​​Wood Research Lab

Assist wood products manufacturers and consumers in gaining the greatest benefit from responsible use of wood by developing new knowledge to reduce raw material costs, improve processing technologies, and encourage innovation in product development, thus integrating industrial competitiveness with natural resource conservation through science and engineering.

Wood Research Laboratory​


Primary and secondary wood products manufacturing processes
Carl Eckelman
Computer-aided furniture design and engineering, school furniture for developing countries
Application of operations research techniques to secondary wood products industries
Strength design and product engineering of furniture, emerging furniture design challenges especiall with reduced environmental impact




Graduate students work with their major professor and advisory committee to develop a plan of study that is customized to their individual needs.

Graduate Areas of Specialization

  • Advanced wood products manufacturing
  • Wood products business development
  • Environmental performance of wood products, furniture design and construction




Undergraduate students work with faculty and staff in the Office of Student Services to select courses that fulfill their interests and requirements of their major.

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