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trendspotting | RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Paper Schools: Forging the Future Leaders at nine US universities weigh in on partnerships, innovation, and current research. COMPILED BY JON KERR, EDITED BY JAN BOTTIGLIERI James Bond wouldn't be James Bond without his cool gadgets-the cuttingedge tools that keep the bad guys guessing. Of course, the movies never show us how Q develops those amazing technologies. Our guess is that Q has graduate students. Lots and lots of graduate students. At "pulp and paper schools" all over the world, expert instructors are leading teams of student researchers to develop and define the future of the forest products industries- constantly pushing the limits of what we can do with our current technologies while working to unlock new potential in forest raw materials. In the US, most of these schools are supported by foundations that serve as a linking point between industry and academia. Strong partnerships are a key factor in guiding research and implementing results. "We have been successful in industrial partnerships by being flexible and interacting with the companies in the way that they are most comfortable," says Dr. Gary M. Scott, professor and chair, Paper and Bioprocess Engineering at SUNY-ESF. "Our pilot plant continues to be a resource for companies that need to do pilot and scale-up work. Organizations such as the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation (SPPF) and the Empire State Paper Research Institute (ESPRI) continue to foster interaction with industry." Other models of successful partnerships between academia and industry include consulting projects, seminars and short courses, suggests Dr. Douglas W. Coffin, professor, Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering at Miami University. "The ideal situation would be a consortium of companies contributing for a project that is aimed at improving our knowledge base of pre-competitive fundamentals of the performance of paper and paper products," he says. 24 Jon Kerr, recently retired from his post as executive director of the Paper Science and Engineering Foundation at Miami University, demonstrates the school's pilot paper machine for Valerie Hodge, wife of recently retired university president David Hodge. Research always involves an element of risk, as resources are directed toward an outcome that is, by definition, unproven. "The particular risk in the academic pulp and paper environment arises from the tension between the industry's need for solutions to immediate technical problems and the academic standards for excellence in fundamental research," notes Dr. Zhihua Jiang, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering. "The academic response is to apply advanced scientific principles to longstanding industry problems. While this satisfies peer expectations, this approach fails to respond to industry urgency, so serious industry support is not sustained. The beginning of an answer to this conundrum lies in a mutual recognition of its existence, Paper360º SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 followed by the implementation of an actionable plan to form strategic partnerships to produce results." One problem is that ideas far outweigh funding resources. According to Dr. Stephen Kelley, professor and head of the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University, current methods used to connect ideas with research dollars are highly ineffective; only about 10 percent of research proposals are accepted, thus researchers spend a lot of time pursuing funding they never receive. Kelley suggests a technology transfer model focused less on detailed proposals and more on presenting problem-solving aspects of innovative projects.  "This addresses two issues: first, academic effort is now spent in generation of ideas and creation of innovative solutions to problems rather than generating proposals that are www.tappi.org http://www.tappi.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - September/October 2016

Setpoint
Over the Wire
Agenda 2020 Launches ‘Roadmaps’ to Efficiency, Sustainability, and New Product Goals
RBI: Transforming to Meet the Industry’s Research Needs
Paper Schools: Forging the Future
PPI Top 100
RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year
Automation Upgrade Helps Sappi Gratkorn Perform
Innovative Direct Drive in a Turnkey-rebuilt Project
Klingele Papierwerke Saves Money, ‘Foils’ Stickies
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Life Cycle of the US Paper Industry
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Agenda 2020 Launches ‘Roadmaps’ to Efficiency, Sustainability, and New Product Goals
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - RBI: Transforming to Meet the Industry’s Research Needs
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Paper Schools: Forging the Future
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Automation Upgrade Helps Sappi Gratkorn Perform
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Innovative Direct Drive in a Turnkey-rebuilt Project
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Klingele Papierwerke Saves Money, ‘Foils’ Stickies
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
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