an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

Contacts

Quick Contacts:
Chip Frazier, Co-Director
Virginia Tech
Phone: (540) 231-8318
Email: cfrazier@vt.edu

Fred Kamke, Co-Director
Oregon State University
Phone: (541) 737-8422
Email: fred.kamke@oregonstate.edu

Linda Caudill, Managing Director
Phone: (540) 231-7092
Email: lcaudill@vt.edu


Contact Information for currently funded faculty is listed below:

Linda C. Caudill
Managing Director, Wood-Based Composites Center
M.S. Virginia Tech, 1986

Twelve years experience in particleboard and fiberboard industries.

Phone: (540) 231-7092
Email: lcaudill@vt.edu

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David A. Dillard
The Adhesive and Sealant Science Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 1981

The development of test methods for evaluation of adhesive bonds; fracture mechanics, viscoelasticity, fatigue, environmental degratation and durability predictions.

Phone: (540) 231-4714
Email: dillard@vt.edu

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Charles E. Frazier
Thomas M. Brooks Professor of Sustainable Biomaterias, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 1992

Wood adhesion and polymer science, Wood rheology, renewable biomaterials. Co-Director of the Wood-Based Composites Center.

Phone: (540) 231-8318
Email: cfrazier@vt.edu

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Frederick A. Kamke
Professor and JELD-WEN Chair of Wood-based Composites Science, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. Oregon State University, 1983

Wood-based composite design, manufacture, and performance; adhesive distribution and penetration; wood and moisture relationships; drying; modeling.

Founder and Co-Director of the Wood-Based Composites Center.

Phone: (541) 737-8422
Email: fred.kamke@oregonstate.edu

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P. Frederik Laleicke
Assistant Professor, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2016

Wood-based composites; assessment of wood composite performance and certification needs for Western United States.

Phone: (541) 737-4205
Email: paul.laleicke@oregonstate.edu

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Scott Leavengood
Associate Professor, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. Portland State University, 2011

Technical assistance and research in wood technology, quality and process control; forest products business and marketing; Director of the the Oregon Wood Innovation Center (OWIC).

Phone: (541) 737-4212
Email: scott.leavengood@oregonstate.edu

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Rick Lemaster
Research Professor, Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University
M.S. Colorado State University, 1979

Wood machining and tooling, process monitoring, surface quality evaluation.

Phone: (919) 515-1548 Email: rick_lemaster@ncsu.edu

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Zhenglun "Glen" Li
Instructor, BioResource Research/Bioengineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2014

Lignin chemistry, biomass pretreatment, and lignin-based antioxidant and polymer science.

Email: glen.li@oregonstate.edu

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Lech Muszynski
Associate Professor, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. Agricultural University of Poznan, Poland, 1997

Mechanics of wood and wood composites: time dependent phenomena, hygro-mechanical behavior, mechano-sorption; advanced hybrid wood-plastic and wood-FRP composites: interface performance, bonding, durability, damage assessment; multi-scale material characterization; full field imaging and measurement methods: Computed Tomography, Digital Image Analysis.

Phone: (541) 737-9479
Email: lech.muszynski@oregonstate.edu

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John Nairn
Professor and Richardson Chair, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1981

Deformation and fracture of wood and wood-based composites, advanced wood-polymer composites, residual stress effects in composites, interfacial characterization, analytical and numerical modeling, cracking of paints and coatings.

Phone: (541) 737-4265
Email: john.nairn@oregonstate.edu

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Mojgan Nejad
Assistant Professor, Green Bioproducts, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University
Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2010

Development of lignin-based bioproducts; wood coatings and adhesives; wood protection.

Phone: (517) 355-3597
Email: nejad@msu.edu

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Carlos Salas Araujo
Research Assistant Professor, Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University

Novel wood adhesives made from natural materials.

Phone: (919) 515-5744 Email: clsalasa@ncsu.edu

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Daniel Saloni
Associate Professor, Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University
Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Biomass and bioenergy conversion and additive manufacturing; process improvement; supply chain.

Phone: (919) 513-0989 Email: daniel_saloni@ncsu.edu

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John Simonsen
Professor, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1975

Wood-polymer composite building materials, cellulose nanocrystal composites, adhesion and surface chemistry, wood preservation.

Phone: (541) 737-4217
Email: john.simonsen@oregonstate.edu

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Arijit "Ari" Sinha
Assistant Professor of Renewable Materials, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2010

Green building materials, sustainable built environment, product development for efficient use of renewable materials, life cycle analysis.

Phone: (541) 737-6713
Email: arijit.sinha@oregonstate.edu

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Gregory D. Smith, P. Eng.
Professor, Wood Science, University of British Columbia
Dr. sci. techn., Swiss Federal Institute of Tech, 1996

Wood Adhesion, blending, oriented strand board, particleboard, process modeling.

Phone: (604) 822-0081
Email: greg.smith@ubc.ca

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Robert L. Smith
Associate Dean, Professor and Head, Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 1994

Forest products marketing and management, wood preservation.

Phone: (540) 231-7679
Email: rsmith4@vt.edu

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Brian Strahm
Associate Professor of Forest Soils and Ecology, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. University of Washington, 2006

Biogeochemistry, forest soils, ecological restoration, and carbon and nutrient cycling.

Phone: (540) 231-8627
Email: brian.strahm@vt.edu

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Guillermo Velarde
Program Manager, Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University
Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 2013

Wood machining and tooling, wood gluing, wood product testing, biomass supply chain for biofuels.

Phone: (919) 515-2850 Email: gjvelard@ncsu.edu

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Audrey Zink-Sharp
Professor and Associate Department Head, Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. State University of New York, 1992

Wood structure and property relationships, experimental mechanics. Director of the Sustainable Engineered Materials Institute.

Phone: (540) 231-8820
Email: agzink@vt.edu

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