Friday, February 20, 2009

Students Are Making Paper

The students in PSE 468 / ERE 679 have begun the process of developing their four grades of paper:  cover, coaster (beermat), folder stock, and stationery.  It is our intention that the stationery be used by the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Department for their letterhead.  The students are at the stage of developing their grades on our #2 papermachine that makes a sheet 12 inches wide. 

The pictures below show the students in action making their paper.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dr. Gary M. Scott Named to TAPPI Board of Directors

Congratulations to TAPPI’s new Board of Directors: Dr. Gary M. Scott (SUNY), Davide R. Friedman (General Mills) and
Thomas E. Rodencal (Consultant). Elected to begin their three year terms in March 2009, they will join Jeffrey J. Siegel
(Mica Corporation) and Norman F. Marsolan, who will serve two-year terms as TAPPI Chair, and TAPPI Vice Chair,

Friedman is a 30-year veteran of the packaging industry and has served as Senior Packaging Scientist at General
Mills since 1985. Rodencal has been active in the paper industry for more than 30 years. He is a consultant based in
Duluth, Georgia and focuses on improving operations and the technical aspects of the paper industry. Scott has worked in
the paper industry for more than 25 years and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Paper and Bioprocess
Engineering at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Siegel, Marsolan, Scott, Friedman and Rodencal will join the following Board of Directors members who will
continue to serve on the TAPPI Board: Carlos A. Aguiar (Aracruz Cellulose SA), Thomas J. Garland (PaperWorks Industries
Inc.), Larry N. Montague (TAPPI), Dr. Vince F. Newberry, Nicki S. Slusser (International Paper), Jukka Tiitinen (Metso Paper
USA Inc.), and Mark Watkins (MeadWestvaco).

Former TAPPI Chair, Willis J. Potts, Jr., served as chairman of the 2009 Nominating Committee. Other committee
members included Kathleen M. Bennett (Kathleen M. Bennett Consulting LLC), Richard J. Croker (Georgia-Pacific
Corporation), Dr. Harry T. Cullinan (Auburn University), Mike Haas, Charles E. Hodges (Port Townsend Paper), Jonathan C.
Kerr (Andritz Inc.), Sally Love (Paragon Worldwide), Larry N. Montague (TAPPI), and non-voting member Jeffrey J. Siegel
(Mica Corporation).

In March 2009, the following TAPPI Board of Directors members will complete their terms: Mark R. McCollister,
(Paperchine Inc.), Dr. J. Philip E. Jones (IMERYS), Norman F. Marsolan, and John R. Martin (Packaging Corp. of America).

More information is available on TAPPI’s website at

TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and copublisher
of Paper360°. Through information exchange, trusted content, and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members
elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster, and more cost-effective ways of doing business.

Contact: Mary Beth Cornell, TAPPI Business Development Director, 1-770-209-7290 or email

Press release courtesy of TAPPI.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Albany International and Kadant Johnson

The students in the senior papermaking course are well on their way to creating and producing their four grades of paper this year.  The grades they will be making are Cover (blue with silver flecks),  Stationery (a buff color which will be used as the department stationery), Coaster (or beermat), and Folder (in four different colors).   The students' first trials on the #2 papermachine will be held next week with the first production run in early March.

As part of their learning experience, we welcomed four guests from two companies to give guest lectures to the students.  John Hawes and Justin Leder from Albany International gave a seminar on wet end clothing (wires) for papermaking.  Albany International is one of the leading manufacturers of machine clothing for the paper industry.

Rick Lull and Tom Sreca from Kadant Johnson (formerly Johnson Corporation) gave a two-day seminar on paper drying.  Kadant Johnson manufactures rotary joints, dryer bars, and other equipment for paper drying.

We are extremely grateful for the help these and other companies provide our students as they work their way through their senior year.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Class of 2013

The college and the department are currently recruiting for the Class of 2013; these will be the incoming freshman in the Fall of 2009.  Applications are currently coming in, with nearly 60 applications to our programs in Paper Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, and Paper Science.  Of these applications, 35 have been accepted with the remaining still pending a decision from the college.

The prospective entering class is again quite strong; the average high school average of the accepted students so far is 92.8 and the average SAT score (math+verbal) is 1243.  This compares favorably to last years class that had a high school average of 90.0 and SAT of 1160.   The average SAT score of college-bound students that took the SAT in 2007 was 1017 (  We continue to recruit strong students that are ready for college.

There are a number of events coming up if you are interested in learning more about our programs and about SUNY-ESF.  The details of these can be found at the ESF website at .  Upcoming information sessions will be held on 20 February, 27 Feburary, 2 March, 23 March, and 3 April.  The college open house is on 18 April 2009.  Please see the website above for more informatio.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Research Position in the Department

Our research program in the department continues to grow and with it we need to bring on more help with the research.  Please see below an announcement for a position in our department.  If you know of anyone interested, please urge them to apply.


The Research Foundation of the State University of New York

At the College of Environmental Science and Forestry

1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York  13210-2778
February 3, 2009

Title:  Senior Research Support Specialist

Department:  Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Salary Range:  Mid 30’s

Duration:  6 months with probable extension

Brief Description of Duties:  Perform laboratory scale procedures including pulping and water extraction of wood chips and bleaching of pulp.  Assist in the Pilot Plant with equipment operation and maintenance and sample testing.  Moderate to heavy lifting required.

Minimum Qualifications:  Baccalaureate degree in science, engineering or related field required. 

Preferred Qualifications: Degree in Paper Science or Paper Engineering.  Experience in pulp, paper or related industry.  Experience with TAPPI standards, MS Word and MS Excel.

Date to be filled:  As soon as possible

Application Deadline:  Although the College will accept applications until the position is filled, candidates should submit materials by February 20, 2009 to ensure optimal consideration.

Application Procedure: Employment application, cover letter, resume and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references, with a brief explanation of the candidate’s relationship to each reference are required to be submitted on-line at

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or sex, except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification.

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