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Why a BS in Renewable Materials?

A more sustainable society requires that we use more renewable materials to make the products we need rather than continue to depend on oil and other non-renewable materials.  The demand for a greener future is at the heart of the WS&E department and especially of our degree programs.  Please use this site as your entry into the research, teaching and outreach programs at OSU that support that vision.

We offer an undergraduate degree program in RENEWABLE MATERIALS to educate and train the next generation of leaders and innovators for exciting and diverse careers that will make a difference toward a sustainable future. Our degree program is accredited by SWST.

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WS&E News

Tornadoes Raise Questions About Building Practices, Code Enforcement

There is no practical, economic way to build structures that could stand up to the savagery of EF5 tornadoes like those that ripped through the South in late April, experts say, but damage from lesser storms could be reduced by better building practices and better enforcement of existing codes.

OSU a partner in new $2.2M center for wood-based materials

Oregon State University announced Tuesday it was chosen along with Virginia Tech to lead a new $2.2 million National Science Foundation-funded research center focused on environmentally friendly wood-based composite materials.

The five-year research initiative will involve six faculty members and three graduate students per year at OSU and a similar team at Virginia Tech.

Getting more out of the forest

Composite wood products have had a bad reputation over the years, being considered a low-cost means of using commercial waste or low-quality wood.

That image is changing, and Fred Kamke is helping make sure it continues to change.

Calendar/Events

01Apr2015

WSE Seminar Series: Cesar Magnani, Biesse Group

This seminar will focus on explaining the evolution of woodworking equipment from the 20th century to present day technologies. Answering the question: "How did we grow from hand held manual tools into the numerical controlled equipment that we see today and what can…

08Apr2015

WSE Seminar Series: Meisam Shir Mohammadi, PhD Student

Meisam Shir Mohammadi is a PhD candidate obtaining dual degree in Materials Science and Wood Science at Oregon State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Iran.  He joined to Dr. John Nairn’s research group…

14Apr2015

Thesis Defense: Eric Hinsch, "A Comparative Analysis of Extracted Fungal Pigments and Commercially Available Dyes for Colorizing Textiles"

With the resurgence in the interest of using natural textile dyes, a solution must be found that will overcome the limitations of traditional natural dyes.  This solution must also be safer for both humankind and the environment than are synthetic dyes. This study…

15Apr2015

WSE Seminar Series: Raul Dancé

The tropical rainforests provide multiple ecosystem services to the entire planet. In the Amazon rainforest, human activities and economic expansion are proximate and direct drivers of its deforestation and degradation. Corporations are aware of the negative impacts caused by their activities and the…

15Apr2015

MBA Information Session - Forestry

The MBA program invites the College of Forestry students and community to join the MBA team for an information session. We will cover admission requirements, application processes and all seven MBA tracks: Business Analytics, Commercialization, Executive Leadership, Global Operations, Marketing, Research Thesis and…

27Apr2015

WFGRS - Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry (COF), showcases current graduate student research. The purpose of this symposium is to promote academic excellence by challenging students to present their work to and receive feedback…