Hall of Fame

Most of our former students began their careers in the wood-composites, and related, industries.


Mr. Jacob Staudhammer
B.S., June 2017 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Bio-based Polyamide with Oligomeric Lignin Backbone

Initially employed with Costanoan Biotechnologies in Portland, Oregon as an Associate Engineer


Dr. Guigui Wan
Ph.D., December 2016 - Virginia Tech

Project Title: Biogenic Formaldehyde Emission

Initially employed with Ingevity in Charleston, South Carolina as a Senior Chemist


Mr. Conrad Michael
B.S., December 2016 - North Carolina State University

Project Title: Determination of Tool Life During CNC Machining Operations for Four Panel Products

Initially employed with Shaw Industries in S. Pittsburg, Tennessee as a Technical Process Engineer


Ms. Paige McKinley
M.S., August 2016 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Multi-scale Investigation of Adhesive Bond Durability

Initially employed with Boise Cascade in Medford, Oregon as an Industrial Engineer


Mr. Xuyang (Chuck) Wang
M.S., August 2016 - Virginia Tech

Project Title: Organic Fillers Used in PF Resoles

Initially employed with R.J. Reynolds in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as a Scientist


Ms. Lyndsey Campbell
B.S., May 2016 - North Carolina State University

Project Title: The Use of Acoustic Emissions to Classify Wood Chip/Particles

Initially employed with Horizon Forest Products in Raleigh, North Carolina as an Account Representative/Inside Sales


Dr. Babak Mirzaei
Ph.D., March 2016 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Methodologies for Ranking Resins by their Effects on Durability of Wood Composites

Initially employed with Collins Wood Products as a Research Engineer


Dr. Shawn Freitas
Ph.D., December 2015 - Oregon State University

Project Title: In-situ Surface Modification of Wood with Different Hot Pressing Platen Metallurgies

Initially employed with Thermochem Recovery International in Baltimore, Maryland as a Biomass Energy Consultant


Dr. P. Frederik Laleicke
Ph.D., December 2015 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Application of Accelerated Weathering for the Development of a Non-Destructive Test, Product Durability Assessment Toolkit

Initially employed with Oregon State University's Department of Wood Science and Engineering as Assistant Professor


Mr. Coleman Burch
M.S., November 2015 - Virginia Tech

Project Title: Adhesion Fundamentals in Spotted Gum (Corymbia citriodora).

Initially employed with Hexion in Louisville, Kentucky as a Technical Service Representative


Mr. Kyle Mirabile
M.S., September 2015 - Virginia Tech

Project Title: Investigating Differences between Douglas-fir and Southern Yellow Pine Bonding Properties.

Initially employed with Hexion in Diboll, Texas as a Technical Service Representative


Ms. Ashley Hellenbrand
M.S., December 2014 - University of Maine

Project Title: Formaldehyde emissions from native wood.

Initially employed with Pharmaceutical Product Development in Middleton, Wisconsin as Chemist


Dr. Xing Yang
Ph.D., 2014 - Virginia Tech

Project Title: Influence of filler particle size on adhesive penetration and performance

Initially employed with Viance in Charlotte, North Carolina as an R&D Scientist


Dr. Matthew Schwarzkopf
Ph.D., 2014 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Microscale wood adhesive interaction (Characterization of load transfer in wood-based composites)

Initially employed with Oregon State University's Department of Wood Science and Engineering as a Faculty Research Assistant


Mr. Mohammad Tasooji
M.S., 2014 - Virginia Tech

Project Title: Formaldehyde determination through liquid extraction

Initially employed with Virginia Tech's Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program as a Doctoral Candidate


Dr. Jesse Paris
Ph.D., 2014 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Microscale wood adhesive interaction

Initially employed with Willamette Valley Company in Eugene, Oregon as an R&D Chemist


Mr. Nicholas Lampert
M.S., 2014 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Resin efficiency for non-structural panels

Initially employed with Space-X in Hawthorne, California as a Structures Engineer


Mr. Jorn Dettmer
M.S., 2013 - University of British Columbia

Project Title: Properties Comparison of North American Manufactured Particleboard and Medium Density Fiberboard

Initially employed at the University of British Columbia's Wood Science Department as Technical Operations Manager.


Mr. Paul Boehm
M.S., 2013 - University of Salzberg, Austria (Oregon State Exchange Student)

Project Title: Preliminary investigation of adhesive bonds using IR microscopy

Initially employed with Lemke Consulting, Hamburg, Germany as a Junior Consultant


Mr. Skyler Mlasko
B.S., 2012 - Oregon State University

Project Title: Impact of short length veneer on bending properties of LVL

Initially employed with Northwest Hardwoods in Longview, Washington as a Manufacturing Technician


Mr. Matthias Belda
Dip. Ing., 2012 - University of Hamburg, Germany (Oregon State Exchange Student)

Project Title: Impact of short length veneer on bending properties of LVL

Initially employed with Fraunhofer WKI in Braunschweig, Germany as a Research Engineer


Dr. Sudip Chowdhury
Ph.D., July 2011 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Advancing characterization techniques for structure-property determination of in-situ lignocelluloses

