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World Wood Day 2016 held in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 19-26, 2016

World Wood Day 2016 held in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 19-26, 2016

“K-k-k-k-k-k, Kathmandu, think it’s really where I’m going to.” Lyrics from a popular song by Bob Seger in 1975! Little did I know that is where I was “going to” in 2016? Howard Rosen and Mon-Lin Kuo represented SWST at the 4th World Wood Day (WWD) celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal with the theme Nature and Culture. (See picture). Although World Wood Day is celebrated on March 21st each year, the three pre-events projects began as early as February 27th. About 500 people from 100 countries attended this event and over 40,000 local people participated. The city of Kathmandu is named after the Kasthamandap Temple that means “wood covered shelter” in Sanskrit. The temple was built entirely of wood with no iron nails or metal supports in the 16th century. According to legend, all the timber used to build the pagoda was obtained from a single tree. This temple collapsed during the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015. We hope that this celebration will spur a more rapid rebirth of the significant wood culture history that Nepal has.

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The opening ceremony was highlighted by remarks and a tree planting by the President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari. The main event was held at the Nepal Academy in the center of Kathmandu, that consisted of the Hall; which enclosed displays, concerts, symposium presentations, exhibitions, and ceremonies; and the large Outdoor Squares; where wood carving, wood turning, furniture making, folk art, a children’s event, special projects, and individual musical performances were held. Shown here is Andy Chen, a wood turner from the USA, with his wooden lathe. The power is supplied by a young Nepalese child in a bicycle-type mechanism and shows how local people became integrated into the program. This program included over 100 wood carvers from all over the world and people were able to interact with the carvers as these carvers worked.

3-Andy chen's wooden lathe

Four unique projects of the 2016 celebration included an international, collaborative project with 19 artisans from 14 countries that designed and constructed a “Brick by Brick” wooden statue, two architectural projects (the Two-Tiered Temple from Nepal and the US Pavilion, which is shown on the right in the background including the Mexican Atlachinolli Aztec musical group), and the “Elephant in the Room” US wood design project, which was made from recycled Nepalese refuse. All these creative events were concluded with a tree planting ceremony, a visits to two children’s special schools and a senior center, and tours to Kathmandu and its environs. From these tours, it was obvious that Nepal has suffered considerable damage from the 2015 earthquake and has a long recovery and restoration period ahead.

72-Mexican band at pagoda

More details and pictures from these meetings and tours can be found at the World Wood Day 2016 websites  and


Howard Rosen

WWD Foundation, Chair

IUFRO 5.10.01 Wood Culture Working Party Chair

Forest Utilization Society Oregon State University

FUSE is a student club within the College of Forestry at OSU. We are jointly affiliated with Forest Products Society and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. The goal of the club is to create a network of students interested in the forest products industry and to host events to cater to student interests within the sector. We have social events such as club hikes, BBQ’s, and bowling nights. We also participate in the Wood Magic program hosted at OSU by making wood bazookas and other props used for the event. The club holds an annual trip on MLK weekend where we do mill tours on the way to a fun weekend getaway. This year we stayed in Tacoma, WA and visited Windfall Lumber, a reclaimed wood company, the APA Testing Lab, Weyerhaeuser’s Longview export facility, and USNR. Currently, we are volunteering our time to make wood benches for a local elementary school garden with donated material from a local sawmill. When available, the club also sponsors student members to attend academic conferences and professional networking events. We bring in guest speakers once a term from local businesses, job recruiting agencies, or academia. We strive to keep the excitement and momentum of the forest products industry alive.1 4 3 2

Technical Sales Representative

Position Title Technical Sales Representative
Auto req ID 6441BR
Company Hexion Inc.
Location US OR Springfield
Country USA
Function Commercial/Sales
Company Overview


Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. is the global leader in thermoset resins. Through a broad range of thermoset technologies and specialty products, Hexion serves and supports customers in a diverse range of applications and industries.

Hexion materials are found in products that touch nearly every facet of modern living. At Hexion, we believe that leadership begins with integrity, ethics and environmentally sound operations. When you work for Hexion, you are partnering with a company that is not only focused on delivering value but on doing it in a safe, ethical and environmentally responsible manner.

