Who we are


To provide the pulp, paper and bioresource industries with outstanding, dedicated graduates in Bioresource Science and Engineering from the UW who have breadth and depth of knowledge, make immediate contributions, are future leaders and are grounded in the principles of teamwork, sustainability, stewardship and economic vitality.

The Washington Pulp & Paper Foundation (WPPF) is a dynamic organization of member companies committed to supporting the Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) program at the University of Washington since 1968. For over 50 years, our goal has been to attract and support exceptional BSE students as an investment in the future. We provide the industry and its partners with highly qualified graduates who understand and are dedicated to the pulp and paper industry. WPPF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Read our FY2021 Annual Report for a summary of our work and initiatives from the past year:

BSE Degree

In 1965, the Pulp and Paper Technology degree was established in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington. Today, this degree program continues as the Bioresource Science & Engineering (BSE) major within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The program developed with increased industry activity to investigate the transformation of bioresources into alternative products, including fuel, chemicals, and traditional pulp and paper end uses.

BSE graduates “hit the ground running” and have an exceptional record of commitment and contribution to their employers. Of the more than 600 students who have graduated from the program, more than 400 have chosen careers in the pulp, paper and allied industries.

BSE is a fully accredited, rigorous engineering degree program. Accreditation is through ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). As an engineering program, its curriculum is similar to other engineering degree programs at the University of Washington, especially Chemical Engineering.

Testimonials from Former BSE Students