International Convention

Forest Products Society

Leadership

Executive Board

The Forest Products Society has a rich tradition of leadership dating back to its founding in 1947. The past presidents can be found here. The Executive Board is the governing body of the Forest Products Society, consisting of four Executive Officers (President, President-Elect, Vice President, and Past President) and eight Regional Board members.

President

David DeVallance
Associate Professor
West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
(304) 293-0029


In 1997, David DeVallance received his B.S. degree in wood products processing and manufacturing from the Pennsylvania State University. After graduating, he worked for PFS Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin as a Staff Engineer working on the training of manufactured home inspectors and testing of engineered wood studs and joists. From 1998 to 2009, he worked for TECO as a Staff Scientist and managed a variety wood products research testing projects and was in charge with both testing and oversight for a large-scale project related to the development of oriented strand board design value data. He also developed data acquisition systems, assisted in machine design, and performed field claim inspections and a variety of technical duties. While in industry, he was actively involved in ASTM standard development, was a member of the PFS Research Foundation Technical Committee and served as an industry representative/advisor for the National Conference on Weights and Measures and at USDA Forest Products Laboratory Research Liaison Meetings. In 2003, he received his M.S. degree in Wood Science from Oregon State University. His master's thesis research involved investigating influences of veneer surface roughness, lathe check, and annual ring characteristics on gluebond quality of Douglas-fir plywood. The results of this research led to the receipt of the 2005 Wood Award from the Forest Products Society. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in Wood Science from Oregon State University. His doctoral research focused on development of an optical scanning system to non-destructively predict veneer and laminated veneer lumber tensile properties. Since 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor of Wood Science and Technology in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). In 2013, he was also appointed as the Program Coordinator for the Wood Science and Technology program at WVU. He serves as the Site Director for the NEWBio Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program (BBEP) at WVU and is a Faculty Fellow in the Environmental Research Center (ERC) at WVU.

His current research focuses on feasibility of biomass for co-generation, biomass pre-processing and pelletizing, development of bio-based composite materials, non-destructive material evaluation, evaluation of wood chips for water quality improvement in livestock confinement areas, and adhesion and structural properties of cross laminated timbers (CLTs).

He has served as session chair for technical sessions at SWST Conventions and as session organizer for the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASABE). He is currently the Chairman of the Membership committee for SWST.

President-Elect

Dr. Hui Wan
Mississippi State University, Ph.D
Royal Veterinary and Ag University, M.S.
Hunan University, B.S.

Research Interests:
New products design and development for residential and non residential floor construction
Bio-based composite panel products manufacture, process & quality control, and evaluation
Bio-based composite resins manufacture and evaluation
Wood and wood composite modification and dimensional stabilization
Biomaterial-water relations, wood-polymer relations, wood microstructure

Vice President

Paige McKinley

Paige McKinley grew up in western North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Science and Forest Products, with a concentration in Residential Wood Structures, from Virginia Tech in May of 2014. Upon graduation, she began her graduate studies at Oregon State University, working under Fred Kamke and Ari Sinha in Wood Science and Engineering. Her Masters project focused on wood-adhesive bonds and the influences of moisture on the integrity of the bond. She earned her Master of Science in August of 2016.  During her studies at Virginia Tech and Oregon State University, she held officer positions in the FPS Student Chapters.  She now lives in Medford, OR and is an Industrial Engineer for Boise Cascade, working on quality and process improvements for the Western Oregon Region.

The Vice President leads the planning of the following year’s annual convention and is expected to serve a four-year term on the FPS Executive Board moving through the offices of Vice President, President Elect President, and Past President.

Past President

Dr. Richard P. Vlosky
Director
Louisiana Forest Products Development Center
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
227-School of Renewable Natural Resources
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202
(225) 578-4527

Richard Vlosky is Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor in Forest Sector Business Development at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. He received his Ph.D. in Wood Products Marketing at Penn State University, an M.S. in International Forest Products Trade from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Forest Management from Colorado State University.

His areas of research and consulting include: biofuels/bioprocessing & bioenergy, domestic and international forest products mar- keting and business development, certification & green marketing, eBusiness and eCommerce. He has authored or co-authored over 135 refereed publications, 15 book chapters and 4 books. Dr. Vlosky has made over 350 presentations on a variety of topics in the U.S. and 28 countries.

He has shown consistent commitment in serving the Forest Products Society since becoming a member 20 years ago. In addition to leadership as Membership Chair for the Mid-South Section, Rich has been involved in a number of strategic leadership roles at the National level. His most current activity was chairing the 2013 International Convention Coordinating Committee for the meet- ing held in Austin, Texas June 9-11, 2013. From 1995-present he is a Reviewer for the Forest Products Journal.

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2017 International Nominating Committee

 

Mike Freeman
Independent Wood Scientist, Memphis, TN, USA 

Scott Leavengood
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA 

World Nieh
USDA Forest Service, Arlington, VA, USA   

Chen Zhangjing
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Regional Board Members

Eastern Canadian Region

Dr. Ahmed Koubaa
Professeur chercheur
Université du Québec 
Institut_Recherche Forets
445 boul. de l'Université
Rouyn-Noranda QC J9X 5E4
+1 819-762-0971  x 2579
Term of office expires June 2019

Northwest Region

Charles Gale
Forest and Wood Products Consultant
Portland, OR, USA

Charles is currently a consultant in forest research and wood product industry.   Recently he was a Manufacturing Analyst and Sales and Ops Planner with Stimson Lumber Company. Prior to that, Charles was with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) having published several GTR’s and various Journal publications. He has extensive experience conducting economic wood product industry analysis, forestry and logging utilization studies, and research for improving efficiencies in manufacturing operations.   He has also worked at MAEDC in Montana conducting foundational and background analysis for Montana’s Wood Product revolving loan fund now called WPRLF.   Charles has a Resource Conservation Major and Climate Change minor from the University of Montana Forestry School. 

