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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

Does gender diversity in forestry companies matter?

The forest industry is faced with the generational transition of a greying workforce that is reaching retirement age. The oncoming wave of retirements presents a significant opportunity to recruit a young, vibrant, and more diverse workforce that can help move the industry into a more competitive future.

Funding Available for 10+ New Graduate Students Through New Advanced Wood Products Center

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering is looking for a cohort of 10+ new graduate students (MS or PhD) to serve as Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) to support research conducted by the National Center for Advanced Wood
Products Manufacturing and Design. Please see flyer for more information on how you can be considered for this type of funding.

Fungal pigments provide commercial opportunity for paint and dye manufacturers

But while the microorganisms can be grown in solution, capturing the pigments has required the use of toxic solvents, said Sara Robinson, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry. Robinson has now found a way to use oils to harvest the pigments, and OSU has applied for a provisional patent on the technique.

Calendar/Events

11May2016

WSE Seminar Series: Jonathan Schilling, University of Minnesota

Fungi play a dominant role in recycling the carbon bound in wood, a pool that holds 80% of Earth's aboveground terrestrial carbon. These fungi also cause problems in wood in service (as lumber, etc.) but offer promise in industrial applications involving plant biomass…