorbing liquids, communicating, and more. Paper is also at the forefront of the renewable resources industry. Paper engineers today use science and technology to improve the way people interact with the world. If you’re passionate about sustainability and the stewardship of natural resources, then ESF’s Paper Engineering program may be the choice for you.

Our courses focus on solving critical challenges

Students gain an engineering foundation — built on math, chemistry, physics, and biology — and learn about the fundamentals of engineering, including statics and dynamics, mechanics, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, electricity, and design. Courses are supplemented with those specific to pulp and paper engineering.

Program Requirements

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We offer full-tuition scholarships & grants.

In addition to standard aid, successful students earn more than $20,000 in scholarships, thanks to a partnership with the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation

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Gain hands-on learning.

Students in the program gain valuable experience through a capstone design experience in which they work on significant problems in the design and implementation of new technologies, typically in conjunction with a local recycled-paper mill.

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Secure a paid internship.

A summer internship is required of all students in which they gain valuable skills and experience in terms of technical knowledge and professional development. 

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We boast 100% job placement.

We are proud that 100% are employed upon graduation – oftentimes, they receive several offer offers before completing their degree. 


Paper Engineering Degree Outcomes

Paper engineers develop lightweight, environment-friendly and renewable fiber-based packaging, personal care items, and healthcare products. They are also found at companies like Amazon and Tesla, working on automotive, building, and aircraft components, advanced battery and energy storage technologies, packaging-on-demand solutions, and much more.

Our graduates with B.S. degrees in Paper Engineering are expected to:

  • Achieve rewarding careers in pulp, paper and allied industries and related fields after graduation,
  • Demonstrate accomplishment in their careers through increasing professional responsibility and continued life-long learning

Career Options

  • Process Engineer
  • Applications Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Advanced Materials Engineer

Academic Year Program Enrollment (Fall) B.S. Graduate
2023-2024 31  
2022-2023 29 6
2021-2022 38 6
2020-2021 32 7
2019-2020 36 7
2018-2019 33 9


ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

We are ABET EAC accredited

Our undergraduate program in Paper Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET under criteria for Chemical Engineering programs, demonstrating we meet academic engineering standards in preparing our graduates for success by providing a strong educational foundation.