Paper Days

“The UMPPF provides us access to students/graduates who have a solid education, who know about our industry, and who have work experience in mills or with vendors who support our operations.”

-Dale Wibberly, Human Resource Manager Sappi North America  

Where industry connections are made.

Our annual Paper Days event brings students, donors, pulp and paper industry leaders and employers, UMaine faculty and Foundation staff together for two days of networking and special events.

This extraordinary event kicks off with a panel breakfast, followed by guest speakers, entertainment, industry panel discussion and keynote. The two-day event concludes with social hour and banquet dinner attended by all.

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Paper Days 2025

Date: April 1-2, 2025

Location: Wells Conference Center, UMaine – Orono Campus

Paper Days Archives

    2024 Paper Days

    Date: April 2-3, 2024

    Location: Wells Conference Center, UMaine – Orono Campus

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ben Patel, Chief Innovation and Science Officer, WestRock

    Paper Days 2024 Agenda

    Tuesday, April 2 – Engineering Building Tours and Tailgate Kick-off Event

    Guests who would like a tour of the Process Development Center (PDC) in Jenness Hall, the Advanced Structures & Composite Center (ASCC) or the new Ferland Engineering Education & Design Center (EEDC) on April 2nd should register early (by 3/20/24) to select preferred tour start times.  The ASCC requires background checks and tours for that facility cannot be scheduled after that date. Tour group size is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Wednesday, April 3 – Full Day Program at Wells Conference Center

    Breakfast and Student Panel Discussion, NEW THIS YEAR: Morning Breakout Sessions hosted by NE TAPPI/PIMA, Guest Speakers, Luncheon, Research Presentations, Annual Meeting, Social Hour and Banquet Dinner.  Please see Paper Days 2024 Agenda for more details.

    2023 Paper Days

    Date: April 4-5, 2023

    Keynote Speaker: Laurence Mott – Executive V.P. for Development & Technology, Tetra Pak 

    Another year of Paper Days fun continued at the Wells Conference Center. In addition to tours of the Process Development Center (PDC) and the new Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center (EEDC), attendees heard from industry leaders like Kevin Gunning, Sr. Vice President – Innovation North America, Huhtamaki.

    Paper Days 2023 Agenda

    2022 Paper Days

    Date: April 5-6, 2022

    Keynote Speaker:  Heather Dubois, VP and General Manager, Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company

    UMPPF’s 72nd annual Paper Days event was themed SUCCESSion Planning – Onward and Upward. We heard from many amazing panelists and speakers, including Wade Merritt, MITC President and State Director of International Trade, and Dana A. Humphrey, Dean of Engineering, Saunders Professor of Engineering Leadership and Management, University of Maine.

    Paper Days 2022 Agenda

    2021 Paper Days

    Date: April 6-7, 2021

    Keynote Speaker:  Mark Kowlzan, Chair & CEO, Packaging Corporation of America

    UMPPF hosted a virtual Paper Days in 2021, which included streamed presentations, Zoom social hours, and more. Sustainability – Preserving Talent and Resources was the theme of this event. We heard from industry leaders like Joe Clark, Global Sales Manager at Forest2Market, Inc. 

    Paper Days 2021 Agenda

    April 6 Presentations

    April 7 Presentations

    UMaine Pulp + Paper Foundation


    5737 Jenness Hall, Orono, Maine 04469

    217 Jenness Hall, Orono, Maine 04469