STEMM Idol Speaker Jennifer Pennington

A job in paper is waiting for you!

Did you know that students today are pursuing highly sought-after degrees in — of all things — paper, and securing good-paying jobs as a result? It’s true, and people are doing it all right here locally in Ohio!

Take it from someone who has been there and done just that this Tuesday, Nov. 25. STEMM Idol Speaker Jennifer Pennington visits CJ to discuss opportunities in the paper business during all homeroom periods in the library.

Ms. Pennington works as a paper scientist for the Eastman Kodak Company, located off Research Boulevard in Dayton. “I work with paper companies worldwide to develop new papers for high speed inkjet printing,” she said.

Paper science and engineering is offered as a course of study at a small number of U.S. colleges and universities, including Miami University where Ms. Pennington earned her bachelor’s degree before later pursuing her MBA at the University of Dayton. She currently serves as Miami’s Alumni Council President for the school’s Paper Science and Engineering (PS&E) Foundation.

What makes the paper business so great? For starters, Miami’s program places 100 percent of its graduates in a job. Here are a few other things to consider:

  • Paper engineers and scientists are never bored because the industry is constantly changing and evolving.
  • College scholarships and jobs are plentiful for those who work hard.
  • Paper engineers and scientists make paper, figuratively and literally.The average starting salary in 2013 for Miami grads was $66,000 according to USA Today.
  • Believe it or not, the paper industry is eco-friendly. Paper makes use of renewable, recyclable and sustainable resources. For every one tree cut down, three are planted.