Kamke, Fred

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Professor and JELD-WEN Chair of Wood-based Composites Science
Wood Science & Engineering
Office Location: 

104 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-8422
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-3385
B.S., 1979, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., 1983, Oregon State University
Research Areas: 
  • Composite Materials
  • Green Building and Environmental Performance
Research Interests: 
  • Adhesive Bonding
  • Heat & Mass Transfer
  • Wood-based Composites
  • Wood-Water Relationships
A Graduate Research Assistant Position is open, starting January 2018 in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering. The full announcement is available under the websites link on this page.


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
Courses Taught: 
WSE 461/561
Bio-Based Products Manufacturing
First of a 3-term series exploring technologies and management practices associated with manufacturing products from wood and other renewable materials. Subjects covered include the major processing steps for the conversion of raw materials such as wood, bamboo, hemp, and cereal straws into products.
WSE 465
Renewable Materials Manufacturing Experience
Learning about and visiting a number of renewable materials industrial and commercial operations representing all parts of the renewable materials value chain. The class will meet daily for one 5-day week immediately prior to the start of fall term. During the week, the students and at least one instructor will meet daily. Lectures will precede visits to industrial plants, mills and sites. At the end of the day, an instructor will participate in a debriefing session, reiterating what was learned during the day. Students will then submit a report on the day's activities. The class includes daily travel and overnight stays.
WSE 471/571
Renewable Materials in Building Construction
Explores world's use of woody biomass fuels, their potential to contribute to our region's energy supply, and conversion technologies such a direct combustion, pyrolysis, and thermochemical modification. Also examines emissions and other environmental impacts of utilizing renewable materials to generate energy and manufacture products.