Directory of North American Schools
Offering baccalaureate and graduate programs of study in wood science and technology
For further information concerning the programs of study, research activities, requirements for admission or other aspects of the programs listed in this directory, please write directly to the program of interest using the addresses provided in this directory, or telephone or FAX the appropriate contact person(s) listed under the program of interest.
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Status of Accreditation of Wood Science and Technology Programs
At the time this information was prepared, the following schools had successfully completed accreditation review by the SWST: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg; Univ. of Maine, Orono; Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul; Mississippi State Univ., Miss. State, MS; West Virginia Univ., Morgantown; Oregon State Univ., Corvallis; Pennsylvania State Univ., Univ. Park; State University of New York (SUNY), Syracuse; Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Requests for current and/or more comprehensive information regarding accreditation of Wood Science and Technology programs can be addressed to the Society of Wood Science and Technology.
Current information regarding the accreditation of programs of study is typically found within the general catalogs and/or other informational materials for most universities. Prospective students may therefore expect that information regarding accreditation of various programs within a university will normally be incorporated somewhere within the standard packages of information that are mailed to prospective students upon their request for information regarding a program of study.
For Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD): Where universities have their own collection of electronic theses and dissertations, that link is included below. In addition, the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. Access NDLTD to browse or search through several ETD collections, typically across multiple institutions simultaneously.
Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn, Alabama 36849-5418
Undergraduate: The program in Wood Science and Technology at Auburn University is administered through the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Undergraduate courses in Forest Products are incorporated within two of nine undergraduate "Emphases". These are the Forest Operations and the Products Emphases. Certain courses are required in each Emphasis, others are selected by the student from a list of optional choices.
Graduate: The graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with specialties in wood composite structures, wood and wood composites processing, wood mechanics, wood physics, and forest products production management.
Details about both undergraduate and graduate programs in Wood Science and Technology at Auburn are available in the School's comprehensive web site (see below).
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://graduate.auburn.edu/auetd/
Dr. Greg Somers, Associate Dean for Education Program
Phone: (334) 844-1006
FAX: (334) 844-1084
College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences
261 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0331
Forest Products program is administered by the Department of Forest Resources. A minor is offered in Forest Products for undergraduate students, along with graduate programs that lead to M.S., M.F., and Ph.D.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.clemson.edu/library/reference/where/dissertheses.html
Dr. Andy Lee
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
Undergraduate: The Department of Forestry offers a bachelor's degree in forestry with an option in forest products. The program is fully accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Graduates of the forest products option understand the anatomical, physical, and chemical properties of wood and know wood processing operations involved in drying, machining, gluing, and chemical treatment of wood. They are skilled at applying their knowledge in the development of products and processes. They are able to provide scientific and technical problem-solving decisions for customers of wood products. Within the forest products option, students may choose from a broad array of elective courses to develop a minor or area of concentration. Typically, students opt for coursework in business or industrial engineering. Many of our undergraduate students are employed on campus, doing work that contributes to our research program in wood products. In addition, abundant opportunities are available for summer internships with industry. Often, these valuable experiences lead to permanent job offers. Iowa State graduates generally find technical employment in the wood composites industry in the Upper Midwest and Southeast. However, students find placement throughout the U.S. and in positions ranging from sales and marketing to research and development. Students who concentrate in science and engineering electives are well prepared for advanced study in wood science.
Graduate: Iowa State University has offered a professional forestry curriculum since 1904. Graduate-level scientific study has always been an important aspect of the program. The current programs are closely coordinated with intensive and expanding research programs in selected areas including wood science and technology. The department offers a M.S. degree in Wood Science and Ph.D. in Forest Biology/Wood Science. Wood Science graduates with a Master's degree usually obtain employment with industry in product and process development, production control, engineering, marketing, and personnel management. Graduates with a Ph.D. obtain employment in research with large wood products firms and government and in teaching and research with universities. Because the graduate program at Iowa State University stresses fundamentals, graduates have broad opportunities for employment.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/thesis/homepage.html
Dr. Monlin Kuo
Dr. J. Michael Kelly
Forest Products and Marketing Specialization
Faculty of Natural Resources Management
955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ONT
P7B 5E1, CANADA
Undergraduate: HBScF with a specialization in Forest Products and Marketing. The program is designed to produce graduates capable of working/managing in wood manufacturing facilities as well as conducting wood property testing and evaluation of properties. A thorough understanding of wood, wood properties and how these are used in product development is covered. Marketing of wood resources and products is also covered from a national and international perspective. Students are exposed to and utilize state-of-the-art wood testing facilities. Students are also exposed to and conduct studies on portable milling and small-scale wood operations for the purpose of value-adding studies and potential business opportunities. Students complete a research based thesis in their final year.
