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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

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.

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.

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.

Calendar/Events

04Feb2015

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…

25Feb2015

WSE Seminar Series: Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Lab

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) was established in 1910 and mainly focused on preservation of railroad ties. Since then, FPL has been involved in decades of pioneering research focused on the wise and efficient use our nation’s natural resources. Dr. Kirker is a…

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…

27Apr2015

WFGRS - Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium

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