‘Lucky’ PBE Graduate Kicks Off Career with Georgia-Pacific
Recent alumna moves into position as process engineer
Three months after graduating from the paper engineering program at ESF, Rachel Klein considers herself one of the luckier people around when she heads out to work in the morning in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
Klein is a reliability/process engineer with Georgia Pacific Consumer Products-Dixie division.
"I wake up in the morning and enjoy going to work and working on various projects," she said. "My workplace is a very supportive environment, and my boss provides great guidance in assisting me with looking at different processes in the plant and how to troubleshoot and optimize them so that they're running efficiently. Everything is very hands-on and there's something new to learn everyday, which is awesome."
Klein, who graduated in May 2015, is a native of Westchester County, New York, who arrived at ESF as a chemistry major. Before she even finished her first semester, she had switched to the paper engineering program. Her interest in science and math had drawn her to ESF but she knew nothing about paper engineering until she arrived on campus and learned about the program.
"It sounded like a great fit because I was able to take all of the science classes I was interested in and it had more of a heavy math background, which was great. Switching my major was one of the best decisions I've ever made," she said.
Klein said she felt well-prepared for the working world when she left ESF.
"ESF and all of the wonderful professors in Walters Hall did a great job preparing us for the real world," she said. "Dr. (Gary) Scott (the department chair) coordinates with major paper and chemical companies to set up interviews that take place right on campus, making it easy to look for internships and co-ops. There are also numerous networking opportunities to meet people in industry and make lifelong contacts. The paper science program is a small group of students that feels more like a family, so it's easy to get a lot of attention and help whenever you need it."
Recent ESF News
- Scientists Link Decline of Baltic Cod to Hypoxia – and Climate Change
- ESF Graduates Advised: Turn Your Passion into Purpose
- ESF Student Participates in SEA Semester
- ESF Celebrates December Commencement
- Princeton Review Ranks ESF No. 2 among Nation's 'Green Colleges'
- Senior Truong Ho Receives Statewide EOP Award
- Researchers Discover Process for Slow Removal of Old Carbon from Oceans
- ESF, Upstate Partner on Accelerated Scholars Program
- 50% Decline in Mallard Population Sparks Research Efforts
- New Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions Showcased at ESF
- Dr. Lee Newman Honored with Stephen D. Ebbs Distinguished Service Award
- ESF Leads International Team in Hypoxia Research
- ESF to Host Travel Unity Summit, Explore “Cultivating Welcoming Communities
- ESF Joins 19 New York Colleges and Universities to Purchase Large-Scale Aggregated Renewable Energy
- ESF Alum Named 2019 AASHE Sustainability Award Winner
Communications & Marketing
122 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210