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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

Does gender diversity in forestry companies matter?

The forest industry is faced with the generational transition of a greying workforce that is reaching retirement age. The oncoming wave of retirements presents a significant opportunity to recruit a young, vibrant, and more diverse workforce that can help move the industry into a more competitive future.

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.”

Fungal pigments provide commercial opportunity for paint and dye manufacturers

But while the microorganisms can be grown in solution, capturing the pigments has required the use of toxic solvents, said Sara Robinson, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry. Robinson has now found a way to use oils to harvest the pigments, and OSU has applied for a provisional patent on the technique.

Calendar/Events

05Aug2016

Thesis Defense: Paige McKinley

Moisture durability is essential for wood composites, especially those used in building construction, where products are prone to weathering. Understanding the fundamental wood and adhesive interactions is the first step in developing new technologies and improving existing ones. The main focus of this…

22Aug2016

The Synergy of Science & Industry

Experience the Synergy… Over the last several years, researchers have helped open up many promising avenues for biochar market development in North America. Likewise, many entrepreneurs and small business owners have made investments to develop commercial markets. With so much research…

12Sep2016

New Graduate Student Orientation and Resource Fair

The Graduate School team welcomes all new graduate students, and we strongly encourage them to attend this orientation and resource fair. Valuable information will be shared and insightful conversations will be had concerning academic and professional expectations of graduate students. New students will…