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.



WSE Seminar Series: Babak Mirzaei, PhD Candidate

A persistent issue in wood products is moisture durability. When designing wood based composites, moisture durability will depend on both the wood phase and the resin phase. A key question, therefore, is how does one rank resins for their ability to convey moisture…


WSE Department BBQ

Join the Wood Science and Engineering  Department to celebrate the start of a new year! Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs and enjoy some delicious food with current students, faculty, and staff in the department.   …