The 2017 TAPPI Student Summit held in Cincinnati, Ohio, was a record-breaking year for student attendance, with 49 paper engineering students and two staff members participating. Students attended panel discussions, had opportunities to network with industry professionals, and competed in the annual engineering competition. This year’s competition involved building a rollercoaster out of paper and Popsicle sticks and then competing on how long it took for a marble to complete the track.
The theme of this year’s summit was “Multiple paths, one goal,” and offered dual tracks for upper and lower classmen. The students enjoyed a keynote presentation by Tony Curtis, CEO of tissue paper manufacturer, Sofidel, and were given time to network in a number of ways including an etiquette dinner, a visit to an aquarium, and exploring the city of Cincinnati.
Sophomore Andrew McCabe the trip provided valuable networking opportunities. “It’s clear the companies and employees who hosted us made it a priority to share their knowledge,” he said. “The trip connected us to industry professionals but also provided an avenue to connect and bond with fellow paper engineering students.”
The eventful weekend concluded with tours at several locations around Cincinnati including Novolex, Caraustar, DuBois Chemical, SCA, and Graphic Packaging International.