Online and Distance Education Courses

Course Information

FB 501 Masters Research Methods in Forest Biomaterials

Description: This course is an introduction to research methods for MS students in the Forest Biomaterials Department. It will cover conduct of research by the scientific method, literature searching, rules for assigning credit for the work of others, basic research ethics, common laboratory practices including safety and etiquett510e, mentoring, experimental design, basic statistics, and analysis of data. Students will review research papers, write research papers with proper sections, and present research at the masters level. Credit is not allowed for both WPS 501 and 701.
Professor: Hubbe, Martin A
Semester: Fall Only
Category: Science
Units: 2

FB 510 Strategic Business Processes for the Forest Products Industry (Capital Project Investment Analysis

Description: Strategic Business Processes is designed to introduce the technically trained student to organizational, management and leadership processes that drive a successful business. The course highlights the differences between principled leadership and “opinion poll” leadership, the need to balance the conflicting wants of major stakeholders in the business, the importance of a unique strategy, the linkage between strategy and day-to-day implementation of the strategy and the ingredients and requirements for a successful career. Real-life illustrations are provided with emphasis on the Forest Products industry.
Professor: Gonzalez, Ronalds Wilfredo
Semester: Fall and Spring
Category: Business
Units: 3

FB 516 Forest Products Colloids & Surfaces

Description: Surface and interfacial science as related to uses of lignocellulosic materials are covered. Fundamentals of the physical chemistry of surfaces and aqueous suspensions are brought to life with examples from such fields as paper science, biomaterials science, composites, and cellulosic liquid fuels technology. Topics include colloidal stability, flocculation, surface forces, polyelectrolyte behavior, electrokinetics, capillary forces, adhesion, surfactancy, and self-assembly. Water-cellulose interactions, including wettability, swelling, and hydrogen bonding effects will be highlighted.
Professor: Hubbe, Martin
Semester: Spring Only. Offered Alternate Even Years
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 522 Chemical Principles for the Papermaking Process Engineer

Description: Chemical principles for the Papermaking Process Engineer provides a foundation in aqueous chemistry and the applications of polyelectrolytes. The course is intended for professionals employed in the paper manufacturing industry and related industries, such as chemicals suppliers to paper manufacturers. Topics include the papermaking process, acids and bases, polymers, water-resistance, paper strength, colorants, retention and dewatering aids, deposit control, coatings, recycling, and wastewater treatment. Lectures are by CD or DVD. The course-pack, quizzes, and readings are on the web. For off-campus students. Permission of instructor required.
Professor: Hubbe, Martin A
Semester: TBA
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 527 Wet-End and Colloidal Chemistry

Description: The course objective is to prepare students to solve problems related to chemical usage on paper machines. Subjects include paper machine operations, fibers, fillers, chemistry of additives, colloids, control of paper’s interactions with liquids, strength, dyes, strategies to optimize retention, dewatering strategies, strategies to achieve more uniform paper, strategies to improve production rates, and wet-end chemical process control.
Professor: Hubbe, Martin A
Semester: Fall only
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 565 Forest Biomaterials Physics

Description: Physical models of forest biomaterials including [1] viscosity properties of biopolymer solutions and fibrous suspensions, [2] visco-elastic and thermal properties of biopolymers, [3] elastic properties of biomaterials, and [4] fibrous network properties are covered. Focus is on the scientific aspects of these topics with special applications to materials derived from forest resources.
Professor: Pawlak,  Joel
Semester: Spring Only
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 576 Environmental Life Cycle Analysis

Description: Overview of the various aspects of conducting and interpreting an environmental life cycle analysis on a product or service. Students will learn how to construct a life cycle analysis goal and scope, inventory, assessment and interpretation. Skills in the critique and communication of a life cycle analysis will be developed. Includes an overview of the following life cycle stages: raw materials, energy, transportation, production, use, and end of life. Emphasis on systems thinking. Targeted for students in any science or engineering program. Credit not allowed for both PSE 476 and WPS 576.
Professor: Yao, Yuan
Semester: Fall only
Category: Business
Units: 3

FB 595-003 Wood Morphology

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Professor: Peszlen, Ilona
Semester: Fall
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 595-601 Sustainable Lean Manufacturing

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Professor: Saloni, Daniel
Semester: Fall
Category: Business
Units: 3

