IAWS celebrated its 50th anniversary in the city where the Academy was founded in 1966; Paris, France from June 1 to 6, 2016. Over 70 attendees from 20 countries were treated to an excellent conference with the theme: ‘Wood Science for the Future,’ held in the historic rooms of the French Academy of Agriculture in central Paris near the Seine River. Thirty technical talks were presented related to the theme of the conference. SWST has had several of its members elected to the Academy since its inception and three of us participated in the celebration.
SWST was represented by Salim Hiziroglu, myself, and Barry Goodell with wife, Jody Jellison.
Gerd Wegener from the Technical University of Munich was honored with the Academy Lecture for his outstanding achievements in wood science and his long-year support of the Academy, e.g. as the editor-in-chief of our journal ‘Wood Science and Technology ’ from 1996-2013.’ His Leture‘ 1966-2016: Science and Use of Wood in a Changing World’ focused on the increasing global role of forests and wood utilization for a future post-fossil society. Another highlight of the conference was the presentation by Michaela Zauner who won the 2015 IAWS PhD Award for an outstanding thesis/dissertation research at the PhD level from ETH in Zürich, Switzerland. Her topic was ‘In-situ Synchrotron-Based Tomographic Microscopy of Uniaxial Loaded Wood: In-situ Testing Device, Procedures and Experimental Investigations.’
Group photo of conference participants in the lecture hall of the building of the French Academy of Agriculture
Following the technical program, 18 of us went on a 3-day tour, which included the historic city of Reims, champagne tasting near Epernay, teaching and research activities in wood engineering at ENSTIB (Advanced National School of Technology and Wood Industries). On the final day INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) in Nancy-Champenoux presented to the group its various research activities in the field of forestry and wood.
Technical Services Manager, Wood Protection
Evaluates and executes technical service and product development projects in area of wood protection for internal and external customers. Conducts applied research to produce new commercial products and new end uses of experimental and existing products. Evaluates customer projects and provides solutions.
Accountable for leading the wood protection testing as well as the evaluation of various products to ensure compatibility with existing and new product applications. Maintains contact with customers’ scientific community in order to resolve inquiries in a cost effective and timely manner. Reports progress of research work and significance of the results to management.
Director, Wood Protection
WORKS CLOSELY WITH:
Science & Technology, Marketing, Sales, and Operations
Florham Park, NJ
MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE:
- Completion of projects on a timely basis
- Timely and accurate solution of customer issues
- Quantity and quality of new products developed
- Quantity and quality of technical service projects that are completed that lead to product approvals
Research Lab, Drier Lab, Science & Technology, and IT
- Lead the testing and evaluations of existing and potential product applications in order to satisfy customer requests in a timely manner. Provide technical guidance to sales personnel so that customer applications can be better understood.
- Conduct various competitive product comparisons and evaluations so that the marketing function can promote existing and/or new product applications in order to secure a competitive advantage.
- Maintain communication as technical liaison with customers and potential customers so that product applications can be fully realized.
- Based on applied research, establish or modify existing or new testing standards and methods so that customer applications testing can be conducted in a more profitable manner.
- Lead and oversee the publication of accurate testing and evaluation of customer applications.
- Keep abreast of scientific developments in order to provide the company with the best knowledge and information necessary to maintain the company’s competitive position.
- Develop data for use in the preparation of marketing literature for the introduction and promotion of new or revised products.
- Prepare summary tables with experimental results of experiments as well as monthly and other periodic reports on the results of all lab work being conducted
- Develop formulas, processes, techniques, and methods for solutions to technical problems affecting marketability of various products.
- Evaluate and select laboratory equipment in a cost effective manner that continues to satisfy customer requirements.
- Maintain laboratory equipment and ensures that materials and equipment required are available. Ensures lab is stocked with adequate inventory of needed materials so no project is delayed due to lack of material or equipment.
- Confer with scientific and engineering communities regarding research of solutions to problems and prepares technical and laboratory reports for management review and evaluation.
- Collaborate with other Troy scientists to execute multidisciplinary projects leading to new or improved products and processes.
- Keep abreast of scientific and competitive information in order maintain state-of-the–art knowledge.
- Perform other duties and special projects upon request.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Master’s of Science in Forest Products/Wood Science or equivalent or Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Products/ Wood Science, along with minimum two years’ experience within the Wood Preservation or allied industry. Knowledge of laboratory and production equipment and laboratory skills required.
ADA ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS:
Duties one through twelve
SUPERVISION GIVEN AND RECEIVED:
Works under general management direction. Takes independent action and receives limited guidance on technical or professional aspects of job duties.
TITLE: Wood Composites Technologist
DATE: September 2016
DEPT: Advanced Structures and Composites Center
REPORTS TO: Sr. Laboratory Operations Manager, Wood Composites Manager
Purpose: The purpose of this position is to conduct and manage the many wood-related projects in thelaboratory. To identify industrial partners in the composites industry, to develop proposals for federal,state and industry-funded R&D and demonstration programs in cooperation with industry partners, andto manage industry-cooperative R&D programs.
Background: Established by the National Science Foundation in 1996, the Advanced Structures andComposites Center is a recognized leader in the development of advanced materials in structural, civil infrastructure, offshore wind, defense, and boatbuilding applications. The Center is housed in a world-leading 100,000 ft 2 laboratory and typically employs 150-200 faculty, staff and students. The Center regularly conducts 100-200 active research projects at any point in time and has received numerous national awards of excellence for its research and development activities including from the AmericanComposites Manufacturing Association, SAMPE, SNAME, the American Society of Civil Engineers, theAmerican Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Federal Highway Administration.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of applicants has been received. To view a full job description and to apply for this position go to: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=36429&job=wood- composites-technologist and provide the following information:
The contact information of three (3) references
Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience of the successful candidate. This position is contingent upon funding and successful performance. Evaluation will take place in the initial six months of employment and annually thereafter in accordance with the UMPSA agreement.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings,