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.

Introduction to Nanotechnology

Have you been fascinated by reports of the transformative potential of nanotechnology but a little unsure what it all means? A new mini-course offered by WIST provides “nanotechnology literacy” and introduces participants to some of the tools and techniques of the science.

Taught by Dr. Robin Tanke, UW-Stevens Point professor of chemistry, this one-day course discusses the use of nanomaterials in consumer products, medical diagnostics and sensors, as well as environmental considerations of nanoparticles. Tanke has research experience in silver and germanium nanoparticles since 2000 and course instruction experience in nanotechnology since 2003.

Participants will be introduced to scanning probe and electron microscopies that allow individual nanoparticles to be imaged as well as techniques used to analyze larger samples of nanoparticles. Additionally, the wide variety of synthetic techniques used to prepare nanomaterials will be discussed. Throughout the course, the use of nanomaterials in consumer products, medical diagnostics, and sensors will serve as examples, and the environmental considerations of nanoparticles will be discussed. After completion of this mini course, the participant should be able to:

• explain on a basic level unusual phenomena observed on the nanoscale
• explain on a basic level tools used to characterize nanomaterials
• provide multiple examples of nanomaterial preparation
• discuss several current and predicted applications of nanomaterials.

Course date: June 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $450. Lunch and refreshment breaks provided.

This course is taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, conveniently located in Central Wisconsin just a 25-minute drive from the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.

To register online, click here.


New course offered in coating and lamination


Coater Roland at back end 027.JPGThis 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.


Register online here.

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.