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2019 Academic Advisory Committee Meeting and

Senior Design Project Presentations

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Paper Science & Chemical Engineering Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) Meeting is an annual event held each spring.

Each year, representatives from the paper and allied industries gather with the Paper Science & Chemical Engineering faculty and staff to listen and assess the Senior Design Project Presentations and provide students with constructive feedback on their projects.  After the presentations the committee meeting begins with an update from Karyn Biasca, Department Chair, on the status of the Department where industry representatives' input is welcomed.   The AAC meeting is followed by a luncheon for participants. 


Registration is requested so that we may order meeting supplies and food accurately. Please provide your information here: AAC Registration

Questions? Please contact Michelle Daniels at 715-346-4817 or

Schedule for May 16, 2019

8:15 am Check-in begins

8:45 am Welcome and instructions (Alumni Room, DUC)

9:00 am Paper Science and Engineering Design Presentations (meeting rooms in DUC)

10:00 am Chemical Engineering Design Poster Presentations (Alumni Room, DUC)

11:00 am Academic Advisory Committee meeting (Alumni Room, DUC)

12:00 pm Luncheon (Alumni Room, DUC)


Paper Science and Engineering: Senior Design Projects

Fiber Blending System

Students: Roman Katzer III, Jack Duffy, Leo Bisch III, Micah Ertel

Original Problem Statement: Provide recommendations for making the fiber blending system in the stock preparation area of the department paper machine operational

Saveall System

Students:  Max Theys, Andrew Kawleski, Ben Domasky

Original Problem Statement: Analyze the equipment in place that serves as a save-all system and optimize the flexibility and utility of the system

Fabric Tension Control

Students:  Austin Feuerhammer, Zack Goedeke, Katie Ebelt

Original Problem Statement: Analyze the control of the fabric tension on the department paper machine and provide recommendations for tension control

Flatbox Vacuum System

Students: Nate Peterson, Mitch Schreiner, Ryan Brandl

Original Problem Statement: Analyze the performance of the flatbox vacuum system on the paper machine, providing recommendations to improve its efficiency and ease of operation

Chemical Engineering: Senior Design Project Problem Statement

Design a plant that will produce 250,000 US gallons of diemthyl ether per day, using methanol as the feed to the process. 

Seven teams of two students each will present their designs and recommendations at a poster session from 10:00-11:00 am.




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