Education at WIST

Education at WIST hands on
WIST education provides a series of short courses in sustainability including sessions on sustainable energy, bioplastics, life cycle assessment, green chemistry, and business modeling.
 
We also provide papermaking courses for industry professionals including Hands-on Pulping and Bleaching and Hands-on Papermaking.
 
WIST has developed an interdisciplinary biofuels minor curriculum at UWSP.
 
 
 
 

Sustainable Energy Course scheduled for September 29

A half-day course focuses on energy from a sustainability perspective using the Natural Step, the 3 Es an systems thinking to frame the issue. Click here for more information about the course. 

 

New paper course series offered fall 2014:
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Free tuition for fall pilot offering — but space is limited

We’ve created a new series of three courses in papermaking fundamentals designed for individuals associated with the manufacture, testing, and marketing of all grades of paper. Individuals involved in the purchase of paper will also benefit from the detailed knowledge acquired during these courses. First up on September 25-26 is a revised version of Hands-on Papermaking, with new and updated course content. Measuring and Controlling Paper Formation will be offered for the first time October 23-24, and on November 6-7 we’re offering another new course, Introduction to Papermaking Additives. (See below for course outlines.)

The courses were developed with grant funding from UW-System to enhance workforce skills and expertise. Tuition for each course normally is $800. But the new and revised courses are free this fall in a pilot offering. Each pilot course participant must complete a course evaluation at the conclusion of the class and complete a follow-up survey six weeks later.

In addition, workplace supervisors will be asked to complete a survey about the effectiveness of the course six weeks after the course. Each course is offered in our popular format. We start with morning classroom sessions. After lunch (included) it’s off to the university’s pilot paper machine and/or paper testing lab for hands-on sessions guided by Paper Science & Engineering faculty and WIST laboratory staff. Click here for details on course schedules and content.

Take one course or all three. But register early because space is limited. Use the links below to jump to an online registration form. Registration will close automatically for each course at 16 registrants. If you receive a registration closed message, you may place yourself on a wait list by emailing Angie.Hauer@uwsp.edu

Register for Measuring and Controlling Paper Formation

Register for Introduction to Papermaking Additives

Hands-on Papermaking

This course is now full for the September 2014 offering. To be placed on a wait list in the event of a cancellation by a participant and for a planned spring 2015 offering of this course, email Angie Hauer at Angie.Hauer@uwsp.edu

This two-day class, September 25-26, features morning lectures followed by afternoon sessions of guided exercises running UWSP’s pilot paper machine, the fastest student-run paper machine in the country. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; lunch is included.

Classroom lectures

  • History of paper making
  • Tree anatomy
  • Pulping and Bleaching
  • Papermaking Equipment
  • Additives and Coatings

Hands-on Sessions: Participants operate the university's Fourdrinier pilot paper machine, guided by PS&E faculty and WIST laboratory staff.

Your instructors for Hands-on Papermaking are Dr. Karyn Biasca, chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science & Engineering Department, and Dr. Gerry Ring, former chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science & Engineering Department.

Measuring and Controlling Formation

This course on October 23-24 provides attendees with a unique perspective on the operational principles of optimizing the formation of paper. Formation is the most important paper property affecting paper’s porosity, opacity, smoothness, printability and strength. Formation is much more than just an appearance property of paper. This course will emphasize that manufacturing a quality sheet of paper involves every aspect of the paper manufacturing process from fiber selection to consolidation of the sheet on the forming table. This course will also emphasize the visual measurement of formation as well as the instrumental measurement of formation. This course uniquely features exercises on UWSP’s pilot paper machine where attendees will produce paper at different formation levels. Attendees will then participate in group exercises that evaluate formation using both visual and instrumental methods.

The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; lunch is included.

  • Understand why paper making fibers floc.
  • Understand manufacturing techniques that minimize fiber floccing.
  • Understand the relationship between paper properties and formation.
  • Understand both visual and instrumental measurement of formation.
  • Understand the difficulties associated with the correlation of visual formation assessment and the instrument measurement.

Your instructor for Measuring and Controlling Formation is Dr. Gerry Ring, former chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science & Engineering Department

Introduction to Papermaking Additives

This course on November 6-7 provides attendees with an overview of the common paper making additives used in industry today. Clear descriptions of how and why these additives work are presented in classroom discussions. Emphasis will be placed on where additives are introduced into the paper making process. Potential interactions with both equipment and other additives will also be discussed. The relationship between additives and enhanced performance of paper will be discussed. This course uniquely features exercises on UWSP’s pilot paper machine where attendees will produce paper with different additives. Attendees will then participate in group exercises that evaluate the properties of this paper using typical laboratory tests.

The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; lunch is included.

  • Understand the difference between acid and alkaline papermaking.
  • Understand the difference between process additives and product improving additives.
  • Understand the basics of retention aid functionality.
  • Understand the difference between wet and dry strength additives.
  • Understand foam control, pitch control and the biocides.
  • Understand the purpose and use of fillers.

Your instructor for Introduction to Papermaking Additives is Dr. Gerry Ring, former chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science & Engineering Department

Pilot Paper Plant is outstanding educational asset

WIST operates a pilot paper machine on the UWSP 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.