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.

Check back soon for information about courses to be offered beginning in March 2016. Our 2016-2017 schedule to be announced will include Hands-on Papermaking; Introduction to Papermaking Additives; Optimizing Sheet Structure for Maximal Product Performance; and Biomass to Liquid Biofuels: Economic Opportunities and Technical Challenges.


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.