Company Distinction This exciting opportunity is part of Hexion Inc.
Position Overview Responsible for the maintenance, development, and growth of Particleboard/MDF Sales/Service within the Pacific NW territory centered in the Springfield, Oregon geographic territory. Success requires a focus on marketing, identifying changes in markets, new opportunities, competitive threats, etc. and ensuring that sales leadership is aware of relevant changes. Proactively identify and act on opportunities to create value for customers, leveraging resources of Hexion’s sales, technical service and R&D organizations.
Job Responsibilities While maintaining a high standard of customer service and goodwill, as well as the Company’s reputation and integrity:
• Maintain and develop maximum sales consistent with overall goals and objectives.
• Identify opportunities for sales expansion.
• Arrange and assist at trials. Identify opportunities to assist customers with process improvements.
• Respond promptly to all customer needs and requests.
• Maintain accurate customer and sales records.;
Market Knowledge
• Keep Management apprised of changes with the market, e.g., new customers, changes at customers.
• Provide information (e.g., surveys, outlooks) as requested by Sales Management.;
• Maintain in good working condition, all assigned Company property, e.g., vehicle, personal computer.
• Ensure good relations are maintained with all internal departments, e.g., Production, Technical Service, Research and Development, Accounting. Adhere to all Company policies and business standards. Be available to participate in any cross functional teams. Work within established budgets and business practices. Maintain good relations with current and potential customer portfolio. Develop and establish a working understanding of amino resin chemistry.
Minimum Qualifications BA/BS in Wood Science Forestry, Engineering or Chemistry and at least three years of experience or at least ten years of experience in Particleboard/MDF industry or related field is required.

•Process management experience in wood processing facility is a strong plus.
•Strong understanding of statistical process control and continuous process improvement.
•PC skills, valid driver license, good verbal and written skills.
•Must be able to work with little supervision and function effectively in a production environment. Overnight travel will be required.

Preferred Qualifications A strong understanding of particleboard and MDF manufacturing processes or amino resin technologies.
Education Requirements BA Degree in Wood Science, Forestry, Engineering, or Chemistry or an equivalent combination of industry experience and education will be considered.
Other We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any characteristic protected by law.

In order to be considered for this position candidates are required to submit an application for employment through our career site, be at least 18 years of age, willing to take a drug test and submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process.

Candidates are required to have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

If currently an employee of the Company, you must have current satisfactory work performance and in most cases, have been in your current role 18 months.

Disclaimer: We are not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee about this position. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee of the Company via email, the Internet or in any other form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of the Company; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by the Company as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University

Assistant Professor

Position Announcement

Department of Sustainable Bioproducts,

Forest and Wildlife Research Center/

College of Forest Resources

Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine

Mississippi State University


The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University is seeking to fill a 9-month, Tenure-track, fulltime, Assistant Professor Positions with research, teaching and service responsibilities in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.

Particular consideration will be given to candidates with expertise and high potential in fundamental science which may include sawn lumber, structural products, green building, and/or engineered lumber, manufacturing, performance, mechanics, and applications.

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in either, wood science/forest products/sustainable bioproducts or an allied scientific discipline such as forestry, material or polymer science, chemical, civil or other engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or other as appropriate.

Experience is preferred in forest products/sustainable bioproducts or a related field with respect to proposing; securing extramural funding; conducting, producing, and publishing applied and basic research results.

Primary responsibilities include: develop and conduct a program of research in forest products/sustainable bioproducts with an emphasis on research and development in structural properties of lumber, timber structures, engineered lumber, composites, wood structures, or related field; build a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program; collaborate within the Department, College, and University as well as with external stakeholders such as industry, other universities, government and nongovernmental organizations; teach undergraduate and graduate courses as appropriate, advise students, assist in programmatic curriculum development, provide internal and external service as appropriate, and other departmental responsibilities as appropriate.

The applicant must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and will be expected to develop a national reputation in sustainable bioproducts/forest products as well as maintain a focus on adding value to state- and regional-based stakeholders.

MSU is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Application Process:

All applicants must apply on line at , complete the Personal Data Information Form, and will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of professional recommendation, and transcripts of all degrees.

Official transcripts of all degrees will be required from the successful candidate. Application reviews will begin April 15, 2016.