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About the PE ProgramB.S. in Paper Engineering


The paper engineering program is a chemical engineering-based curriculum designed to provide greater depth in fiber and paper processing for students preparing for an engineering career in the pulp, paper and allied industries.

The pulp and paper industry is at the forefront of the renewable resources industry. It represents the first industry that uses biomass in large quantities to produce commodity and specialized products. Graduates are well prepared to move into assignments in the engineering field and advance quickly to positions of responsibility in the analysis and design of processes and equipment. The paper engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the Paper Engineering program is preparing the graduates to achieve. We expect graduates:

  1. To achieve rewarding careers in paper engineering and related fields after graduation.
  2. To demonstrate advancement in their careers through increasing professional responsibility and continued lifelong learning.

Courses present the principles of chemical engineering with the specific content and examples selected especially for the pulp and paper industry. Courses include study in the basic sciences — chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science — as well as engineering topics such as statics and dynamics, mechanics, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, electricity, and design. The general education component, which is required of all ESF students, broadens the students’ perspectives on global and societal issues, an important component of any education. The engineering courses cover a variety of topics that are traditional for a chemical engineering program, supplemented with courses specific to pulp and paper engineering.  The moderate requirement of 128 credit hours allows room for students to supplement their education with courses of their own choice (free electives).

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. In addition, a summer internship is required of all students in which they gain valuable skills and experience in terms of technical knowledge and professional development. Both of these experiences serve to integrate the knowledge gained in their coursework with real-world work experiences commonly seen in their first positions after graduation.

Students may enter the bachelor of science program as first-year students or as transfer students at any class level with accommodations for program requirements. Students who have the associate degree in engineering science, chemical technology, general engineering, chemistry, or general science and mathematics are encouraged to apply as transfer students.

Student Outcomes

The program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. By the time of graduation, students must demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (Knowledge)
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (Experiments)
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability (Systems)
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (Teams)
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (Problems)
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (Ethics)
  • an ability to communicate effectively (Communicate)
  • the broad education necessary to understand engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context (Broad Education)
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (Life-long learning)
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues (Contemporary issues)
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (Tools)
  • an ability to work in an industrial or research position within the pulp, paper, or related fields (Industrial experience)

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Student Enrollment and Graduates

Academic Year Program Enrollment (Fall) B.S. Graduates
2018-2019 34 13
2017-2018 31 9
2016-2017 36 7
2015-2016 29 6
2014-2015 33 7
2013-2014 33 8
2012-2013 31 4
2011-2012 28 4
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