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Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation

2019 Annual Meeting & Banquet - REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Mike, Juliet, BSE students, faculty & staff are excited to gather with our member reps, friends and alumni here on campus on May 23rd. Details are on our online registration page, click here. Contact Juliet ( with any questions.

WPPF Update: February 2019

Members, Alumni and Friends of the Foundation: Here it is February and time for my January "welcome back" note to our members, friends and students. We got together for the annual Dick's burgers event and shared our holiday stories.

Several students attended the TAPPI Student Summit in Kalamazoo. In addition to the contacts and interviews they made we received a note from an industry attendee that the "group from the UW was well prepared, professional and represented the BSE program very well."

Classes are underway and our first year students are settling in after their first quarter at the UW. Our seniors are evaluating their job offers and making plans to start a career. We continue to see graduates taking jobs across the country, wherever the best professional opportunity presents itself. Our students can compete with any of the graduates from other schools.

Kurt continues to upgrade the capability of the Wollenberg lab. The paper machine is running faster, making a heavier sheet and using unique furnishes. He is providing contract services for a growing number of clients. Contract work provides our students the opportunity to work on real projects, with real schedules and results that are important.

It was a good year for member info sessions. More than a dozen firms hosted our students and conducted interviews. Our members continue to appreciate the opportunity to engage students without the crowds and impersonal connection often encountered at job fairs.

We are in the early stages of organizing out approach to maximizing the opportunity provided by the College of Engineering "Direct to College" (DTC) program. Briefly, DTC admits students to the College of Engineering as undeclared majors. Students will select a major at the end of their first year with BSE as one of the engineering options. We hope to attract up to 12 students each year from this program with the balance from community college transfers and College of the Environment pre-BSE majors.

Please also see our pdf update flier.

WPPF Update: October 2018

We are back and ready to start the 2018-2019 year. BSE Enrollment is steady and we are on solid financial ground. Our newest faculty member, Dr. Heidi Gough, will be introducing more environmental management coursework into the curriculum and Kurt is taking the lead teaching the Wollenberg Laboratory based courses.

The Summer Event on Sept 9th was well attended and more than 15 dozen oysters were the losers. Even though it was a little windy, it didn't rain, wasn't cold, and we didn't run out of food or beverages. Lots of stories were told and several new BSE students connected with alumni, members, faculty and their more senior peers.

This will be the initial year where First Year College of Engineering students enter as undeclared engineering majors. This program, "Direct to College," means these students will apply to the various engineering majors, including BSE, in their second term on campus. This may reduce the number of "pre-BSE" students but increase the number of students who ultimately chose BSE. We will have an opportunity to present the unique features of BSE to the DTC students and believe a number will select BSE as their major.

Recruiting season has started out strong with 10 member companies already scheduled for info sessions and interviews. We anticipate this will be another very successful year for placement of our graduates and students seeking internships. This certainly puts a premium on coming to campus to engage our students if your firm is looking for new talent. An emphasis this year will be outreach to our members and making certain they understand and fully utilize every benefit membership provides.

Please also see our pdf update flier.

Wollenberg Paper and Bioresource Science Laboratory

The Wollenberg Foundation has made a transformational gift to the Bioresource Science and Engineering program, our students and the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation in recognition of the Foundation's 50th anniversary. This generous gift of $500,000 will be memorialized by the naming of the program's pilot laboratory the "Wollenberg Paper and Bioresource Science Laboratory." The gift will add to the existing R.P. Wollenberg Endowment and significantly increase scholarship support for Bioresource Science and Engineering students.

The Wollenberg family has been significantly involved in the economy of the Pacific Northwest since their founding of Longview Fibre. As a charter member of the Foundation and later through their family's generosity the Wollenbergs have steadfastly supported our students.

Valuing our Members

The Foundation has been successful in our mission over the last 50 years largely because of the support of our member companies and friends of the Foundation. One of the things we often forget to do is thank other members for their support when we do business. When a business relationship involves a member, do you take a minute to say thank you for supporting the Foundation? When a company approaches you with a proposal to do business, do you ask "Are you a member of the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation?" and then say "We consider membership an important part of the future of our industry." If you know of a firm that would benefit from Foundation membership, let me know. Take a minute and look over our membership poster so you can say "thanks" to the firms and folks who support our mission. - Mike Roberts

Give to the WPPF Scholarship Fund

WPPF Mission

To provide the pulp, paper and bioresource industries with outstanding, dedicated graduates in Bioresource Science and Engineering from the UW who have breadth and depth of knowledge, make immediate contributions, are future leaders and are grounded in the principles of teamwork, sustainability, stewardship and economic vitality.


Click the image above to open or download the 2018 Slideshow