Education at the Wisconsin Institute
for Sustainable Technology
We provide papermaking courses for industry professionals including Hands-on Papermaking, Hands-on Pulping and Bleaching, and more.
WIST education also offers a series of short courses in sustainability including sessions on sustainable energy, bioplastics, life cycle assessment, green chemistry, and business modeling.
In addition, we developed an interdisciplinary biofuels minor curriculum now being offered at UW-Stevens Point.
New Course: Introduction to Concepts and Technologies in Biomass Bioeconomy
This course will be offered for the first time August 24-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Click here for full details
New course offered in coating and lamination
This course is designed for those working in paper converting, coating, printing and flexible packaging, such as engineers, technicians, chemists, scientists, sales representatives, and customer service representatives. Representatives of companies that supply adhesives, inks, silicones, papers, plastic films and aluminum foils will also benefit.
You will get expert instruction by Roland Gong, assistant professor of paper science and engineering
at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Gong has a Ph.D. in paper and imaging science and engineering from Western Michigan University, where he researched paper coating using new materials and cutting-edge facilities.
Course dates: August 20-21, 2015
Location: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a 25-minute drive from the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wisconsin
Participants will receive six hours of classroom instruction, six hours of hands-on experience on state-of-the-art equipment, lunch and break refreshments both days, all for $999.
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
- Understand coating and lamination fundamentals and their applications
- Recognize the various types of coaters and laminators and their applications
- Understand workflow and unit operations
- Recognize the raw materials and their properties, and learn their influences on the final products
- Understand test basics
- Apply the knowledge in operation and quality control
- Hands-on experience of coating and lamination trials
Pilot Paper Plant is outstanding educational and lab services asset
WIST operates a Fourdrinier pilot paper machine on the UW-Stevens Point campus. The machine is an important asset for the university's paper science and engineering program, with students benefitting from the hands-on experience. It is also used in WIST's hands-on courses in papermaking. The machine is managed by WIST's Laboratory Services Division, which performs contract services for industry. Revenue earned from contract runs on the machine supports student learning, equipment maintenance and upgrades, and WIST research and development. Don Guay talks about the paper machine's importance to students in this short video
. Don was formerly director of WIST Laboratory Services.