Established in 1985, the original purpose of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering (AC-PABE) was to facilitate, and conduct programs of research and education for the benefits of the pulp and paper industry. A few years later, in 1988, the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation (APPF, website link) was formed for the purpose of proving advice and support from the industry to Auburn University and AC-PABE. Financial support in the form of scholarships for highly qualified engineering students was the major focus of foundation funding.  AC-PABE and APPF have since worked well together to reach our current position of excellence.


The current goals of AC-PABE are to:  1) continue to provide a highly skilled training program for future engineers; 2) develop a nationally and internationally recognized scholarly R&D program for the realization of the highest possible sustained value from our national’s forest-based biomass, and 3) deliver excellent technical service to the paper industry.  Our successes is measured in terms of the amount and quality of our graduates, the contributions of our alumni to the welfare of their companies and the industry, the participation of the industry in our program and the APPF, our research results and the significance of the resulting technologies transferred to the industry.


-Dr. Zhihua Jiang, Directory of AC-PABE