Paper Science and Engineering Program

Students may opt for a minor concentration in Paper Science and Engineering (PSE).  Course requirements are detailed below. Students may seek a PSE minor with or without RBI fellowship funding. 

Students completing the PSE minor must file the appropriate declaration routing form with the home school as well as the RBI executive director’s office prior to graduation.

All students funded on an RBI Fellowship must complete 12 credits of PSE coursework. Please see further details below.  These 12 credits constitute a PSE minor.

PSE Core courses (each course is 3 credit hours)

Required of students in all home schools

ChBE/ME  6741           Pulp and Paper Manufacture  (Fall only)          
ChBE/ME 8803            Emerging Technologies in Forest Bioproducts. (Every Spring)

Two courses from the following list

ME 6281: Mechanics of Paper Forming and Coating. (Every Fall/Even Years)
ME  6601: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics  (Every Fall)
MSE 6603: Natural Polymers
MSE 6406: Corrosion of Materials
ChBE/CHEM/MSE 6752: Polymer Characterization  (Unavailable)
CHEM/ChBE 6760: Biocatalysis​  (Fall 2021)
ChBE/ME/MSE 6768: Polymer Structure, Physical Properties and Characterization  (Unavailable)
ME 7301: Transport Phenomena in Multiphase Flow. (Every Fall)
ChBE 6743: Fundamentals and Challenges for a Sustainable Chemical Enterprise  (Spring 2022)
ChBE 8803: Colloids and Surfaces. (TBA fall 2022 or spring 2023)
CHEM 8853/ChBE 8803: Biorenewable and Sustainable Chemistry/Renewable Biochemistry  (Every other Spring semester)
MSE/CHEM 6750: Preparation and Reactions of Polymers. (Every Spring)

In choosing courses to complete the minor, students are encouraged to consider the Institute’s guidance on minors, contained in the Georgia Tech Catalog:

“In addition to an adequate knowledge of the major field of intended research, the student must demonstrate mastery of another smaller body of knowledge—the minor field—preferably outside the student's school. The purpose of the minor is to encourage a wider interest on the part of the student and to provide a broader basis for the evaluation of the student's capabilities.”

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Carson Meredith
Executive Director, RBI
Professor and J. Carl Pirkle Sr. Faculty Fellow
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