The program is one of 10 engineering programs at UW to be awarded the accreditation for the next six years, and is one of six of these programs in which no deficiencies, weaknesses or concerns were found. The relationship between BSE and the Washington Pulp & Paper Foundation (WPPF) is a key strength of the degree program.
The accreditation award noted, “the program has close ties to the Washington Pulp & Paper Foundation. This relationship has led to scholarships for students, connections with member industrial partners, and active participation by Foundation members in the department’s evaluation process. The many opportunities that the students have to interact with practicing engineers give them valuable insight into the engineering profession, provide internship positions, and enhance their overall undergraduate experience.”
The BSE degree is for students seeking training in chemical and physical sciences and chemical engineering as applied to manufacturing fiber products, fuels and chemicals from biomass resources. It emphasizes the application of mathematics, chemistry and engineering to paper and bioresources-based industries.