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

$6 million gift boosts OSU forestry complex

The $6 million gift from Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the nation’s largest lumber producers, will go toward the construction of a 20,000-square-foot laboratory for the development of advanced wood products such as cross-laminated timber, a type of engineered wood panel that is replacing steel and concrete in some highrise structures.

Can advanced wood products lift rural Oregon?: Editorial Agenda 2015

Construction is scheduled to begin in March on a building at OSU for the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design. The joint effort of the Oregon State forestry school and the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts will focus on development of innovative wood products that can be made in Oregon, with emphasis on those that can be used in multi-story, multi-use buildings.


Governor Kate Brown Announces Initiatives to Expand Advanced Wood Manufacturing

Governor Kate Brown and D.R. Johnson, a Southern Oregon timber company, announced a design competition intended to promote the use of CLT, or cross-laminated timber, by developers. The State of Oregon, its partners, and co-sponsors, Oregon BEST and the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design (a collaboration between Oregon State University and University of Oregon) will host a design competition with $200,000 in funding and services.



CoF Fall Clubs Day

Are you looking for a way to become more involved? Would you like to make new friends, participate in conferences and workshops and develop leadership and teamwork skills? If you answered YES then you need to check out the CoF Fall Clubs Day! …


Linda Caudill, Managing Director of Wood-Based Composites

Formerly with Weyerhaeuser Company, Linda effectively provides a bridge between the academic and industrial partners of the WBC Center. She also helps students understand careers options in the wood-composites industry, and supports their successfully search for jobs that best suit their interests. Having…


WSE Seminar Series: Scott Kent

This presentation demonstrates how the use of undergraduate level physics in combination with graduate level research can be used to answer important questions about single or multivehicle traffic accidents.  Scott is an Oregon State University graduate with a doctorate in wood…