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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

Finding and supporting the "BEST" ideas

Take for instance, the research of Lech Muszynski, at Oregon State University.  He's come up with a way to use the same kind of woody debris that renewable energy producers are eyeing for biomass power, and instead meld that material with plastic.

A glue with "mussel" power

One day a few years ago, Kaichang Li was at the Oregon Coast harvesting mussels. When the day was over, in addition to mussels, he returned to Corvallis with questions that led to development of an environmentally friendly wood glue.

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

27Jan2015

Effects of Metal and Mineral Nano-Materials in Wood-Composite Panels

Nano-metals and minerals have the potential to markedly alter the properties of wood based composites, but there have been few commercial successes. This seminar will review the previous efforts to use nano-particles in composites and then outline…

28Jan2015

WSE Seminar Series: Stewart W. Bailey, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Since humans first endeavored to leave the ground with hot air balloons in the 1780s, wood has been an integral part of the design of flying machines, and is still used in many modern designs due to its light weight…

04Mar2015

WSE Seminar Series: Rick Loduha, Finlandia University

The transition to sustainable life on Earth is this century's design challenge. Eliminating waste and maximizing resource efficiency top the 'to do' list. Architectural demolition debris is a major contributor to municipal landfills but the greater loss is that of the…