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Patrick Leasure graduated from NC State in 2015 with a dual degree in Paper Science & Engineering and Chemical Engineering, and also a Business Administration Minor.   We recently reached out to Patrick to find out about his experiences here at NC State, his career and advice for current students.  Thanks for sharing Patrick.

  • Internship/co-op experience: PCA Valdosta Summer and Fall 2011 (Pulp Mill and Utilities), PCA Valdosta Spring 2013 (Pulp Mill), MWV Summer 2013 (Paper Macleasure-photohine)
    IP Augusta Summers 2014, 2015 (Paper Machine, Pulp Mill).
  • Favorite Class:  PSE 371, PSE 360, PSE 201, PSE 465.
  • Best memory at State: Tailgating with Friends, specifically the NCSU -FSU win in Raleigh.
  • Worst memory at State: All-nighters preparing for CHE finals and exams.
  • Clubs/hobbies: TAPPI
  • Favorite part of PSE Program: It was like a family that took care of each other and helped each other out. We hung out together, we studied together, and we celebrated victories together.
  • Most important thing PSE taught me: PSE taught me how to think outside the box and provided the tools and basics needed to be successful in the paper industry.  I utilize these things daily in order to be an asset in my role for finished products.

Current Career Information

  • Company/Job position: International Paper – Augusta Mill, Manufacturing Excellence (ME) Engineer – Finished Products
  • Years at Current Job: July 2016
  • Favorite part of Job: The ME role with IP works on cost reduction and in Finished Products in Augusta that involved trial work. Running trials and analyzing changes for potential savings and ways to be more efficient is the most enjoyable part of my job.
  • Biggest accomplishment in career: I have only been working for a little less than one year, but helping qualify a grade AU3 in record time, from proof to concept to customer approval was a huge accomplishment and our team is very proud of that.
  • Advice for Current Students: Throughout my college career, I sought advice from older students, professors, and industry professionals to try and find a way to prepare myself for life after college. By the end of college, it came down to a few key things to remember.
    1. You are in college once, enjoy the time and find something out about yourself that you did not know.
    2. Learn to balance friends, grades, and sleep because that balance will be with you for the rest of your life. (Trade work for grades)
    3. Keep perspective on the big picture and do not get overwhelmed.14202776_10209477678074386_7942526194498071890_n-1
    4. You are capable of more than what you set your boundary to be.

Personal Information

  • Hometown: Gibsonville, NC
  • Family: My fiancé is a teacher at a middle school in South Carolina.  We are getting married in November of 2017.  My dad is a systems engineer for General Dynamics and my mom is a pre-school teacher. My younger sister is a senior at UNC – Chapel Hill studying sports science and looking to go to PA school after graduation in  May of 2017.
  • Hobbies/interests: Hiking the local trails in Augusta, Disc Golf, Kickball, Golf, spending time with friends outside of work.
  • Any other comments to share: Just like in the real world, everyone has a different track to graduation. Some do it the typical way and finish in 4-4.5 years. It took me 5.5 years to graduate and I do not regret it one bit. I took advantage of the opportunities the College of Natural Resources and Paper Science program have to offer and I highly suggest everyone get involved in one way or another. I got to travel to two different countries, work for three different companies and accumulate almost two years of work experience before graduation. I would not be in the position I am in this early into my career without the Paper Science program and I will always be grateful for those that contributed to my professional and personal growth over the last 6 years.

By guest blogger Chase Binion