an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

About the Center

The Wood-Based Composites Center (WBC) is an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, I/UCRC, with two main university Sites, Oregon State University and Virginia Tech. Partner Universities conduct WBC research through sub-awards, and include North Carolina State University, Michigan State University, and Auburn University The membership fee is US$35,000 per year.
Vision, Mission & Objectives

Be the leading source for fundamental research and education in wood-based composites.


Advance the science and technology of wood-based composite materials.

  1. Promote and coordinate wood-based composites research and education at leading universities across North America.
  2. Attract students to careers in the wood-based composites and adhesion industries.
  3. Provide continuing education to the wood-based composites industry.
  4. Provide a forum for intellectual exchange and interaction among professionals and students interested in:
    Manufacture of wood-based composites
    Performance of wood-based composites
    Materials science
    Adhesives and adhesion
Information about the Center, including copies of current and past Annual Reports, are available upon request.
History of the Center
The Wood-Based Composites Center was established on January 1, 1999. The following companies are recognized as Founding Members of the Center:
Georgia-Pacific Resins, Inc.
Huntsman Polyurethanes (formerly ICI Polyurethanes)
National Starch and Chemical
Neste Resins Corporation
Champion International
The Dow Chemical Company
J M Huber Corporation
LP Corporation
Trus Joist MacMillan
Weyerhaeuser Company
The Center's first industry advisory board meeting convened in 1999 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Today's advisory board, which is comprised of Executive (EC) and Technical Committees (TC), meets twice yearly at locations determined by the membership.

The founder and first Director of the WBC, Fred Kamke served from 1999 until January 2005. The Managing Director of the Center, Linda Caudill, was appointed in August 1999, and continues in that role today. In February 2005, Charles (Chip) Frazier was appointed Director by the WBC Industry Advisory Board. Also in 2005, to better meet the needs of its industry members, the Center moved from an affiliate relationship with MSU, OSU, and Minnesota, to one of a full partnership.

In 2006, the University of British Columbia and University of Maine were invited to participate as partner universities of the WBC. Mississippi State and Minnesota remained involved in subsequent years as affilates. In 2015 the IAB TC awarded research projects to faculty at North Carolina State University, followed by Michigan State in 2016 and Auburn in 2018. The Center continues to seek outstanding faculty to conduct reasearch on behalf of its members.

The National Science Foundation awarded the WBC a grant on July 1, 2010, establishing the Center as an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, I/UCRC. The founding members of the WBC I/UCRC included:

Ashland, Inc.
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals
Henkel Corporation
JELD-WEN Windows and Doors
Weyerhaeuser Company
Willamette Valley Company

In 2016, a Phase II I/UCRC was awarded by the NSF, increasing funding for the center at both university Sites. The Phase II Award will support the WBC as a NSF center through 2021. Under the new award, Kamke and Frazier will act as Co-Directors, while Caudill will continue as Managing Director.

Next WBC Short Course

OSU's Structural Plywood and Veneer-Based Composites Short Course

March 27-28, 2019

Details Coming Soon!

Online Short Courses

Online Wood-Based Composites Short Course Series:

WBC members receive a 25% discount on unlimited registrations. Register anytime.

  • Wood Structure
  • Wood/Water Relationships
  • Applied Statistics/Data Analysis
  • Wood Adhesion Science & Technology
  • Strand-based Composite Manufacturing
  • Practical Wood Adhesive Technology
  • Structural Plywood & Veneer Based Composite Manu.

Next WBC Meeting

Spring 2019 IAB Meeting

April 17-18, 2019