Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to Wood Materials and Adhesives

  • Live Event Only

  • Speakers:

    • Adam Taylor, PhD | University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon

    • ​Robert Breyer, PhD | Georgia-Pacific Chemicals​

Pre-Conference Workshop: Design of Experiments for Rapid Innovation

  • Live or Virtual Options Available

  • Speaker:

    • Timothy Young, PhD | University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon​

Golf Outing at King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort


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1:30 PM

Registration and Exhibit Hall Opens

Opening Remarks, Recognition of Sponsors and Welcome

Keynote 1Roy O Martin III, Chairman, CEO, CFO, RoyOMartin

Keynote 2 – Kurt Koch, VP of Product Engineering and Quality, Huber Engineered Wood

Keynote 3 – Wendy Owens, Founder and CEO, Hexas Biomass, LLC

Keynote 4 – Harold Arnold, President, Fram Renewable Fuels, LLC

Break with Exhibitors

Plenary 1 – Charles Waddell, President, GeoPlasma Solutions, ‘Innovations in Air Quality Cleansing for Removing COVID in the Work Place’

Plenary 2 – Matt Holt, Director of Quality, Roseburg Forest Products, ‘How Data Science is changing the Forest Products Industry

Plenary 3Charles Gale, Strategic Business Analyst, SmartLam North America

Plenary 4 – Bob Breyer, GP Chemicals, ‘The Future of the Forest Products Industry and How Can You Help us Get There’

Open Questions and Discussion

Concurrent Session 1: Wood Adhesives

  • Brian Via, Auburn University – ‘Soy Flour substituted pMDI for Wood Composites’

  • Joseph Marcinko, Polymer Synergies – ‘Solid-State Deuterium NMR Used to Study the Mobility of Water in Wood and Its Influence on Moisture Cure Adhesives

  • Sudip Chowdhury, The Willamette Valley Company – ‘Commodity to Value-Added Proposition: Engineered Waxes for Enhanced Panel Performance and Improved Safety

Concurrent Session 2: Structural Panels and Lumber

  • R.A. Breyer, GP Chemicals – ‘Why We Should Transform Plywood Bond Performance Testing’

  • Guangmei Cao Anderson, Mississippi State University - ‘Fitting Statistical Distribution Models to MOE and MOR in Mill-Run Red Pine and Spruce Lumber Populations’

  • Frank C. Owens, Mississippi State University – ‘Some Problems with Lower-tail Fitting in Modeling Strength Distributions of Lumber’

  • Richard Baldwin, Oak Creek Investments – ‘Keeping Structural and decorative wood products relevant: development of alternative products, fibers, and processes’

Concurrent Session 3: Applications of Data Science and AI

  • Ed Sobek, GeoPlasma Solutions – ‘How data science is used with ionization innovation to reduce COVID risk in the work space’

  • Tim Young, University of Tennessee – ‘The data science revolution and Industrie 4.0’

  • Terry Liles, Huber Engineered Wood – ‘Application of EVOP in Wood Products Industry’

  • Chloe Ericksen, University of Tennessee – ‘Interfacing ‘R’ software with JMP for machine learning and AI’

3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 4: Innovation and Global Circular Bioeconomy

  • Ronald Gonzales, North Carolina State University – ‘How Global Megatrends will Shape the Forest Product Industry in the Next 10 Years’

  • Dick Baldwin, Oak Creek Investments – ‘Wood Utilization and Carbon Accounting within a  Forest Based Circular Bioeconomy’

  • Don Hodges, University of Tennessee – ‘A new MS-Forestry Curriculum at The University of Tennessee with a unique focus in data science’

Concurrent Session 5: Innovation in Material Sciences

  • David Harper, University of Tennessee 

  • Anton Astner, University of Tennessee – ‘Component yield maximization of organosolv fractionated softwood combines with rapid prediction of linin thermal properties’

Concurrent Session 6: Innovation and Optimization

  • Siqun Wang, University of Tennessee – ‘Optimizing Wood Composite Processing and Properties Via Press Control Strategies’

  • Scott Leavengood, Oregon State University – ‘Teaching lean manufacturing principles via remote instruction’

  • Rubin Shmulsky, Mississippi State University - ‘Development of access mat software for efficient specification, safe deployment, and environmental protection’

  • Mark Gagnon, Penn State University – ‘Pressurized Radio Frequency Heating of Wood to Meet ISPM-15 Requirements’

5:30 PM

6:30 PM

Cocktails by the Ocean



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10:30 AM

Concurrent Session7: Virtual A

  • Nathan Koelli, University of Applied Sciences and Arts TH OWL, Germany – ‘Densification and press-drying of wet oil palm lumber’

  • Daniela Domjlan, University of Zagreb – ‘School furniture design - a comparison in primary schools in the Czech Republic, Croatia and the USA’


  • Martin Reigler, BOKU University

Concurrent Session 8: Virtual B

  • Sergei Medved, University of Ljubljana

Concurrent Session 9: Session Topic Coming Soon

Concurrent Session 10: Innovation in Data Science Applications

  • Timothy Young, University of Tennessee – ‘Discovering Interaction Effects and Aliasing Structures from Regression Trees as Precursor to Designed Experimentation’

Concurrent Session 11: Session Topic Coming Soon

  • Laya Khademibami, Mississippi State University - ‘Abrasion resistance and hardness assessment of five U.S. Hardwoods’

Concurrent Session 12: Session Topic Coming Soon

  • Richard Poindexter, Search North America - ‘Wood Products Employment Trends & How To Keep Your Employees Engaged’