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Forest Products Research: Valuable Research with Practical Applications

Dr. Hui Wan
Mississippi State University

Forest Products Research Update

BIOGRAPHY

Hui Wan received his bachelor degree in forest products at Central Southern University of Forestry and Technology in China, his master degree in wood composite at the Royal Agriculture University of Copenhagen, Denmark and his Ph.D. in wood composites at Mississippi State University, USA.

Hui Wan works at Mississippi State University as an associate professor in wood composites. His research interests are sustainable manufacturing forest products, wood adhesives, recycling, and new forest products development. He worked at FPInnovations, was a project leader of medium density fiberboard (MDF) & particleboard (PB), oriented strand board, laminated veneer lumber, cross laminated timber, nano material application and wood modification research programs, and was a FPInnovations’ technical liaison to Louisianan Pacific, Georgia-Pacific, Tolko, Tembec, Norbord, Flakeboard and Uniboard.

He was a trustee of Forest Product Society Eastern Canadian Section for more than 10 years and a reviewer of National Science and Education Foundation of Canada. He serviced as an adjunct professor at University Laval for about 10 years. He has served as a reviewer of the Louisiana Board of Regents Pfund and CPA’s MDF and PB standard. He has developed 7 patents or patent applications covering flaking, bio-treatment chitosan for adhesive, binderless panel, nano cellulose application in wood adhesives.

Dr. Corneils de Hoop
Louisiana State University

Forest Products Research Update

The Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, housed at the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge, is conducting exciting new technical and market research in biomass/bioenergy, nanocellulose, wood liquefaction, and cross-laminated lumber (CLT). Dr. Niels de Hoop will report on the Center’s latest research and extension.

BIOGRAPHY

Cornelis F. “Niels” de Hoop is an Associate Professor in the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center at the LSU Ag Center, where he has worked since 1992. Prior to obtaining his PhD at Texas A&M, he worked 12 years in the forest products industry, mostly in logging supervision, timber procurement, and log yards, in Canada and east Texas. He also has two years of experience in government forestry in Kentucky (USFS) and Hawaii (state). He has an MBA from Stephen F. Austin and a BS in Forestry from Kentucky. At LSU, he teaches courses in timber harvesting, procurement and GIS. His research activities have included expert systems for veneer lathe diagnosis, assessment of cut-to-length harvesting, stormwater runoff from log yards, wood supply for chip mill, wood residue supply and demand, accidents in the forest products industry, and biomass energy.

Expertise: Worker accidents and safety, environmental aspects of wood products processing, wood residue utilization and operations research/expert systems/GIS applications to the forest products industry.

Dr. Brian Via
Auburn University

Forest Products Research Update

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Brian Via will be Full Professor in August 2017, is the Regions Bank Professor of Wood Products and is currently the Director of the Forest Products Development Center in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University where he has participated in over $23 million in team funding since 2008. His most recent grant from AFRI-NIFA starts in February 2017 in which he is making hydrophobic wood composites from bio-oil-epoxy adhesives. His Center currently collaborates with 25 industrial and landowner partners and is working with Alabama companies to improve wood quality and make sustainable adhesives for wood composites. Via and colleagues have a patent pending for using soy flour in OSB for cost reduction worth $1 to $1.5 million in cost savings per mill.

He has recently started an Advisory Board for the Center with 7 members including the United Soybean Board, Norbord, Huber, Louisiana Pacific, Westervelt, Timber Products, and Regions Bank. This Advisory Board has been helpful in the guidance and support of a new undergraduate curriculum called Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging.

Dr. Via is interested in wood quality, the effect of wood quality on wood product performance, new rapid characterization of wood chemistry, modeling wood property performance from chemistry, and bio-based adhesives for wood composites. Dr. Via received his Bachelor degree in Forest Products and his Master degree in Wood Mechanics at Virginia Tech. He obtained his Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterial Chemometrics at Louisiana State University. He has spent 7 years in an industrial research environment at both International Paper and Louisiana Pacific. At International Paper, he studied the effects of wood quality on paper and lumber performance including genetic and silviculture effects. At Louisiana Pacific, his primary roles included new product development, statistical process control, and statistical modeling in composite manufacturing.

Dr. Adam Taylor
University of Tennessee

Forest Products Research Update

BIOGRAPHY

Adam Taylor is an Associate Professor and the Forest Products Extension Specialist in Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries at the University of Tennessee. His responsibility is to assist the wood products industry in Tennessee through information transfer and applied research. Dr. Taylor is based at the Center for Renewable Carbon in Knoxville.

An interest in the outdoors and work experience in commercial forestry operations led Dr. Taylor to pursue an education in Forestry. He earned a B.Sc.F, with a Wood Science emphasis, from the University of Toronto in 1996. He continued to explore his interest in wood quality while completing a Masters degree at the University of New Brunswick. The M.Sc.F. thesis examined the scientific basis of the ancient practice of girdling trees prior to using the wood for log building. After graduation in 1999, Taylor worked at the Wood Science & Technology Centre in New Brunswick. In his position as a Research Officer, he helped solve problems in the wood products industry in eastern Canada. He then moved to the west coast of the United States to join the Department of Wood Science & Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Taylor completed his PhD in 2004, with a dissertation that investigated the effect of environment on the natural durability of the wood of Douglas-fir and Western redcedar.

Although Dr. Taylor’s education and work experience has emphasized wood quality, wood deterioration and wood protection, he considers himself to be a wood generalist.

Daniel Hindman, Ph.D
Virginia Tech

Forest Products Research Update

BIOGRAPHY

Daniel P. Hindman, Ph.D., serves as associate professor in the Sustainable Biomaterials department where his research program focuses upon the efficient use of wood materials for residential and commercial applications. Dr. Hindman teaches Wood Mechanics, Design of Wood Structures, Green Building Systems and a graduate level Timber Engineering course. Dr. Hindman’s research philosophy revolves around three principles related to wood materials: structure, safety, and sustainability. Recent projects have included the study personal fall arrest systems, development of cross laminated timber from alternative wood sources, measurement of wood strand properties, the splitting of bolted connections loaded perpendicular to grain in wood, and defects associated with wood flooring. Dr. Hindman is currently the editor of Wood Design Focus, a quarterly journal for the wood engineering and architecture community. Dr. Hindman also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health in the Myers Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. Dr. Hindman is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Forest Products Society and the National Frame Building Association. Dr. Hindman holds a Professional Engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.