Graduate: Graduate degrees offered are MScF and PhD, with a new 18 month course based Masters program in the works (looking to accept students in September of 2016). Projects in the Forest Products and Marketing area include wood property testing, wood quality, landscape mapping of properties, bioenergy, composites, solid wood, wood/composite/engineered product thermal modification, marketing and economics, portable milling, First Nations studies on wood resources-manufacturing opportunities-housing-value/adding, forest management for improving wood properties, undervalued species utilization.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://library.lakeheadu.ca
Dr. Chander Shahi (HBScF)
Phone: (807) 343-8114; email@example.com
Dr. Mathew Leitch or Chander Shahi (Forest Products & Marketing)
Phone: (807) 343-8659; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brian McLaren (MScF)
Phone: (807) 343-8686; email@example.com
Dr. Reino Pulkki (PhD)
Phone: (807) 343-8564; firstname.lastname@example.org
FAX: (807) 343-8116
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
Undergraduate: The School of Renewable Natural Resources offers undergraduate and graduate education to students who wish to discover the natural world and ways to improve the management and conservation of wildlife, fisheries, wetlands, forests, and other renewable resources, protect biodiversity, and promote conservation of diverse ecosystems. One undergraduate curriculum with a several concentrations is available that provides students with professional education in natural resource ecology and management.
The curriculum in natural resource ecology and management consists of a set of core courses taken by all students in the School to assure the broad understanding of natural resource ecology, sustainability, policy, and management. The natural resource ecology and management curriculum has an additional set of required courses specific to concentrations within the curriculum. There is considerable flexibility within the degree program because areas of concentration target professional specialties, yet allow individual flexibility in course selection. Emphasis on hands-on problem-based learning, critical thinking, communication skills, and multidisciplinary team activities put students in "real-world" situations with current and anticipated problems that will better prepare students for successful careers.
This degree program teaches students about the ecology and natural history of plant and animal populations and communities, specifically wildlife, wild and propagated fish (aquaculture), forests, watersheds, and wetlands, to enable enhanced management and conservation of biotic resources based on the latest developments in research and management practices. Students receive broad-based training in identification, natural history, population ecology, conservation biology, and policy and regulatory issues that will affect living natural resources. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers as professionals in a broad range of natural resource management disciplines. Students in natural resource ecology and management tailor their coursework to their career goals by choosing one of the nine areas of concentration: conservation biology, ecological restoration, fisheries and aquaculture, forest resource management, forest enterprise, wetland science, wildlife ecology, wildlife habitat conservation and management, and pre-veterinary wildlife.
Enterprise Area of Concentration
The forest enterprise area of concentration provides skills and theory to students planning to work in forestry consulting/engineering firms and the timber and wood products industry. Considerable forestry and timber production currently occurs on private lands and involves contracting among various harvesting, processing, and land management entities. Additionally, non-timber revenues, including wildlife leases and mitigative credits and incentive programs, require different experiences of students than traditional management. Knowledge of legal precedents, business planning, contracting, and ethical best management practices is in demand among environmental consulting/engineering firms and the timber and wood products industry.
Forest Resources Management Area of Concentration
The area of concentration in forest resources management is intended for students primarily interested in managing forests as a sustainable natural resource. It is designed to provide students with an appreciation of numerous aspects of forest resource management including timber and non-timber resources and prepare them for employment with public and private entities in forest resource management. Course work follows guidelines for professional certification by the Society of American Foresters upon graduation.
Development/disturbance mitigation is on the rise as is the desire to restore systems disturbed and disrupted by anthropogenic and natural causes. The Ecological Restoration Area of Concentration (ER AOC) provides the foundation for students planning a career in environmental and ecological consulting, ecological restoration, or remediation work. Knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy, geographic information systems, and wetlands delineation are currently in demand by environmental consulting/engineering firms.
Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Area of Concentration
The Natural Resource Ecology and Management concentration in wildlife habitat conservation and management is designed for students interested in conserving, managing, and restoring habitats to promote fish, wildlife, and animal biodiversity. Students will receive additional exposure into the theories and practice of forest land and wetland classification, manipulation, and conservation strategies than other areas of concentration in natural resources ecology and management. Students also will have the opportunity to take off-campus courses at Lee Memorial Forest and the Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) through this area of concentration. Students from this area of concentration may anticipate employment with state or federal agencies that regulate and/or directly manage land and land uses, governmental agencies involved in restoration, private environmental consulting firms that provide technical assistance to landowners, and non-governmental organizations that manage lands or provide technical assistance to public and private landowners. Many students in this area of concentration will pursue advanced degrees prior to employment.
