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The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory
A Federal lab associated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They've been at the forefront of research in forest products since 1910. Current programs include extensive work on composite materials and also forest growth and health. Their mission is to promote healthy forests and forest-based economies through the efficient, sustainable use of our wood resources.

Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering at Auburn University
The missions of AC-PABE are to provide undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in science and engineering relevant to the needs of the pulp, paper and bio-resource industries, to conduct fundamental and applied research in line with the industry's research agenda, etc. Auburn University's AC-PABE is the nation's only pulp, paper and bio-resource research and education center that offers undergraduate curricula with pulp, paper and bio-resource specializations for chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering students, and a multidisciplinary research environment for engineering graduate students and faculty. Amazing place!

The Institute of Paper Science and Technology
This site includes general information on IPST research programs, facilities, sponsors, their paper museum, and so forth. Not much yet on the work of individual researchers. But be sure to take the excellent virtual tour of The American Museum of Papermaking. For an example of the work being done at Georgia Tech/IPST, see the page of Dr. Art Ragauskas.

FP Innovations
The North American group that brings together FERIC (Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada), Forintek, Paprican, and the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre of Natural Resources Canada, to create the world's largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute. With over 600 employees spread across Canada, FPInnovations unites the individual strengths of each of these internationally recognized forest research and development institutes into a single, greater force.

University of Maine's Chem. and Biological Eng. Dept.
The department offers a B.Sc. in Paper Surface Science Program to train graduate students in performing scientific research on projects of value to the sponsoring industries. Also of interest is the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation and the Process Development Center.

North Carolina State: Department of Forest Biomaterials
NC State's Department of Wood and Paper Science is now the Department of Forest Biomaterials. This has been one of the nation's leading departments in this area for over 50 years. The Department of Forest Biomaterials conducts interdisciplinary teaching, research and extension initiatives across the areas of wood products, paper science and engineering, and forest biomaterials. "Through these activities, we create and promote new ways to derive sustainable value from nature, develop responsible leaders for the forest products, paper and pulp industries and contribute to the economic wellbeing of North Carolina and beyond."

Oregon State University
This site for the College of Forestry includes useful pages about forest products and careers. You may also wish to visit the Oregon State Forest Products Department.

Western Michigan's Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
Information on classes, facilities, pilot plants, and faculty. The department offers B.S. degrees in Paper Engineering, Paper Science, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging. M.S. and PhD degrees are offered in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering program offers the unique areas of concentration in Paper, Life Sciences, Energy, and Environment. They recently modified the Imaging program to reflect changes in the industry including high speed digital printing and color management.

University of Washington: Paper Science and Engineering Lab
The College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington offers a graduate program in Paper Science and Engineering leading to a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Also see the courses in Paper Science and Engineering.

McMaster Centre for Pulp & Paper Research
The McMaster Centre is part of the Chemical Engineering Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Innventia (formerly STFI - The Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute)
Innventia offers outstanding Swedish technology and highly innovative teams seeking to take the paper industry to the next level of competitiveness.

Centre Technique du Papier (CTP)
CTP (or the Pulp and Paper Research and Technical Centre) is a leading paper research institute in Grenoble, France. (You may wish to use the English version of their Website.) They have pilot facilities such as a bleach plant, paper machine, coaters, recycle, and printing equipment, and do contract research for many companies. They also develop analytical instruments. A subsidiary of CTP is Techpap, which commercializes the inventions from CTP.

The Pulp and Paper Centre at the University of British Columbia
This is a good site, but it uses large graphics files, making access slow for graphical browsers. The Director is Dr. Richard Kerekes. (Also visit the UBC Department of Wood Science.)

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Formerly the Wood and Paper Science Department, this department is part of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Minnesota. Department faculty members conduct teaching, research, and extension programs in the areas of bioproducts, and biosystems, with a variety of majors offered, including Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and also Bio-based Products Marketing and Management. The department is located in St. Paul.

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering at SUNY-Syracuse
The paper page for the State Univ. of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Also the host for ESPRI, the Empire State Paper Research Institute.

UW Stevens Point Paper Science
Stevens Point in the University of Wisconsin system has historically been an important part of the paper science community and continues to provide solid education in the field. The program is in the College of Natural Resources.

Herty Foundation
A unique pilot facility in Savannah, Georgia used by many companies and schools for research in papermaking.

University of Tennessee Forest Products Center
Through the Institute of Agriculture, they have programs in composite materials, drying, multisensor systems and intelligent manufacturing for the forest products industries.

Miami University - Paper Science and Engineering
(This is the university in Ohio, not Florida.) New and improved! This pulp and paper site offers information about Miami's pulp and paper program, the faculty, and more.

Univ. or Toroto's Pulp and Paper Center
Founded in 1987 by Professor Doug Reeve, the Centre facilitates partnerships between the University and the pulp and paper industry to provide excellence in education, research, and information transfer. It's scope of interest has expanded recently to include biorefinery research projects which seek to convert forest biomass and mill effluents into alternative sources of energy, including methane and bio-ethanol.

Univ. of Toronto Chem. Eng. Dept.

Paper Science at UMIST (Univ. of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology)
A good university in the United Kingdom with a well known program in paper physics and paper technology. Of particular interest is the web page of Professor C.T.J. Dodson, who offers an extensive web site dealing with the mathematics of paper physics.

YKI - Institute for Surface Chemistry
A Swedish research institute with a focus on paper-related surface chemistry.

