TAPPI at Georgia Tech


About Us: The Georgia Tech TAPPI Student Chapter has grown from its roots in the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin.  The institute's move to Atlanta and subsequent incorporation into Georgia Tech has provided many opportunities for our student chapter to integrate into the vibrant pulp and paper industry in the Southeastern United States.

Our Vision: Georgia Tech TAPPI will be the top talent pool for the forest products, pulp, paper, packaging and related industries.

Our Mission Statement: Georgia Tech TAPPI connects Georgia Tech scientists and engineers to the forest products, pulp, paper, packaging, and related industries by delivering growth opportunities and professional network to the students and proven talent to the industry.

By the Numbers: 

  • 87 members in 2017
  • 14 – Filled Leadership Positions
  • 55 – Average number of people that have attended our last five events
  • 1.5 – Average number of events each month

What we do: Ultimately, we are all about our people!

Visit the national TAPPI website: Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)   

Participating academic units:

Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
School of Materials Science and Engineering
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry


TAPPI Pillars at Georgia Tech

  • Network
  • Social
  • Talent
  • Research

Chapter Leadership-2023-2024


President: Erin Philips
Vice President: Danae Chipoco Haro
Secretary: Preksha Vichare
Treasurer: David Witdorchi

Faculty Advisor:

Christopher Luettgen, Ph.D.

group pic

Present and Past Chapter Members with Faculty

News and Events from 2023-2024 TAPPI Student Chapter

Georgia Tech Students with Chris Luettgen, RBI

TAPPI Student Summit

TAPPI Student Summit is a 3-day program designed for students to interact with pulp, paper, packaging, and other relevant industrial and academic leaders. The event mainly had employment opportunities, seminars, and fun interactive activities for students.

Georgia Tech Students with Chris Luettgen, RBI

Tree Sales by ‘Trees Atlanta’

TAPPI student chapter participated as volunteers for Trees Atlanta 2023. It was a sale for native, hard-to-find trees to raise money for their program. Activities included set up, plant organization, customer assistance, and clean up. Trees Atlanta helps take care of Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating.

Past TAPPI Student Chapter Photos

Picture of Aaron's team

Aaron's Awesome Team