Graduate:Graduate programs (M.S., Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources) emphasize research in several fields including Forest Products Marketing, Wood Composites and Adhesives, Wood Physics, Wood Quality, Wood Preservation, Wood Chemistry, International Trade, Timber Harvesting, and Safety. The Forest Products Program is administered as part of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center (www.rnr.lsu.edu/lfpdc).
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://etd.lsu.edu/
Dr. Mike Kaller
Phone: (225) 578-0012
Dr. Bill Kelso
Phone: (225) 578-4176
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1222
Graduate: The department has no formal program of study in Wood Science but does have a significant research program in the area, in which graduate students are involved at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. (M.S., Ph.D.).
Dr. Otto Suchsland for information
Phone: (517) 355-7562
FAX: (517) 432-1143
Forestry and Wood Products
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295
Faculty teaching in the Wood Science degree program, School of Forestry and Wood Products, have experience in the following research areas: Performance-driven wood composites; biotechnology; preservation of wood-based products; thermoplastic/wood fiber composites; environmental studies and bioengineering. Degrees are offered at the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. level.
Dr. Glenn Mroz
Phone: (906) 487-2454
FAX: (906) 487-2915
Mississippi State University
P.O. Box 9820
Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762-9820
Undergraduate: MSU is currently seeking SWST accreditation for a forest products option in the forestry department. This option will provide an integrated educational program between forest resource management and forest products; a combination that is inextricably linked. The SWST-accredited Undergraduate Program includes six options, all of which are multi-disciplinary: Wood Industries Management and Wood Materials Science. The Wood Industries Management option is designed to provide Forest Products students with the background to pursue careers in the forest products and allied industries. Four additional options are available including Forest Products Marketing, Industrial Environmental Operations, Building Supply Operations, and Forest Products Technology. Students pursuing these options can obtain a minor or certificate in various other disciplines (Management, General Business Administration, Marketing, or other business fields, Environmental Science, Industrial Technology). All options provide a knowledge of the basic sciences, business, and wood science, and provides extensive training in the major wood processing operations. A double degree program with the College of Business & Industry is also available. The Wood Materials Science option provides Forest Products students with the background to pursue careers in research and product development or to continue their education at the graduate level. The curriculum provides a knowledge of the basic sciences, mathematics, and a strong background in wood and materials science. Judicious selection of electives allows the student to minor in other science fields such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, etc. As of 9/2006 the Forest Products Department suspended enrollment of new freshman into the major. Transfer students will be accepted through at least 1/2008.
Graduate: Graduate programs (M.S., Ph.D.) emphasize research in several fields including Business & Production Systems (systems simulation, computer applications, wood processing operations, marketing, management); Environmental Biotechnology (bioremediation, biofiltration, wood waste remediation); Wood Property Enhancement (wood preservation, preservatives, biodeterioration & durability, treatment mechanics, test methodology, wood properties, drying); Wood Chemistry (VOC emissions, secondary plant compounds, bio-active compounds), Composites (adhesives, processing technology, engineered systems, properties); Furniture Production (frame design, fasteners, alternative materials, rough mill operations, marketing, production economics).
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/
Dr. Rubin Shmulsky
Wood and Paper Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-8005
Undergraduate: The SWST-accredited Wood Products curriculum at NC State University offers a BS degree in Wood Products that emphasizes the uniqueness of the material wood. Graduates of this program have many diverse career path opportunities in the wood industry and are found in all phases of the industry in processing, production, management, and sales positions. The basic curriculum emphasizes the properties and processing of wood and also contains sufficient elective hours to enable students the opportunity to pursue options or minors in business management, forestry, or other academic fields of choice. The 20,000 square foot Hodges Wood Products Laboratory contains production-size wood processing equipment that is used by the students in the required hands-on Wood Products Practicum. A required summer work internship is also an integral part of the curriculum and enables the student to experience professional employment in the wood industry.
