Paper Technology Foundation Meeting at Western Michigan University to Highlight Student Success

The annual meeting will help showcase a program whose graduates continue to be well received by industry and are being placed at base salaries starting around $65,000.

2012 WMU paper engineering students at the first Ts’ai Lun student organization meeting of the 2012-13 school year.

Oct. 3, 2012 (Press Release) - Student success, scholarships and opportunities for students pursuing careers in the paper and allied industry will be center stage at the Paper Technology Foundation's 53rd annual meeting Thursday, Oct. 18 — an event that each year attracts high-profile paper industry executives from across North America to Western Michigan University (WMU).

The Paper Technology Foundation stages the annual meeting to showcase the internationally renowned paper engineering and paper science programs offered by the WMU Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging. Established in 1958, the Paper Technology Foundation supports and enhances those world-class programs through a number of initiatives.

The annual meeting will help showcase a program whose graduates continue to be well received by industry and are being placed at base salaries starting around $65,000 annually, plus signing bonuses and relocation packages. Seniors have 100 percent job placement and normally receive multiple job offers several months in advance of graduation, a trend that extends back for more than a decade.

Recently, paper engineering students have generated an average of $90,000 throughout their academic career by working as productive professionals during internships and co-ops. These practical experiences along with their academic accomplishments have created their successful career launch with outstanding starting salaries and positions that reinforce the positive outcomes of the program. All of this is made possible by the generous scholarships from the Paper Technology Foundation, which offers students up to $26,500 toward their degree.

A full slate of activities focusing on paper engineering and paper science students is set for the day. A highlight will be a keynote presentation by Dr. Tony Lyons, director of research for IMERYS Pigments for Paper & Packaging, who will speak on "Pride, Prejudice, and Paper Making" during the event's annual banquet Thursday evening.

Lyons has 28 years of experience in the areas of coating and paper finishing technology. He has regularly published and presented at TAPPI and PIRA conferences and in trade journals and holds patents in coating pigments, coated inkjet papers and vapor barrier coating.

The Paper Technology Foundation, which has a long tradition of providing scholarships to students, will showcase fall 2012 recipients at a dinner banquet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Other events during the day include the foundation's committee meetings at 9 a.m., followed by the PTF Board of Trustees meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The foundation's annual meeting runs from 3:30 to 4 p.m., followed by the PTF meet and greet social hour and the annual banquet. Guests will be entertained by the WMU Advanced Jazz Combo during the social hour, which will be followed by the dinner banquet, awards ceremony and keynote remarks. The meetings are held in the ParkView conference room at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the other activities will be held in the Fetzer Center.

To register or for more information, contact John F. Bergin, foundation managing director, at (414) 364-4399 or, Jennifer Johnson, foundation administrative assistant, at (269) 276-3964 or, or Kate Miller, foundation student recruiter/outreach officer, at (269) 276-3524 or

SOURCE: Western Michigan University