The Wood-Based Composites Center (WBC) is an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, I/UCRC, focused
on research and education at the Universities of British Columbia and Maine, Oregon State, and Virginia Tech.
Be the leading source for fundamental research and education in wood-based composites.
Advance the science and technology of wood-based composite materials.
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
The Dow Chemical Company
J M Huber Corporation
Trus Joist MacMillan
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 and Technical Committees,
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
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 affilate
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:
JELD-WEN Windows and Doors
Momentive (formerly Hexion Specialty Chemicals)
Willamette Valley Company