Graduate: The Department of Wood and Paper Science at NC State University offers Master of Wood and Paper Science (non-thesis), Master of Science, and Ph.D. degree programs. Close cooperation with various departments provides a wide variety of interdisciplinary research opportunities. Major research and extension programs include: wood tool design, performance, and wear; high-speed machining and process monitoring; wood-moisture relations and lumber drying; wood anatomy and identification; computer-aided analysis and design of wood structures; wood engineering and mechanics; wood processing and production of wood composites; lumber manufacture and quality control; rough mill improvement for value-added manufacturing; consumer education on proper wood use; and waste minimization and recycling.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/etd/
Dr. Perry Peralta Phone: (919)515-5731
Dr. Richard Venditti
Email - email@example.com
Wood Science & Engineering
Oregon State University
119 Richardson Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5751
Undergraduate: The Department is committed to the sustainable use of renewable materials and educates those interest in renewable cellulosic fibers including wood, bamboo and a host of other materials. The Department offers a BS degree in Renewable Materials with options in Marketing and Management, Science and Engineering and Art and Design. All students complete a core set of courses to learn about the anatomy, chemistry, physics and mechanical properties of renewable material, then broaden their knowledge in one of the options. The program is tailored to accommodate transfers from other majors or community college programs with minimal loss of credit. Students who complete our degrees have exceptional employment possibilities with very competitive salaries and opportunities for advancement.
Students in Marketing and Management focus on the business side of the field taking courses in marketing, accounting, and international business. Students complete a minor in Business Administration which can be extended to complete an MBA. Students in this option will tend towards marketing, management trainee and supervisory positions.
Students in Science and Engineering can chose a number of pathways including focuses on industrial or civil engineering as well as chemistry or biology. This option typically leads to either a career in the production side of the industry or opens the opportunity for further training through graduate school.
The Art and Design option was developed for those who seek to use renewable materials in interior applications. The program was designed to incorporate art and design into the use of wood renewable materials. Students complete a number of design studios as part of their education. Students who complete this degree will tend to move into interior design firms specializing in decorative use of renewable materials such as wood, bamboo, hemp or other lignocellulosics.
All students must complete 6 months of practical work experience in order to graduate; however, faculty assist in placement and the work experiences often lead to full time employment upon graduation. The Department and College offer attractive scholarship opportunities for qualified undergraduates who maintain a B average or better. The Department also has an excellent placement record for graduates with virtually full employment for those who seek it.
Graduate: Graduate programs are offered which lead to M.S. and Ph.D. in Wood Science. Minor programs in other disciplines are encouraged and concurrent dual degree programs in many disciplines are very popular. Graduate programs are flexible but research emphasis is in the following areas: physical or mechanical properties, chemistry, adhesives, composite materials and products, wood-moisture relations, timber engineering, green building/sustainable design, wood preservation/biodeterioration, materials science, or business/marketing. Most students are financially supported by graduate research assistantships. Graduate fellowships, which are supplemental annual awards ranging from $500 to $5000, are available on a competitive basis for qualified incoming and continuing graduate students.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/dspace/handle/1957/89
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
College of Agricultural Sciences / College of Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Undergraduate: The BioRenewable Systems program at the Pennsylvania State University is in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The undergraduate program offers a B.S. in two options: (1) BioProducts and (2) Agricultural Systems Management; the BioProducts option will seek SWST Accreditation. In the BioProducts option, students learn the science and business behind selecting, converting, and efficiently utilizing biobased resources. After graduation, students work in mill operations, management, technical service or sales in bioenergy, forest resources and wood products, or related industries, such as packaging, polymers and adhesives.
Graduate: Graduate degrees offered include M.S. and Ph.D. in BioRenewable Systems in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The graduate program integrates scientific research with the principles of systems technology, business, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Faculty research projects focus on sustainable and safe biologically-based materials, products (including fuels, chemicals, packaging, composites, and adhesives), and processes. Specific faculty research projects are listed on the ABE Department website (http://abe.psu.edu/). Scholarships are available for BRS undergraduate and graduate students.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://etda.libraries.psu.edu/
Dr. Paul Smith
Phone: (814) 865-8841
Dr. Nikki Robitaille Brown
Phone: (814) 865-9966
Forestry and Natural Resources
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1200
Undergraduate: Purdue offers a unique BS degree in Wood Products Manufacturing Technology. This curriculum in is a joint effort of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and the School of Technology. The curriculum is industry oriented, with emphasis on eastern hardwood tree species and application to the lumber and veneer industries in the Central Hardwood Region and the secondary wood products industries manufacturing wood furniture, cabinets, and architectural millwork.
Graduates in wood products manufacturing technology curriculum offer employers in the wood products industries an understanding of wood structure and properties combined with technical expertise in product development, production, and quality control. This combination of knowledge and skills places graduates favorably in the job market.
