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Welcome to CHE

The Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering has officially been changed to the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE).

New department landing page is available at www.esf.edu/chemeng/

Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering at ESF

ABET Accreditation ABET Accreditation

The Bioprocess Engineering and Paper Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. The Bioprocess Engineering program is accredited under the Chemical Engineering Program Criteria while the Paper Engineering program is accredited under the General Program Criteria. Accreditation confirms that our program meets the high standards set by ABET for engineering programs in terms of both curriculum and dedication to continuous improvement of the program.

The academic programs in the department of Chemical Engineering (CHE) emphasize fundamental engineering science and engineering skills pertaining to chemical engineering with specialization in the pulp, paper and allied industries, and the bioprocess and chemical industries. Programs include courses in traditional areas of applied chemistry, industrial bioprocessing/biotechnology, chemical engineering, and pulp and paper technology.

The department’s educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are committed to preparing students for leadership roles in the paper and bioproducts industries. The department comprises nine distinguished faculty members who maintain research programs in a wide range of areas including biopulping, wood pulping and bleaching chemistry, paper physics and papermaking, chemical and process engineering, materials science, and surface and colloid science, among others.

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Bioprocess Engineering

Continuing this tradition of academic leadership, we launched a new major in 2006 leading to a bachelor’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering—the first and only program of its kind in the northeastern United States. This program trains engineers who will work in the emerging bioprocessing and biofuels industry to produce energy and related chemical products, including pharmaceuticals, from renewable resources. It is a natural complement to our history and expertise in the paper and allied chemical fields.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, we saw our first graduating class of the Bioprocess Engineering program move into positions in industry, enter graduate school, and make plans to go on to medical school. Likewise, our Paper Engineering graduates continue to have success in finding employment after graduation and still command the top starting salaries of all programs at SUNY-ESF.

You are welcome to visit ESF for a tour, open house, information session, and to talk with faculty, staff, and students. If you need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us.

As we begin the 21st century, bioproducts are an emerging industry with unlimited potential to create new jobs and to move our nation towards a more sustainable economy by focusing on the production of biofuels and other products made from renewable resources. If you want to help solve America’s energy problems and also prepare for an exciting and rewarding career, take a close look at ESF’s Bioprocess Engineering degree program.

Paper Engineering

Over the centuries, no man-made material has made a greater contribution to civilization than paper. Papermaking is a 2000 year-old industry that has launched a revolution in communication, packaging, and personal care products. Produced from an infinitely renewable source and easily recycled, paper has contributed to the rapid advancement of virtually every other industry and continues to profoundly enrich our lives.

Papermakers are assuming a leadership role in the technological revolution that is rapidly reshaping our world and creating enormous opportunities for those businesses with the vision and foresight to invest in their future. Nowhere is this investment more important than in the brightest young minds, the cutting edge technology, and the unparalleled resources at our nation's educational institutions dedicated to the advancement of the pulp , paper, and bioproduct industries.

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The ESF Investment in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

In teaching the science of pulp and paper manufacture, chemical and bioprocess engineering, one institution stands out from all the others--the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at Syracuse. Established in 1911, ESF launched its Paper Engineering curriculum in 1920, making it the oldest such program in the United States. Today, ESF's curriculum comprises one of the finest paper programs in the world.

In 2006, ESF launched a new degree program in Bioprocess Engineering, the first and only program of its kind in the northeastern United States.

A Close Connection to Industry

The Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation (SPPF) is a non-profit organization established in 1960 dedicated to supporting the education of students in the PBE Department at SUNY-ESF. With a substantial $8 million endowment, SPPF provides signficant scholarships to study Paper Engineering at SUNY-ESF as well as provides additional resources for management and professional skills training to students. The biannual meetings of SPPF held at SUNY-ESF provide students with networking opportunities with the leaders of the industry.

paper line technician

Faculty and researchers in the PBE Department participate in the TRINITY Institute at SUNY-ESF. The mission of the TRINITY Institute is to develop, advance, adpat, implement and promote sustainable energy, water and wastewater treatment technologies for municipalities as well as for agricultural and industrial applications. The TRINITY Institute has strong educational and public service components, working with the Village of Minoa's Cleanwater Educational Research Facility (CERF) for demonstration activities and larger-scale research projects.

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering is also affiliated with other world-leading organizations, such as the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (Tappi) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering has among the most advanced and extensive resources for faculty and student use, including an experimental pulp and paper mill with one 48-inch machine and one 12-inch machine; an environmental engineering laboratory; state-of-the-art paper testing laboratory; and laboratory and pilot scale bioprocessing equipment including fermentation vessels, separation equipment, and distillation columns.

Because there is no substitute for real-world education, the PBE curricula require 12 weeks of full-time industrial employment and offers optional seven-month co-ops, with placement throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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Leading The Way

ESF's Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Department:

  • Offered the first academic courses in pulp and paper in the United States.
  • Was the first educational institution to have an on-campus pilot paper plant.
  • Offers a management minor and computer and information technology that can be taken to enhance any of the programs.
  • Developed the chemiground wood process, which allows the use of hardwoods in paper production.
  • Developed a deinking process that enables recycling of newsprint.
  • Developed a process of making biofuels from wood as a co-product with paper.
  • Features the country's oldest continuously operating degree-granting program in Paper Engineering.

CHE Undergraduates

PE BPE Total
Seniors* 12 44 56
Juniors* 7 11 18
Sophomores 6 10 16
Freshmen 9 9 18
Total 34 74 108

CHE Graduate Students

Program Number
Cert Adv Study 1
MS 11
Ph D 18
Total 31