Welcome to the Paper Science & Engineering Foundation!

The Paper Science & Engineering Foundation at Miami University was founded in 1960 through the generous donations of several local paper mills and corporations who wanted to ensure the education of future paper engineers. We continue to actively work with students in the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. Miami is one of very few schools in the country to offer this curriculum! Our program boasts 100% placement for our graduates, with some of the highest starting salaries across campus. We are very proud of what we do here!

Upcoming Events

  • Paper Science grad will be remembered as a pillar in the community

    We were sad to learn that Fr. Chris Coleman (1990 PSE) was tragically lost in a recent car accident in Wyoming (Cincinnati). Chris entered the paper industry upon graduation and had a very successful career in chemical sales with Hercules. He felt called to the ministry and left paper behind to attend the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Cincinnati. He was ordained a priest on May 20, 2006 at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati, Ohio by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk. On July 1, 2014, Fr. Coleman was appointed Pastor of the Winton Wyoming Pastoral Region (Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Greenhills; St. James of the Valley Parish, Wyoming; and St. Matthias Parish, Forest Park) for a period of six years. He will be missed by all that knew him.

    For more information on Father Coleman and the impact he had on the community, read the full story at Cincinnati.com.

  • What's New

    Summer is here, which means that the PS&E Foundation office is already busy preparing for the fall semester when the students return to campus after their various work experiences. Engineering students who minor in Paper Science are strongly encouraged to take summer internship positions or multi-term co-op jobs so that they can be highly competitive when graduation comes around. While all the graduates from the College of Engineering and Computing at Miami University have jobs within a year from graduation, almost all of the Paper Science minor students have accepted high-paying jobs before they graduate. That’s because the PS&E Foundation creates the space where companies and students can network and interact.

  • Fall Semester 2016

    This fall, we’re excited about a new development in the recruiting arena. The Student TAPPI group is teaming up with other student engineering groups to offer an exclusive opportunity to our corporate members. They’re putting together the first ever “PSEF Pre-Night”, which is a recruiting meet-and- greet event that will happen before the university-wide Career Fair in September. Billed as an opportunity to meet and interact with a high number of corporate representatives, the students are assembling all the pieces of a highly successful event. Stay tuned for more information.

    Also in the fall, we’ll once again be selecting eight of the department’s best student leaders who intend to work in the pulp, paper or affiliated industries to receive the prestigious Williams Leadership Scholarship award. This full-tuition award is granted to those students with the highest potential to lead the pulp and paper industry forward in the next generation. We thank the Bob and Barbara Williams foundation for their longstanding support of this highly valued scholarship award.

  • Dr. Peterson honored with named scholarship

    The R. C. Peterson Honorary Scholarship effort was launched in March 2014 to honor Dr. Chris Peterson's years of teaching and leadership in the paper science program. The fund reached the minimum $25,000 is fairly short order and was endowed, allowing Dr. Peterson to personally award the first scholarship to Eric Suthoff, a worthy student who has successfully recruited a number of his classmates to the PSE program...just like Dr. Peterson recruited many when he was a professor in the department.

    Alumni are encouraged to donate to this named scholarship as a way of paying tribute to Dr. Peterson. If you were in the department when Dr. Peterson was part of the faculty, chances are that you were touched by his enthusiasm for the program. Now is the time to help us honor his many contributions to the successes we've enjoyed over the years. Truly we are standing on the shoulders of giants...and one of those giants is Dr. R. C. Peterson.

    Dr. Peterson

    Jen Pennington (PSE '01) and Steve Sena (PSE '95) with Dr. R. C. Peterson

  • Student TAPPI

    Miami has a very active student TAPPI group, which is the university chapter of the national association by the same name. If you want to know more, just visit TAPPI's web page. We're excited about the year to come and our annual Student TAPPI/PIMA Summit meeting. Check it out!

    (TAPPI is an acronym for the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry and PIMA is an acronym for the Paper Industry Management Association.)

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