Engage in the challenge of a unique curriculum combining an understanding of wood structure properties, technical expertise in wood product development and processing and industrial technology. The curriculum provides knowledge of the basic sciences, mathematics, and a strong background in wood and materials science. A broad selection of electives allows the student to minor in other science fields. Modern equipment including a top of the line CNC router is available for instruction.
Graduate: Graduate programs (M.S., Ph.D.) include research in fields such as product and process engineering, wood quality, structural composites, furniture production (frame design, fasteners, alternative materials, rough mill operations). Well-equipped wood lab facilities, extensive computer capability, and joint projects with personnel in engineering and statistics provide broad educational perspectives.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/dissertations/
Dr. Rado Gazo
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4411
Graduate: Southern Illinois University offers a Master of Science degree in Wood Science and Technology. Areas of emphasis include wood quality (anatomy, growth-quality relationships) and forest products marketing. (Note: No undergraduate program is available in the area of Wood Science and Technology at this time.) (M.S.)
Dr. John Phelps
Phone: (618) 453-3341
FAX: (618) 453-7475
Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, New York 13210-2786
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management focuses on the management, material properties and utilization, and energy systems used in construction, with emphasis on the sustainable use of materials and energy. Students may select an emphasis area with concentration in wood products engineering. All students learn the fundamentals of building materials; wood, concrete, and steel. Instruction on wood includes wood anatomy, wood mechanical and physical properties, and wood-based composite materials.
Programs are available for both entering freshmen and transfer students. Articulation agreements exist with appropriate transfer schools. Practical industrial experience is available through internships and independent study courses. A wide variety of electives available through Syracuse University provide access to engineering, arts, humanities and communications courses. Environmental emphases in policy, biotechnology and ecology are taken at ESF.
Graduate:The graduate program offers Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees. Three options are available, Wood Science, Construction Management, and Sustainable Construction. Research and course offerings cover a broad range. Each graduate student has a specific program developed to meet the career objectives of the individual. Advisory committees are composed of specialists in the student's chosen area of research. The MPS degree is non-thesis, but requires a practicum where the student works with industry or science professionals on current problems, while the MS degree requires a thesis.
Departamento de Ingeniería en Maderas
Universidad del Bío-Bío
Avenida Collao 1202
Undergraduate: Undergraduate co-op program offers a B.Sc. in Wood Engineering with emphasis on wood science, wood processing, wood engineering and wood composites.
Graduate: Graduate program offered in wood science (M.Sc. (2-year) and Ph.D. (4-year)) with emphasis on wood science, process automation, nanotechnology, wood engineering and development of new utilizations. (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://repobib.ubiobio.cl/jspui/handle/123456789/14
Dr. Gerson Rojas
Dr. Cecilia Bustos
Wood and Forest Science
Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics
CANADA G1K 7P4
Undergraduate:Undergraduate co-op program offers a B.Sc. in Wood Engineering with emphasis on wood science, wood processing, wood engineering, wood composites, and bio refining.
Graduate: Graduate program offered in wood science (M.Sc. (2-year) and Ph.D. (3-year)) with emphasis on wood science, process automation, wood engineering, development of new utilizations and wood construction. (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.fes.ulaval.ca/sgc/mte
Dr. Alexander Salenikovich
Phone: (418) 656-5942
Dr. Pierre Blanchet
Phone: (418) 656-7954
FAX: (418) 656-5262
Faculty of Forestry
2900 - 2424 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
CANADA V6T 1Z4
Undergraduate: B.Sc. Wood Products Processing. Students can complete a Minor degree in Commerce. The program is designed to produce graduates capable of managing a wood manufacturing facility using state-of-the-art computer driven equipment. Students gain a thorough understanding of the material properties of wood, as well as computer, business, marketing and engineering concepts. Most students complete a Co-op degree in which paid work experience in industry is combined with the academic portion of the program.
Graduate: Graduate degrees offered are M.Sc., M.F., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D., in such areas as biomaterials chemistry, biotechnology, composites, drying, engineering, marketing, preservation, processing, quality improvement and wood quality.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/123456789/2
Dr. Simon Ellis
Phone: (604) 822-3551
D. B. Warnell
School of Forest Resources
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602
Undergraduate: An area of emphasis (minor) is offered in Wood Utilization under the Forestry major in the undergraduate program.
