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

  • What's New

    We have over 80 students enrolled in the Paper Science and Engineering minor and are on pace to graduate over 30 students in this academic year. The program is doing very well and graduates are finding a multitude of job opportunities, whether they are looking for full-time entry level positions or summer internships or multi-term co-op experiences. Many PSEF member companies have been asking for resumes and getting in touch with students even before the semester starts, so it promises to be a very active recruiting season.

    In September the PSE Foundation, in cooperation with the Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering faculty, will be selecting eight new Williams Leadership Scholarship recipients. This prestigious scholarship will cover the full cost of in-state tuition for eight new leaders who wish to enter the paper industry. Applications for the Williams scholarships are due in mid-September and the awards are made later that month. Recipients are selected for their superior academic performance,​ ​creativity in problem-solving​, and demonstrated examples of exceptional leadership​.  

    The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the Bob and Barbara Williams Foundation. Mr. Robert C. Williams (retired) led an exemplary career in the paper industry, most notably as co-founder, President and CEO of the James River Corporation.

  • 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

  • Fall Semester

    First year student move-in day is August 20 and all the PSE students will be returning to campus after their summer internship experiences. The first day of classes is August 24 and the fall break is scheduled for Oct 9-11. Thanksgiving break will be November 24-29. The last day of classes for the semester is December 5 and commencement is scheduled for December 11.
  • Career Fair

    Lots of preparation goes into getting ready for  there is a problem handling links. , which is on September 16 from 1:00-6:00 pm in Millett Hall. You need to head over to Hoyt Hall to see the  there is a problem handling links.  office for help in preparing your resumes and practicing for your on campus interviews. Print out a few copies of your resume and break out your business attire as you go to the Career Fair and have your selection of firms that come to campus to interview high ability engineering students interested careers of leadership in the pulp, paper and affiliated industries. If you haven't yet signed onto  there is a problem handling links. , you need to do that, too! (That goes for students as well as companies.)
  • 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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