FB 595-603 Strategic Business Analysis for the Bioeconomy

Description: This course examines the evolution of the global bioeconomy and major drivers behind its growth while providing detailed business and financial training. By understanding the forces behind the growth of the bioeconomy, students can identify features in products and services that can potentially capture value (profit) in this sector. The course provides basic to complex conversion economics and financial concepts as well as business tools for non-financial trained students. At the end of the course, students will be capable of analyzing and screening opportunities for profit while promoting the adoption of bio-based products and thus meet the growing demand for sustainable goods. Case studies will be used to discuss successful business models/propositions.
Professor: Gonzalez, Ronalds
Semester: Fall
Category: Business
Units: 3

FB 595-604 Pulp & Paper Technology

Description: This course provides a broad overview of processes, materials, and the manufacture of products within the pulp and paper industry. The course covers the entire pulping and papermaking process, including statistics and trends of the industry, raw materials, pulp mill and paper mill operations, recycling, paper properties, coating, and environmental topics. The course is particularly recommended for those who are either relatively new to the industry or newly assigned to different areas of responsibility in pulping and papermaking.
Professor: Hubbe, Martin
Semester: Fall
Category: Engineering
Units: 3

FB 595-TBD Advanced Pulp Manufacturing

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Professor: Jameel, Hasaan
Semester: Fall
Category: Engineering
Units: 3

FB 595-TBD Biomass Conversion

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Professor: Park, Sunkyu
Semester: TBA
Category: Engineering
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FB 595-TBD Biopolymers for Additive Manufacturing

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Professor: Saloni, Daniel
Semester: Fall
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 595-TBD Capital Investment Strategy, Development and Management

Description: The paper industry is one of the most capital intensive of all major manufacturing industries. Project Managers can be responsible for millions of dollars of corporate funds for small, medium and large projects, with the expectation of delivering results on-time, on-budget, meeting startup and technical performance goals.The class will provide numerous examples of well-proven processes for selecting, developing, funding and executing capital investments.  Students will be able to understand the critical role that capital investments play towards maintenance of production facilities, improving performance as well as executing strategy. Students will understand the multi-level project development process that companies employ to screen project proposals and guide the best projects to the approval stage. We will also teach students how to avoid the many types of issues that inevitably appear in projects.
Professor: Phillips, Richard; Gonzalez, Ronalds
Semester: Spring
Category: Business
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FB 595-TBD Chemical Principles for the Papermaking Process Engineer

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Professor: Byrd, Med
Semester: Fall
Category: Engineering
Units: 3

FB 595-TBD Green Chemistry

Description: Introduction to the topic of green chemistry as an emerging field; Identification of hazards and classes; overview of sources; alternative solvents and reagents; sustainability of chemical reactions; alternative chemical reactions and pathways; alternative feedstocks; enzymatic catalysis; ionic liquids; re-engineering of chemical processes; chemical synthesis.
Professor: Lucia, Lucian
Semester: Fall
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 595-TBD Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement

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Professor: Pal, Lokendra
Semester: Fall
Category: Business
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FB 595-TBD Polymer Science and Bio-Based Cellulosic Materials

Description: The course will introduce fundamental concepts of polymer science including molecular weight, polymer structure-property relationships, crystallinity and thermal transitions, mixing behavior and solution properties. The course will also introduce the common analytical tools used to measure these properties. Industry processes used to make common cellulose derivatives, e.g., esters and ethers, will be described, and then the knowledge of structure property relationships will be used to explain the performance properties of different cellulose based polymers.
Professor: Kelley, Steve
Semester: Spring
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 595-TBD Process Modeling Pulp Mill Operations

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Professor: Park, Sunkyu
Semester: Fall
Category: Engineering
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FB 595-TBD Recycling Technology

Description: Topics in this course include Recovered Paper Grades and Pulping of Recovered paper. Paper Recycling, which covers: Screening, Cleaning, Washing Deinking, Flotation Deinking, Dispersion and Kneading, and Bleaching. Also, Water Clarification, Strength and Refining of Recycled Pulps, and System Design for Paper Recycling.
Professor: Venditti, Richard
Semester: Fall
Category: Engineering
Units: 1

FB 625 Advanced Wood and Paper Science

Description: Selected problems in the field of wood and paper science. Credits Arranged
Professor: Hubbe, Martin; Pawlak, Joel
Semester: Fall and Spring
Category: Science
Units: 3

FB 723 Forest Biomaterials Chemistry

Description: Chemical reactivity, structure and functional background of forest-derived polymers relative to paper science and biomaterials/bioenergy are covered. An understanding for the relationships between a material’s structure and its properties will be developed with respect to applications. Course includes a basics of polymers, biomacromolecules [carbohydrates and lignin], pulping and bleaching chemistry, new technologies and environmental issues.
Professor: Argyropoulos, Dimitris
Semester: Spring Only Offered Alternate Odd Years
Category: Science
Units: 3