Graduate: The graduate program in Wood Science and Technology is administered through the Warnell School of Forest Resources. The graduate programs (MFR, M.S, Ph.D.) are offered in areas of specialization. These include adhesive chemistry, wood and fiber quality, technology of adhesive bonded products (composites), wood process engineering and control.
Graduate Coordinator for information.
Phone: (706) 542-1183
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1132
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1132
Undergraduate: The SWST-accredited B.S Renewable Materials degree program provides academic knowledge and skills related to the science, production technologies and business of bio-based products. The program’s capstone experience involves market research, business plan development, and creation of prototypes for new products made from sustainable, renewable, bio-based materials. Students may specialize in one of the following career tracks: Construction and Design, Business Management, Materials Acquisition and Supply, Bio-based Materials, and Bio-Energy.
Graduate:Graduate programs (M.S. Natural Resources, Ph.D. Natural Resources) emphasize research in several fields including Wood Science and Mechanics (test methodology, wood properties, drying, structural properties); Biomass chemistry (composition and structure); Bioproducts (biomass conversion, biofuels, bioplastics, biocomposites); and Wood Building Technology (architectural design, value engineering, affordable housing, alternative building materials).
Dr. Thomas M. Gorman
Dr. Armando McDonald
Web site: https://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/majors/bs-renewable-materials
Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
W-503 Turner Hall
1102 South Goodwin Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Undergraduate: B.S. in Forestry with wood products specialization in the Forest Science Option. Study areas include wood science, wood engineering, wood composites, business, and quality control.
Graduate: The Master's degree programs prepare students for diversified careers in research and development, production, sales, and marketing in wood products industries. (M.S., Ph.D.)
Dr. Poo Chow
Phone: (217) 333-6670
FAX: (217) 244-3219
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0073
B.S. and M.S. in Forestry. Significant hands-on experience in primary and secondary manufacturing processes during wood utilization component of field camp. Excellent facilities exist at UK's Robinson Forest and Robinson Substation for primary and secondary processing research at the graduate level.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.uky.edu/ETD/
Dr. Terry Conners
Forest Products Specialist
Department of Forestry
University of Kentucky
202 T.P. Cooper Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
Tel: (859) 257-2463 (office)
Cell Phone: (859) 619-9018
FAX: (859) 323-1031
Forest Operations, Bioproducts & Bioenergy
5755 Nutting Hall
College of Natural Resources, Forestry & Agriculture
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5755
Undergraduate:The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy (FBB) at the University of Maine addresses this challenge by providing students with a relevant combination of course work, hands on experiences, faculty expertise and mentoring within the context of building teamwork and communications skills. The program aims to develop individuals (a) with the knowledge and abilities to better manage timber resources and forest operations in an environment of increasing public scrutiny and environmental concern; (b) with an understanding of the processes and challenges related to the efficient and environmentally acceptable harvest and conversion of forest resources to bioproducts and bioenergy; and (c) with an appreciation for the business principles and the associated local, regional, and global markets. Our educational goal is to produce professionals with strong abilities to assess and communicate the technical foundations and life-cycle impacts associated with how forest-based materials can be sustainably produced for a variety of applications ranging from traditional wood products to emerging bioproducts and bioenergy systems.
Combining professional elective courses is also an option for students particularly those preparing to run their own businesses after graduation. Well-equipped work-spaces and laboratories, with numerous field trips to wood producers, and industrial operations provide exposure to the breadth of ways that wood is taken from the forest and used. A capstone course allows students to apply learned wood science principles to case studies. Many of our students choose to work at the UMaine State-of-the-Art Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Students get a wealth of experience from working closely with Professors at this Center on important industrial problems and the development of new ways to use wood.
Graduate: Graduate research opportunities at the M.S. and Ph.D. level are available in several areas. All work-spaces and laboratories are well equipped with modern equipment. The facilities of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute include state-of-the- art manufacturing and evaluation equipment, are also available for many projects. Research areas include: Renewable Nanomaterials, Wood Mechanics, Wood Physics, Marketing, Wood Adhesion, Composite Materials, and Wood Chemistry. Strong ties with researchers in other Departments including Chemistry (Wood Chemistry), Chemical Engineering (Pulp & Paper), and Civil Engineering (Wood Engineering) exist to create an excellent research infrastructure.
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Engineered Wood Composites
Educational Objectives: Students will acquire knowledge and will demonstrate comprehension on processing and manufacturing of wood-polymer and fiber-reinforced hybrid composites. Students will conduct and analyze material property characterization of wood-polymer and fiber-reinforced hybrid composites. Students will develop skills in assessing technology and systematizing application of the interdisciplinary graduate training to product development of low-cost, high-performance wood-polymer and fiber-reinforced hybrid composites.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations:
Dr. Douglas Gardner, Program Leader
Advanced Structures and Composites Center
35 Flagstaff Road
University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2846
Building and Construction Technology
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Undergraduate: Undergraduate program offers a B.S. in Building Construction and Technology.
