WPPF 45th Annual Conference
“Celebrating our Heritage”
May 22, 2014

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About the Foundation

Bioresource Science & Engineering (BSE), formerly called Paper Science & Engineering (PSE), was established in the School of Forest Resources as a degree program at the University of Washington in 1965. The Washington Pulp & Paper Foundation (WPPF), a not for profit organization, was incorporated in 1968.

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5 Year Plan

The purpose of the WPPF is to attract excellent students to BSE and thus provide the industry and its allied industries with a pipeline of highly qualified technical graduates who understand and are dedicated to the industry.

The BSE graduates "hit the ground running", have made numerous contributions, and have an exceptional record of commitment. Of the more than 400 students who have graduated from the BSE program, about 350 have chosen careers in the pulp, paper and allied industries.

BSE is a fully accredited, rigorous engineering degree program. Accreditation is through ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). As an engineering program, its curriculum is related to other engineering degree programs at the University, especially Chemical Engineering. (For example, the first two years are very similar for all of the engineering disciplines, both at the University of Washington and the State's community colleges.)

BSE is the only such program west of the Mississippi River. Eight other U.S. colleges and universities have similar degree programs:

Internationally, BSE degree programs exist in a number of countries where there is a significant pulp and paper industry. The other U.S. schools have associated Foundations that are similar to WPPF.

Academic scholarships offered by the Foundation are the principal tool for attracting excellent students. For the 2002-2003 academic year, these scholarships provided full tuition to resident students ($4636 per year). The scholarships are renewable year-to year subject to academic performance, and are extended to cover a double degree with Chemical Engineering for students who are so interested. Other attractions of BSE and the Foundation are:

  • summer jobs and co-op experiences
  • small class sizes
  • a department that cares
  • nearly 100% success in placing graduates over its 35 plus year history

The funds for the BSE scholarships and operating costs of the Foundation are provided by annual contributions from member companies and returns from the Foundation's endowment. Forty-two member companies contributed a total of about $112,000 in 2002. Additionally, one company contributed $20,000 to scholarships but chose not to be a member. The 2002 member companies represented the following business areas: 8, pulp and producers; 11, suppliers; 10, vendors; 7, engineering, construction and consulting. As of 2002, the Foundation's endowment was approximately $1.5 million in value and generated annual funds of about $75,000.

BSE's competitive advantage for the industry is that there is no other way in which we can so effectively bring dedicated, talented and highly qualified young people into this industry and its allied industries.

While enrollment is down at engineering schools across the nation, the BSE degree programs assure that the industry will have a continuing infusion of top-notch technical graduates who desire careers in the pulp, paper and allied industries.



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University of Washington
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