After completing a Post-Doc at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Dr. Chowdhury joined Willamette Valley Company in Eugene, Oregon as an R&D Chemist


Dr. Dakai Ren
Ph.D., November 2010 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Moisture-Cure Polyurethane Wood Adhesives: Wood/Adhesive Interactions and Weather Durability

Initially employed with Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan as a Research Scientist


Dr. Arijit Sinha
Ph.D., September 2010 - Oregon State University

Thesis Title: The Effect of Elevated Temperature on Mechanical Behavior of Structural Wood and Wood-Based Composites

Initially employed with Oregon State University's Department of Wood Science and Engineering as an Assistant Professor


Mr. Joshua Hosen
M.S., September 2010 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Fundamental Analysis of Wood Adhesion Primers

Initially employed with QAI Labortories, Huntley, Virginia as an Engineering Field Technician


Dr. Richard Johnson
Ph.D., August 2010 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Tempo-Oxidized Nanocelluloses: Surface Modification and use as Additives in Cellulosics Nanocomposites

Initially employed with Cellanese Corporation in Narrows, Virginia as an Advanced Engineer


Mr. Jesse Paris
M.S., August 2010 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Carboxymethylcellulose Acetate Butyrate Water-Dispersions as Renewable Wood Adhesives

Initially employed with Oregon State University's Department of Wood Science and Engineering as a Graduate Research Assistant, pursuing a Ph.D. degree


Dr. Edoardo Nicoli
Ph.D., July 2010 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Characterization of Mixed-Mode Fracture Testing of Adhesively Bonded Wood Specimens

Initially employed with Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan as a Research Scientist


Mr. Spencer Perry
M.S., May 2010 - University of Maine

Thesis Title: Measuring Strand Dynamics During Oriented Strand Composite Mat Formation

Initially employed with Huber Engineered Woods in Easton, Maine as a Process Control Specialist


Mr. Jung Ki Hong
M.S., November 2009 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Effect of Cellulose Nanocrystals on the Rheology, Curing Behavior, and Fracture Performance of Pheno-Formaldehyde Resol Resin

Initially employed with Virginia Tech's Department of Wood Science and Forest Products as a Graduate Research Assistant, pursuing a Ph.D. degree


Ms. Zhou (Angela) Yu
M.S., September 2008 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Nanoscale Surface Modification of Wood Veneers for Adhesion

Initially employed with Virginia Tech's Sustainable Engineered Materials Institute (SEMI) as a Student Research Assistant


Dr. Xuelian Zhang
Ph.D., May 2008 - University of Maine

Thesis Title: Characterization of Wood Resin-Adhesive Spray

Initially employed with Penn State University's School of Forest Research as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Mr. Martin Miesner
M.S., May 2008 - University of British Columbia

Thesis Title: Photo-stabilization of thermosetting adhesives

Initially employed with a European wood products consulting company in Germany, as a Consultant


Mr. Darren Riedlinger
M.S., February 2008 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Characterization of PFResol/Isocyanate Hybrid Adhesives

Initially employed with Arclin in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, as a Research Chemist


Mr. David Finkenbinder
M.S., September 2007 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: An Experimental Investigation of Structural Composite Lumber Loaded by a Dowel in Perpendicular to Grain Orientation at Yield and Capacity

Initially employed with Simpson Strong-Tie in Columbus, Ohio as a Branch Design Engineer


Ms. S. Kate Harrison
M.S., March 2006 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Comparison of Shear Modulus Test Methods

Initially employed with iLevel by Weyerhaeuser in Sutton, West Virginia as a Technical Team Leader


Mr. John Kirkpatrick
M.S., July 2005 - Mississippi State University

Thesis Title: Mechanical and Physical Properties of Preservative-treated Strandboard

Initially employed with iLevel by Weyerhaeuser in Valdosta,Georgia as a Quality Assurance Special Projects Supervisor


Dr. Cheng (Peter) Zhang
Ph.D., June 2005 - Oregon State University

Thesis Title: Improved Interfacial Adhesion in Wood-Plastic Composites: Development of New Compatibilizers

Initially employed with Weyerhaeuser's Chemically Enhanced Materials Unit in Federal Way, Washington as a Research Scientist


Mr. Brian Scott
M.S., June 2005 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Evaluation of Phenol Formaldehyde Resin Cure Rate

Initially employed with iLevel by Weyerhaeuser in Boise, Idaho as a Research Scientist.