Graduate: Graduate program offers an M.S. and Ph.D. in Building Systems, within the Environmental Conservation Department with general areas of research and study in Wood Structure and Wood Composites, Building Science, and Green Building.
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Engineered Wood Composites: Educational Objectives: Students will acquire knowledge and will demonstrate comprehension on processing and manufacturing of wood-polymer and fiber-reinforced hybrid composites. Students will conduct and analyze material property characterization of wood-polymer and fiber-reinforced hybrid composites. Students will develop skills in assessing technology and systematizing application of the interdisciplinary graduate training to product development of low-cost, high-performance wood-polymer and fiber-reinforced hybrid composites.
Phone: (413) 545-1976
Dr. Peggi Clouston
Phone: (413) 545-1844
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
2004 Folwell Avenue
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108-1305
Undergraduate: Undergraduate specializations in Bioproducts Marketing and Management, Bioproducts Engineering and Residential Building Science and Technology.
Graduate: Specific fields in which graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) may be earned include forest products marketing, building science, materials science, biodeterioration and protection, wood chemistry, paper and fiber science, pulping and bleaching, surface and colloids science and paper engineering and process control. (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) All programs accredited by SWST.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/proquest.phtml
Dr. Shri Ramaswamy
Phone: (612) 624-8797
FAX: (612) 625-6286
University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Graduate: M.S., Ph.D. in Wood Science or Wood Technology. Program centers on tree growth-wood quality interactions.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/3986
Dr. Bruce Cutter
Phone: (573) 882-2744
FAX: (573) 882-1977
Forestry and Environmental Management
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 44555
CANADA E3B 6C2
Undergraduate: Undergraduate program offers BScF and BScFE degrees. Students can specialize in wood science and technology by taking a number of elective courses in the Wood Products minor.
Graduate: Graduate degrees offered include MF/MFE (courses-based) and MScF/MScFE and PhD (thesis-based). Prime research areas are: wood composites, wood engineering, wood drying and preservation.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/thesescanada/index-e.html
Prof. Charles Bourque, Assistant Dean
Dr. John Kershaw, Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (506) 453-4501
Fax: (506) 453-3538
Forest Products Center
2506 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4570
Graduate: Graduate programs at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are offered. Opportunities for graduate research projects in many areas, but with emphasis in wood-based composites, statistical process control in the wood industry, hardwood lumber drying, and wood structures. Coursework can be taken from a number of allied departments including statistics, engineering, chemistry, management, and materials science. New laboratory and office complex offer excellent facilities to conduct research.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://web.utk.edu/~thesis/etd.shtml
Contact: Dr. Timothy G. Rials
Phone: (865) 946-1129
FAX: (865) 946-1109
Department of Forestry
University of Toronto
33 Willcocks Street
CANADA M5S 3B3
Undergraduate: not offered
Graduate: Graduate programs (M.Sc., Ph.D.) emphasize research in Wood Protection (preservation, environmental impacts, waste management, biological deterioration, fire protection), Natural Fibre Composites (material science, properties and processing, adhesives, value added composites) and Natural Fibre Chemistry (pulp and paper, biomass characterization, recycling). A new collaborative M.Sc. program in Wood Engineering has been established in cooperation with the Departments of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering. This program features a 3-6 month student internship with industry where a practical problem is identified and forms the basis of the M.Sc. thesis.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/etd/
Dr. Paul A. Cooper for program information.
Phone: (416) 946-5078
Dr. Sandy Smith
Phone: (416) 978-5751
Forest Resources AR-10
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195
Graduate: For further information on MS and Ph.D. programs:
Dr. David G. Briggs
Phone: (206) 543-1581
FAX: (206) 685-3091
120 Russell Laboratories
Department of Forest Ecology and Management
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1598
University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Forest Ecology
and Management has active graduate programs at both the M.S. and Ph.D.
