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Endowed Professor Program

As our partner, we are asking you to invest in the Paper Technology Foundation and WMU to develop the required entry engineering talent for the industry.

Partnership Video

Video of Proof 3 Endowed Professor

"Our partnership with the Western Michigan University Paper Technology Foundation has been a key part of our success in connecting with high-caliber, hands-on engineering students. We know that our WMU co-ops, interns, and engineers will bring the talent and initiative we need for our Ahlstrom-Munksjo plants."—Ahlstrom-Munksjo

PTF has the benefit of:

  • Being one of four ABET-accredited paper engineering programs in North America.
  • $80 million dollar Engineering campus
  • $28 million recycling, papermaking, coating pilot facilities
  • 1 and only university in North America with pilot operations in coating, papermaking, and recycling.
  • A WMU campus-wide career services and University Advancement corporate relations teams.

Value Statement

The Raymond L. Janes Endowed Professorship sets the Paper Engineering program at WMU apart from our peers. The combination of a dedicated university instructional position with paper industry experience creates the ultimate educator who can teach both the “why” and the “how” of paper engineering. The ability of an instructor to have 100% of their time be dedicated to instruction, without the need for research funding, will benefit our students. Please join with the Paper Technology Foundation in this final part of this campaign!

Partnership Benefits

  • Dedicated Paper Engineering Instructor.
  • Ability to focus 100% of their time on instruction.
  • Capstone event to secure Paper Engineering’s program at Western Michigan University.
  • The ability to have an instructor with relevant industry experience will enhance our student’s education.

Industry Workforce

  • Industry growth and development require critical assets: degreed paper engineering skills.
  • Paper schools generate 60–70 graduates per year.
  • Industry demand for talent exceeds supply.
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    $1.5 million committed

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    Dozen of companies

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    $1 million current need

  • $2.5 million goal