Professional Organizations and Non-profit Groups

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is vital for chemical engineers. This useful site provides information on upcoming meetings - including many extended abstracts online - as well as info on other divisions, AIChE activities, etc. If you are not yet a member, please join and become an active member of this valuable organization.

APA - The Engineered Wood Association. (Tacoma Washington).
Located in Tacoma, Washington, APA is a nonprofit trade association involved with the engineered wood industry, helping the industry to create structural wood products. APA scientists conduct research at their 37,000 square-foot research center and work with member manufacturers to promote new solutions and improved processes. APA was founded in 1933 as the Douglas Fir Plywood Association, and was later recognized as the American Plywood Association. In 1994, APA changed its name to APA - The Engineered Wood Association to better reflect the range of products manufactured by APA members and the international scope of the Association.

TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industries)
TAPPI's Website is extensive and a great asset for members. This site features information on conferences and other events, publications, and more. An excellent feature is the listing of executive summaries of Tappi Journal articles. You can also see technical programs of upcoming conferences. Well done, TAPPI!

PIMA - Paper Industry Management AssociationExcellent organization that offers relevant training, education, networking and information. PIMA's goal to maintain a strong and profitable industry by continually improving the management skills of its managers. It was founded in 1919 in Appleton, Wisconsin, and today has global impact. They cooperate with TAPPI in providing the annual Paper Con conference.

The American Forest & Paper Association
AF&PA is a large U.S. trade association, actively engaged in public relations, lobbying, and promotion of the forest products industries. It was once called the American Paper Institute. Their attractive site is informative and interesting.

Paperonline is provided by the Confederation of European Paper Industries. CEPI is a Brussels-based non-profit making organization serving as a forum for the European pulp and paper industry. Their Website offers educational information about paper, the carbon cycle, manufacturing methods, etc.

Forest Industry Suppliers and Logging Association (FISLA)
FISLA is an independent Canadian-based non-profit industry organization devoted to the sustainable development of all forest industry sectors. FISLA consists mainly of companies that provide a variety of goods and services (including logging) to primary producers.

The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies
The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies is a joint venture between the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Pulp and Paper Industry. The overall mission of the Center is to become the preeminent business studies research and education enterprise dedicated to issues of the Paper Industry worldwide. Also be sure to see US Mills Online at CPBIS, a tool showing what pulp and paper mills are in any state of the US. Mills OnLine is the only historic yet up-to-date data on state-by-state listing of all paper facilities that have operated in the U.S. since 1970. The data contain information on nearly 800 stand-alone and integrated pulp and paper mills. Currently Mills Online report 350 mills as operating, 7 mills as idled or closed, and 426 as delisted from the annual national mill directories. Geographic location and last product capacity for the 426 closed or dismantled mills provide a unique historic perspective on the evolution and restructuring of the industry.

The Forest Products Association of Canada
The site provides a lot of information about forestry, logging, sustainable development, and so forth. I also enjoy the collection of photographs they provide.

The Paper Industry Research Association in the United Kingdom is an important organization promoting research and disseminating practical information about packaging, papermaking, and related technologies. Their web site has grown significantly in the past year.

The Forest Products Society
The society is in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a "non-profit organization promoting technical information transfer to further the socially beneficial use of wood and fiber resources." They publish the Forest Products Journal.

Paper Industry International Hall of Fame
Recognizing people who have made major contributions to the paper industry. The Hall of Fame also displays historical elements of the industry at its new home and provides an educational center for industry advancement.

The Print Councul
The Print Council is a business development alliance dedicated to promoting the greater use of print media. Formed by leaders across the spectrum of the graphic arts industry, The Print Council's goal is to influence and promote the greater use of print media through education, awareness, market development, advocacy and research.

The Society of Wood Science and Technology

NAPL (National Association of Printers & Lithographers)
A technical organization for those in the graphic arts industries.

Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC.ca)
A membership organization of technically oriented people seeking to improve their own technical and scientific competence and to raise the technology of the Canadian pulp and paper industry. They sponsor significant technical meetings and expositions, among other things.

The Forest Products Association of Canada
FPAC seeks to be the voice of Canada's wood, pulp, and paper producers in government, trade, and environmental affairs. FPAC represents the largest Canadian producers of forest products. Our members are responsible for 75% of the working forests in Canada. Third-party certification of member companies' forest practices is a condition of membership in the Association -- a world first. Canada’s forest products industry is an $80 billion dollar a year industry that represents 2% of Canada’s GDP. The industry is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in hundreds of Canadian communities and providing nearly 900,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country.

The Corrugated Packaging Council
The CPC develops and coordinates industry-wide programs to address corrugated packaging issues. Its mission is to increase awareness of corrugated's performance and environmental attributes, and to promote corrugated recycling. The site includes information on performance of corrugated materials, environmental issues, and news.

The US Green Building Council: LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. Their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

Wisconsin Paper Council
A network of papermakers in Wisconsin. This site includes a basic tour of the papermaking process (good for kids).

A network of printing and paper companies.

International Sanitary & Supply Association

The Canadian Pulp and Paper Association
A major industry organization which sponsors excellent technical and trade conferences and publications. (URL updated Feb. 24, 1997.)

Quebec Forest Industries Council (QFIA)
The Quebec Forest Industries Council represents major pulp and paper producers and lumber producers in Quebec.

The Paper Federation of Great Britain
An informative site covering interesting topics concerning the environment, the industry, and legislation.

Numerous other technical and scientific organizations
A giant list!

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