Mike Haas (PSE '78) of Weyerhaeuser Added to Univ of Washington's Wall of Fame

Paper Science Grad Earns High Honor

Mike Haas, a long-time resident of Kelso, Wash., was recently honored at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation (WPPF) on Thursday, May 21, at the University of Washington. Haas has spent 35 years working in the pulp and paper industry in Longview, and he was added to the WPPF Wall of Fame in recognition of exemplary service and contributions to the industry, as well as to the education of students and future professionals in the field.

Haas graduated with a degree in pulp and paper technology from Miami University in 1978, when he began working at Longview Fibre—now KapStone Paper and Packaging—as a process engineer, eventually progressing to technical director. In 2009 he joined Weyerhaeuser, where he provides technical support for Longview’s Liquid Packaging Board customers as technical service manager. Haas is deeply involved with the Longview educational community, as well, as he has chaired the pulp and paper program for Lower Community College, and also served on the Kelso School Board.

Upon receving notice of the honor, Haas said: "I received a scholarship from the Miami University Pulp and Paper Foundation, and am thrilled to be able to give back by working with WPPF.  I am also thankful for the career I have had with Longview Fibre and now Weyerhaeuser – founding companies of the WPPF, and continued strong supporters of the program today.  Students interested in engineering should investigate the scholarships that the Paper Science and Engineering Foundation at Miami University and Washington Pulp and Paper Foundations provide."

WPPF supports students earning a Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) degree—formerly known as Pulp and Paper Technology—at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. WPPF established the Wall of Fame in 2000 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the foundation and to the BSE program. It is the highest recognition granted by WPPF.

Haas represented Longview Fibre on the WPPF Board and was a past president of the foundation, and he currently represents Weyerhaeuser on the Board. Accompanying him at the award banquet was his wife Sandy and son Walter, along with Rick Wollenberg, the former CEO and member of the founding family of Longview Fibre, and his wife Barb.