Monthly Archives: January 2017

Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Washington State University and Iowa State University

Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) provides undergraduate students a chance to
participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. The students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials.

During the program, the students will participate in a series of bioplastics short courses, have responsibility for an independent research project performed with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and engage with leading industry experts from the Industrial Advisory Board of the CB2.


For more information click REU flyer-Summer2017

Renewable Natural Resource Foundation (RNRF) Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment held December 6-7, 2016

As the RNRF Board Member for SWST, I attended the RNRF Congress on Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment at the American Geophysical Union Conference Facility in Washington, DC, December 5-6, 2016. The Congress brought together 54 attendees from federal agencies, associations, institutes, academia, and private companies. The subject, “Big Data”, was defined as data sets that are too large and too complex to be processed by traditional applications.

Thirteen experts gave excellent talks on a variety of aspects about big data. They explored opportunities to use big data for decision-making in natural resource management and environmental policy, and they surveyed ways big data can help facilitate effective responses to complex issues. The volume of data generated today is unprecedented compared to years past, and this volume tests our ability to refine and analyze data. The presentations ranged from challenges and limitations of applying big data for the environment, to an examination of emerging new technologies such as satellites, improved sensors, and data analysis. Other topics included data gaps to be addressed to better understand environmental indicators, and the role and capacity of the private sector to harness big data for improving the environment.

The second day of the congress featured five case studies highlighting the use of big data as decision-making tools for on-the-ground action on a global to local scale. Speakers discussed their experiences navigating the big data landscape to restore and sustain critical natural resources. Probably of most interest to SWST Members were the predicted conditions of forests and forested lands and the challenges faced in collecting, storing, and accessing high quality big data. The Congress provided a variety of perspectives on how these big data tools can be effective in decision-making and practical application?

More information can be found on the RNRF website:

Howard N. Rosen
SWST RNRF Representative

Technical Service Representative

Franklin International, world class manufacturer of Titebond products, is looking for a full time Technical Service Representative. This position is responsible for serving as a technical expert with regard to the use and application of Franklin’s products and supporting internal and external customers.

Fundamental Job Tasks:
>Enhances customer satisfaction by partnering with customers to develop solutions to problems.
>Gathers and interprets information from technical data, experience, and co-workers to better answer questions and formulate answers.
>Expands technical knowledge by product testing, researching, training, and interaction with technical staff members.
>Uses test equipment to collect information on properties and performance of products and evaluates the test results based upon acceptance criteria.
>Fosters cross-training and product improvement by analyzing and reporting on information developed from customer contact and/or product testing.

Knowledge and Skills Required:
Technical BS degree (wood technology preferred) with 0 – 3 years of experience. Must have mechanical aptitude for designing, operating, and troubleshooting product dispensing, testing and processing equipment. Analytical skills necessary to identify and resolve problems, as well as superior communication skills are required. Travel is required 10-20% of the time.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., Franklin International was established in 1935 and today is among the largest privately held manufacturers of adhesives, sealants and polymers for commercial and industrial applications. Franklin integrates its core competency – emulsion polymerization – into a broad product offering, including glues, adhesives, hot melts, binders, sizing compounds and more. These products are distributed across six continents for use in construction, furniture manufacturing, millwork, paper converting, pressure-sensitive products and fiberglass reinforcement.

Franklin International is proud of our family-friendly atmosphere. We are small enough that people know your name, but big enough to have the resources available to do some amazing things within our industry. Our award-winning benefits program includes a wide range of benefits from medical, dental, and vision insurance to more unique options like a free on-site fitness center, nurse health coach, 529 Plan matching, and adoption support.​​ Our average employee tenure is over twelve years; learn why at

Assistant/Associate Professor Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University

The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University is seeking to fill a 12-month, Tenure-track, fulltime, Assistant/Associate Professor Position 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 aspects of adhesion technology which may include resins, coatings, polymers, engineered composites, polymer chemistry, or similar field. The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, from an accredited institution of higher learning in either wood science/forest products/sustainable bioproducts or an allied scientific discipline such as polymer science, engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, or other as appropriate. Two years of 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 adhesives technology, composites engineering, polymer chemistry, 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, and other departmental responsibilities as appropriate. The applicant must demonstrate strong communication skills and will be expected to develop a national reputation in sustainable bioproducts as well as maintain a focus on adding value to state- and regional-based stakeholders. Application Process: All applicants must apply on line at , Attach required documents (in one pdf file): a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Research Plan, transcripts of all degrees, and two letters of professional recommendation (option: the letters of recommendation may be sent directly to: ). Screening of applications will begin January 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Skype/video conference Interviews may be requested. NOTE: Official transcripts of all degrees will be required upon employment.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.More

1st International Conference On Timber Structures and Engineering

The 1st International Conference on Timber Structures is being organised by the Wessex Institute in collaboration with the Technical Centre of Wood Industry in Belgium.

Rapid advances have recently been made in the development and processing of innovative ecologically friendly wood products. A wide range of new structural shapes can now be fabricated and used to construct buildings and bridges which have minimal impact on the environment. Wood is particularly attractive since it is renewable and has no carbon footprint when it is harvested in a sustainable way. Timber structures are ecologically sound and comparatively low cost. The material lends itself to innovative design and new types of composites offer reliable, robust and safe materials.

The Conference will explore the latest developments in wood products and their application as structural components with emphasis on new research and real applications. It is intended to provide a platform for the presentation and discussion between researchers and practitioners of new and innovative ideas in this important field.


Graduate Research Assistantship: Lignocellulosic Biomaterials

The Michigan Technological University (MTU) School of Forest Resources and Environmental
Science (SFRES) is seeking outstanding and motivated applicants for a 3-year Graduate
Research Assistantship at PhD level to study lignocellulosic biomaterials, focusing on lignin
utilization and biomass-based carbon. The assistantship includes full stipend and tuition.

Applicants must have strong background in organic chemistry and polymer science. A degree in
chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical engineering, and research experience in renewable
biopolymers is preferred. Preference will also be given to applicants with a Master’s degree. The
applicants must be willing to collaborate with others and able to work as a team member.

To apply, create one single PDF file including: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3)
unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate courses; and (4) contact information of three
references. International applicants whose first language is not English must include unofficial
GRE and TOEFL scores. In the cover letter, please explain your qualification, research interest,
and research experience related to this position. Please name the PDF file with your last name
and email it to Dr. Xinfeng Xie ( In the email subject line type “Re:
Lignocellulosic Biomaterials Assistantship”. Reviewing of applications will begin immediately
and continue until the position is filled. Desirable candidates will be invited to submit their
official applications to MTU Graduate School.

Please contact Dr. Xinfeng Xie (, Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials,
for more information.

The student will be based in Houghton, Michigan within MTU SFRES. MTU is located in
Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior, an excellent place for
outdoor adventure. Houghton, Michigan is a safe and friendly community
(see for more about life in the area).