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.

Green chemistry is becoming a red-hot field

Anyone in the market for some green plywood or green carpet tiles? I'm not talking about redecorating with an Irish motif, it's the infusion of some green chemistry into the manufacturing process that makes these "green" products appealing. Green chemistry is red hot these days, as it should be. What is it?

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.



Spring Career Fair

You are invited to the Spring Career Fair, on April 22nd, from 11am-4pm at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This is an amazing opportunity, right here on campus to meet and network with over 120 employers interested in hiring OSU students and alumni.…


WSE Seminar Series: Kris Walker, MS Student

Dynamic properties of structures are already used to obtain quantitative structural health data; however, most current data collection is limited to localized damage on the structure rather than global response. Recent research involves the use of commercially available digital video cameras, or virtual…


WFGRS - Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University‚Äôs 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…


WSE Seminar Series: Dr. Thomas Tannert, Associate Chair of Wood Building Design & Construction, UBC

Recent changes in North American building codes as well as supporting legislation have created new possibilities for the structural application of timber in mid-rise and industrial construction. The introduction of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), a well-established construction material in Europe, to the North American…


WSE Seminar Series: Marcia Vasquez Sandoval, PhD Student

The production of woody biomass for energy is one of the renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. An environmental LCA evaluation of woody biomass production from Oregon poplar plantations under different management scenarios is analyzed in this research. The consumption of electricity, fuels, water…


National Get Outdoors Day

The third annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday May 30th, 2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Peavy Arboretum.  This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on…