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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.

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.

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.

Calendar/Events

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

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‚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…

30May2015

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…