levels. In addition to concentrations in wood processing, economics, and
forestry, students enjoy great flexibility and opportunities offered in
other departments throughout the campus. Materials Sciences, Engineering,
Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Operations Management are a few
examples of areas where students have been able to compliment their wood
Dr. Scott Bowe, Assistant Professor
Phone: (608) 265-5849
Fax: (608) 262-9922
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481-3897
The College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been recognized as a Center of Excellence within the state of Wisconsin, and it trains more forest managers than any other program in the United States. Wood science is offered as a Forest Administration and Utilization option within the Forestry discipline. This option was initiated in response to forest industry needs to provide students with an integrated background in wood utilization, forestry and business. Other options offered within the Forestry major are Forest Management, Urban Forestry and Forest Recreation. There are five other major disciplines within the College in addition to the Forestry discipline: Paper Science, Resource Management, Soil Science, Water Resources and Wildlife Management. Stevens Point is in a central location to Wisconsin's large and diverse forest industry offering students considerable opportunities to see virtually all types of forest products manufacturing facilities as a complement to their classroom instruction. (B.S., M.S.)
Dr. Bob Govett for information
Cheatham Hall, Rm. 230, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Undergraduate:The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) offers two Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs, one in Sustainable Biomaterials and another in Packaging Systems and Design. The degree in Sustainable Biomaterials gives students a strong technical foundation in understanding natural biomaterials and how they perform as a basic building block for structures and products that society needs. Students can then build upon their technical foundation through one of three tracks with which to further develop their knowledge base: 1) Sustainable Enterprise, 2) Creating Sustainable Society, and 3) Sustainable Residential Structures. Respective learning outcomes in each of these tracks leads to a deeper understanding of how 1) business, 2) society, and 3) housing technologies can influence overall sustain-ability issues when sourcing, using, maintaining, and recycling natural biomaterials. The tracks have been planned so that students gain an appreciation of how disciplines in materials science, marketing, product design, process technology, and management can contribute towards the best sustainable use of our natural resources in meeting the needs of society.
Successful graduates of this program typically move into management and leadership roles throughout industry or on to graduate programs.
Graduate: The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials offers graduate programs leading to the M.S., M.F. and Ph.D. With the exception of the M.F. program, each graduate student must conduct research, the results of which normally culminate in a M.S. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation. The M.F. program requires no original research or thesis, and is considered a terminal, professional degree.
Students can focus their degree program in specialized areas of study by selecting coursework and thesis or dissertation research problems in specialized subject areas. Matching their area of degree interest with a faculty member working in that area is a sure way to gain skills and knowledge in the particular subject under the umbrella of the general degree requirements. General areas of degree specialization within our graduate program include the following:
- Forest Products Marketing
- Non-Timber Forest Products
- Packaging Systems and Design
- Pallet and Container Design
- Wood Engineering and Wood Performance in Structures
- Wood Composites
- Wood Adhesion
- Wood Formation and Woody Cell Wall
- Lumber Drying and Processing
- Lean Manufacturing
- Wood Industry Management
Graduates at the M.S., M.F., and Ph.D. levels are in high demand by universities, public and private research organizations, industry, and suppliers.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/
Dr. Robert J. Bush
Phone: (540) 231-8834
Web site: http://www.sbio.vt.edu/
and Engineering Laboratory
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington 99164-1806
Graduate: Faculty associated with the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory supervise students in graduate programs emphasizing various engineering related areas of wood research. Current research topics include in wood composites, structural design, connections, and non-destructive evaluation. MS and Ph.D. degrees are granted through the faculty's home academic departments that include Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: https://research.wsulibs.wsu.edu:8443/dspace/handle/2376/36
Division of Forestry
P.O. Box 6125
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6125
offers a B.S. in Wood Science and Technology. The degree requirements
include completion of a University-approved minor (business, agribusiness,
communications, etc.) or a specific course of study in Forest Utilization
(forest operations/timber harvesting). The program prepares graduates for
careers in the production of wood products, including primary products,
architectural woodwork, furniture and cabinets, composite materials, and
marketing of wood products. The Forest Utilization degree track prepares
graduates for careers in timber management and sale administration, forest
engineering, primary processing of wood products, and timber procurement. Both
programs require a summer internship with industry or an appropriate public
agency. The Wood Industries program was named a "Program of Excellence" by the
West Virginia University System Board of Trustees in 1996 and 2001. The B.S.
program was accredited by SWST in 1989 and last re-accredited in 2009. A minor in Wood Science and Technology is also offered.
Graduate: Graduate programs in wood science are offered at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels with areas of emphasis in properties, primary and secondary processing and utilization of hardwoods. An interdisciplinary approach is employed in all degree programs (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.).
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: http://www.wvu.edu/~thesis/
Dr. Jingxin Wang
FAX: (304) 293-7601
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