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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

Corvallis company striving to introduce first formaldehyde-free, bio-based adhesive for manufacturing particleboard and other wood products

“For 60 years, formaldehyde off-gassing has been an issue with urea-formaldehyde, the most common adhesive used in a particleboard and fiberboard,” said Fred Kamke, OSU professor of wood science and engineering and director of the Green Building Materials Lab, an Oregon BEST Lab on the OSU campus. “Although emissions have been reduced dramatically over the years, formaldehyde is still being emitted and some markets are demanding formaldehyde-free solutions.”

Wood's heyday has arrived

Farther south, a collaboration among Oregon State University’s colleges of forestry and engineering, and the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, has attracted state and federal funds. The National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design will offer education and research on the design, engineering and construction of multistory buildings using wood products.

Also, the College of Forestry has announced plans to build a $60 million Forest Science Complex that will highlight wood use and research.

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.

Calendar/Events

10Feb2016

WSE Seminar Series: Michael P. Nelson, Forest Ecosystems & Society

Michael’s presentation will focus on two related but distinct projects that, overall, meld ecology with ethics with social science. The first will focus on the way the conservation community mishandles both conceptual and empirical elements of the notion of intrinsic value.  The second will…