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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

The Race for the Wood Skyscraper Starts Here

"It's going to take some time to build up the infrastructure here to compete with materials already being used," said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Eventually, the Pacific Northwest could be home to a half-dozen manufacturers, Maness said. 

 

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.

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.

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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…

12Sep2016

All-Grad and Family Barbecue

The OSU Graduate School will be hosting a barbeque, for all graduate students and their families to relax and enjoy an evening with their peers and friends. Registration is required to attend this event. All current and new students and their families are…