Mr. Jonathan Hood
M.S., July 2004 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Changes in OSB mat permeability during hot pressing

Initially employed with iLevel by Weyerhaeuser in Chavies, Kentucky as a Process Engineer


Mr. Jeff Smith
Ph.D., July 2004 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: An investigation of nailed connection performance in a cyclic humidity environment

Initially employed with iLevel by Weyerhaeuser in Chavies, Kentucky as a Process Engineer


Dr. Scott Renneckar
Ph.D., June 2004 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Modification of wood fiber with thermoplastics by reactive steam explosion processing

Initially employed with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia as an Assistant Professor


Dr. Nicole Robitaille-Brown
Ph.D., January 2004 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: The influence of NMA Latex Distribution on the Performance of Crosslinking-PVA Adhesives

Initially employed with the Pennsylvania State University as Assistant Professor of Wood Chemistry


Ms. Jessica (McLaughlin) Jennings
M.S., February 2003 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Investigating the Surface Energy and Bond Performance of Compression Densified Wood

Initially employed with the Georgia-Pacific Resins in Decatur, Georgia as a Senior Technologist


Dr. Jun Zheng
Ph.D., December 2002 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Studies of PF Resole / Isocyanate Hybrid Adhesives

Initially employed with Borden Chemical in Springfield, Oregon as Senior Research Chemist


Dr. Milan Sernek
Ph.D., April 2002 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Comparative Analysis of Inactivated Wood Surfaces

Initially employed with the Department of Wood Science and Technology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Mr. Mathew Gates,
B.S., June 2001 - University of Minnesota

Initially employed with Sheltersource in Lakeville, Minnesota as a Building Performance Specialist


Mr. Joseph Ibrahimk
B.S., June 2001 - University of Minnesota

Initially employed with Centex Homes in Minnesota as a Project Manager


Dr. Marie-Pierre Laborie
Ph.D., February 2002 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Investigation of the Wood/Phenol-Formaldehyde Adhesive Interphase Morphology

Initially employed with the Wood Materials Engineering Lab at Washington State University as Assistant Professor


Ms. Addie Cranstoun
B.S., May 2002 - Virginia Tech

Initially employed with Trex in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.


Mr. Jaret Brochmann
M.S., December 2001 - University of Minnesota

Thesis Title: Effect of Resin Type and Flake Thickness on Bonding Efficiency for Improving Dimensional Stability of Oriented Strandboard

Initially employed with Borden Chemical in Diboll, Texas as a Resin Technologist


Dr. Edgar Deomano
Ph.D., July 2001 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Mechanism of Flake Drying and Its Correlation to Quality

Initially employed with National Wooden Pallet and Container Association in Arlington, Virginia


Mr. Christopher Scoville
M.S., June 2001 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Characterizing the Durability of MDI and PF Adhesives Through Fracture Testing

Initially employed with J.M. Huber Corporation in Commerce, Georgia as a Research Scientist


Ms. Susan Gibson
B.S., May 2001 - Virginia Tech

Initially employed with Universal Forest Products in California


Ms. Cassandra (Holt) Bowman
B.S., May 2001 - Virginia Tech

Initially employed with Columbia Forest Products in Craigsville, West Virginia


Mr. Tim Larsen
B.S., May 2001 - University of Minnesota

Initially employed with Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Denver, Colorado


Dr. Balazs Zombori
Ph.D., April 2001 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Modeling the Transient Effects During the Hot-Pressing of Wood-Based Composites

Balazs was fatally injured in an automobile accident in December 2002, shortly after starting as Assistant Professor at Washington State University


Mr. Keith Scott
M.S., April 2001 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Feasibility of Implementing a Resin Distribution Measurement System for MDF Fiber

Initially employed with Trus Joist - A Weyerhaeuser Business in Valdosta, Georgia


Mr. Jerone Gagliano
M.S., February 2001 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Improvements in the Fracture Cleavage Testing of Adhesively-Bonded Wood

Initially employed with IMR Test Labs in Ithaca, New York as a Materials Engineer


Mr. Vladimir Kochkin
M.S., September 2000 - Virginia Tech

These Title: Analysis and Testing of a Ready-to-Assemble Wood Framing System

Initially employed with the National Association of Home Builders


Dr. Mansur Ahmad
Ph.D., August 2000 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Analysis of Calcutta Bamboo for Structural Composite Materials

Initially employed at the Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia


Mr. Arnold “Bucky” Kirk
B.S., May 2000 - Virginia Tech

Initially employed with Southeastern Adhesives Company in Lenoir, North Carolina


Mr. Brett Knudsen
B.S., May 2000 - Oregon State University

Initially employed with Dynea in Springfield, Oregon


Mr. Tony Ory
B.S., May 2000 - Mississippi State Univeristy

Initially employed with Georgia-Pacific Resins in Louisville, Mississippi


Mr. J.W. Tapp
B.S., May 2000 - Virginia Tech

Initially employed with Nevamar Corporation in Virginia


Mr. Andrew Kuti
B.S., May 2000 - Virginia Tech

Initially employed with Dynea in Moncure, North Carolina


Mr. Indrajit Ghosh
M.S., 1999 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Lyocell Fiber-Reinforced Cellulose Ester Composites Manufacturing Considerations and Properties

Initially employed with American Management Systems, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina


Mr. Kevin C. Seavey
M.S., September 1999 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Lyocell Fiber-Reinforced Cellulose Ester Composites - Surface Modification and Consolidation

Continued education towards Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech


Dr. Christopher Lenth
Ph.D., May 1999 - Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Wood Material Behavior in Severe Environments

Initially employed with Forest Research, Inc., Rotorua, New Zealand


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