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The 2017 trip destination is . . . . China!


2017 Goal = $65,000

Progress to date: $53,800

Thank You!


BioResources Journal (Drs. Hubbe and Lucia)
College of Natural Resources, Dean’s Office
Dept. of Forest Biomaterials, Dept Head
International Paper
Rayonier Advanced Materials

Ernie Alexander
Geoffrey Bogner
Daniel Boren
Patrich Buenaventura
James Buzzard
Dr. Hou-Min Chang
Brent Collins
Scott Conrad
Gus Cottros
Jesse Daystar
Wes Decker
Daniel Dudley
Adam Elhammoumi
Mary Elliston
Jason Frizzell
Lara Fuenmayor
Kristin Grant
Rick & Lori Hall
Reagan Howard
Robert Kaminskas
Austin Leonard
Ashley Massey
Joe McDonald
Lauren Moody
Todd Moore
Katharine Payne
Dr. Richard Phillips
Metts Potter
Richard Pridgen
Carter Rechtin
Ashely Quick Rusnak
Jordan Jernigan Russell
Maurice Savage
Nicholas Savage
Ashley Schiffman
Jesse Swanner
Chuck Thames
Dr. Rich Venditti
Jacob Vrooman

The Paper International Experience (PIE) program allows students in PSE to develop as well-rounded professionals ready to make significant contributions to industry, their community, and their world.

On this biennial trip, students are immersed for 10 days in a different culture. During the most recent trip to Finland, students were able to see, up close, three amazing pulp and paper manufacturing operations, two research centers and three supplier facilities (fabrics, automation and pilot machines). They interacted with students at three universities with paper and biomaterials related degree programs.

Participants become more aware of the global community, and experience things they never have before. They understand their own pulp and paper industry better, in the context of the global market. They are better thinkers…better learners….and (we think) better engineers for having done this.

And that is EXACTLY the goal of the Paper International Experience!

PIE 2017: China

PIE 2015: Finland

PIE 2013: China

PIE 2011: Brazil

PIE 2009: Chile

PIE 2007: China

2013 Sponsors

Corporate Donors

  • PCA
  • MeadWestvaco
  • TAPPI National
  • International Paper
  • Domtar
  • College of Engineering
  • Sonoco
  • Rayonier
  • Va-Carolina Local TAPPI Section
  • Andritz

Individual Donors

  • Dean Larry Tombaugh
  • Drs Lucia and Hubbe (BioResources Journal)
  • Dr. Phillips
  • Dr. Dimitris S. Argyropoulos
  • Brent & Lesa Collins
  • Lou Boos
  • Dr. Heitmann
  • Dr. Chang
  • Dean Watzin
  • Susan Short
  • Sam Fipps
  • Patrich Buenaventura
  • Joseph Rawls
  • Dr Hubbe
  • David Albrecht
  • CA McDonald
  • Tabatha Blalock Penny
  • Robert Kaminskas
  • Sam Lipes
  • Jordan Jernigan
  • Maria Luna
  • Doug Kaminskas
  • Kristin Grant
  • Zhoujian Hu
  • Laura Landau
  • Jamie Pye
  • Douglas Mehlenbacher
  • Danny Martin
  • Dan and Kathleen Grismer
  • Shelly Jones Johnson
  • Kelly Fitzwater
  • Carrie Hawes
  • Amber Bowen
  • Karen Ciccone
  • Justin Farmer