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Roland Gong


Roland Gong teaches paper science and chemical engineering courses at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 2013, Gong earned a Ph.D. degree in Paper and Printing Science and Engineering at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), where he also obtained his master’s degree in the same program in 2010. His research interests concentrate on paper coating and converting, paper recycling, packaging, and pioneer technologies in the paper industry. He has ten years of industrial experience in the areas of paper, packaging, and printing, where he worked on new materials applications and process optimizations.

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (June 2019-Present)
  • Assistant  Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (August 2013-May 2019)
  • Teaching Assistant, Western Michigan University (2010-2013)

Research Interests

  • Paper making and converting, printing
  • Paper recycling and deinking
  • Nanocellulose applications
  • Structured packaging materials and process
  • Artificial technology in process engineering

Professional Experiences

  • Sales Engineer, Fargo Group, Hongkong (2002-2004)
  • Project Coordinator and Process Engineer, Etsong Tobacco Group, Qingdao, China (1998-2001)

Recent Presentations

  • “Nanocellulose Film and Adhesives,” Presentation. Advancing Commercialization of Nanocellulose, USDA workshop, Washington DC 2019
  • “How to Increase Yield in Recycling Mills,” TAPPI Tissue 2018. Presentation, Co-author and presenter, 2019
  • “Scale-up the Application of Cellulose Nanofibril into Polyurethane Based Adhesives,” International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. Abstract accepted. 2018
  • “The Application of Near Infrared Digital Image Analysis for Deinking Evaluation,” TAPPI PEERS, Norfolk VA 2017
  • “Vacuum Systems and Energy Optimization,” TAPPI PaperCon, Minneapolis MN. Presentation. Co-author 2017
  • “Deinking Evaluation Using Near-Infrared Narrow Band Digital Image Analysis,” TAPPI Journal August 2016, Vol 15 No.8 2016



  • Attendee, UWSP Teaching Conference (2014-Present)
  • Committee member, Natural Resource College Curriculum Committee (2019-Present)
  • Committee member, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (2020-Present)
  • Committee member, Computer Committee (2013-2018)
  • Committee member, UWSP, University Grade Review Subcommittee (2019-Present)

Professional Memberships

  • Editorial Reviewer, TAPPI Journal (2015-Present)
  • Editorial Reviewer, Waste and Biomass Valorization journal (2019)
  • Grant Reviewer
  • WisSYS ARG Grant (2017, 2021)
  • Douglas Stephens Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Clive David Award (2016-2020)
  • Coating and Lamination of Packaging workshop, initiated and worked with TAPPI (2015-2019), attendees from US, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia
  • Member, TAPPI (2010-Present)
  • Member, TAPPI Fiber Recycling steering committee (2015-2019)
  • Member, AIChE (2020-Present)
  • Member, Society for Imaging Science and Technology (2009-2013)
  • Member, Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (2009-2013)

Fun Facts

Best advice you ever received?

Never underestimate an individual’s (yourself and others) potentials, and life is full of “miracles”.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be an entrepreneur or scientist.

Favorite quote?

“Education for all” and “Instruct according to the student’s abilities” Confucius (551-479 BC)

A piece of advice for students?

Be curious and cautious

Roland Gong
Associate Professor of Paper Science and Chemical Engineering
Technical Consultant for the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

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Ph.D. Paper, Imaging Science and Engineering
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

M.S. Paper, Imaging Science and Engineering
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

B.E. Printing Engineering
Xi'An University of Technology, Xi'An, China