The primary responsibility of a Regional Board Member is to act as the liaison between the Executive Board, the International Office, and the Section(s) and Chapter(s) they represent. The Regional Board Member is responsible for keeping Members in all Sections and Chapters in his or her Region informed of Society policies and for serving as the Members' advocate in the forming of Society policies and programs.

South Central Region

Richard F. (“Dick”) Baldwin
President
Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC
826 S. Church Ave.
Louisville, MS 39339
(662) 705-5052
Term of office expires June 2019

Southeast Region

Fred Kurpiel
President, Georgia Research Institute
PO Box 2448, Peachtree City, GA 30269
Phone: 678-642-1238
Term of office expires 06/18

 

North Central Region

Nicole Stark
Research Chemical Engineer
Engineered Composites Science Group
USDA Forest Products Laboratory
1 Gifford Pinchot Dr, Madison, WI 53726, USA
Phone: 608-231-9200
Term of office expires 06/19

Nicole Stark is a Research Chemical Engineer in the Engineered Composites Science Group at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She has been in a research position at FPL since 2003, and prior to that she was a support scientist at FPL. Her research focus is to understand the raw materials, processing and performance of composites from wood or other natural fibers and plastics. Her research includes incorporating alternative raw materials such as biopolymers, low-value woody biomass, and biorefinery residuals into high-value composites. Specific research interests include coating wood composites for improved durability, changes in surface chemistry of wood-plastic composites during photodegradation, the moisture performance and fiber performance of wood-plastic composites, the use of nanotechnology to improve wood-plastic composites, and the use of cellulose nanofibers in polymer composites. Nicole obtained her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. degree in Forest Science from Michigan Technological University.

European Section

Dr.Eng.Dr. Marius C. Barbu
Professor of Faculty for Wood Engineering, University "Transilvania" Brasov, Romania since 2002
Head of Research and Development of BinderHolz Group, Tyrol, Austria between 2001-2006
Professor of the Center for Wood Economics, MIN Faculty, University of Hamburg, Germany between 2006 and 2011
Professor of Dept. for Forest Products Technology and Timber Construction, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria since 2011
Extraordinary Professor of Dept. for Forestry and Wood Science, Faculty of AgriSciences University of Stellenbosch, South Africa since 2014
Adjurn Professor of Center for Renewable Carbon, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA since 2014
FH-Salzburg,
Markt 136a
5431 Kuchl/Salzburg
Austria

Double career in university and industry (R&D) concerning the studies of design of wood panels, development and implementation of prototypes, optimization of the manufacturing processes, and reduction of the environment impact for the wood panels industry. Leader of projects on different levels from lab to industrial scale including the first production runs and patent applications. Teaching as invited or associate professor in 4 languages at the main established universities in Europe, Asia, South America providing courses in wood composite science and technology. Marius has given over 100 presentations at conferences around the world, written many books and chapters, been chairman and co-organizer of many scientific events/ training courses in Europe and Asia, and sits as a member of many professional organizations.

Committees

Annual International Convention Planning Committee

This committee is responsible for planning all social events and several other functions related to the International Convention. The chair is appointed by the Executive Board; in most instances the appointee is the Regional Board member from the Section that is hosting the meeting. The chair is responsible for appointing members from the host Section to serve on the committee.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee Chair is appointed by the President, with the approval of the Executive Board, for a three-year term. The chair selects committee chairmen for each of the Society's Awards, and ensures that nominations are received by the various award committees by the required deadline dates.

Executive Committee

The President serves as the chair of this committee with the President-Elect, Vice President, and Past President serving as committee members. The Executive Committee is responsible for exercising the authority of the entire Executive Board in instances in which the Board delegates such authority. All actions of the Executive Committee must be reported in writing to the Executive Board within 30 days.

International Nominating Committee

The chair of this committee is the immediate Past President. The purpose of the committee is to select nominees to run for the offices of Vice President, Regional Board and the next year's International Nominating Committee.

Past Forest Product Society Presidents

1947-1948  Fred W. Gottschalk
1948-1949 George Garratt
1949-1950 Edward Locke
1950-1951 James Hamilton
1951-1952 Roy Carter
1952-1953 Kenneth Chesley
1953-1954 R.D. Pauley
1954-1955 Lester Carr
1955-1956 Moss Christian
1956-1957 Ralph Bescher
1957-1958 Frank Kaufert
1958-1959 W. Jeter Eason
1959-1960 E.S. Harrar
1960-1961 R.H. Berry
1961-1962 D.K. Saunders
1962-1963 T.S. Veazey
1963-1964 F.E. Dickinson
1964-1965 H.O. Fleischer
1965-1966 C.M. Kreider
1966-1967 A.F. Muschler
1967-1968 J.R. Stillinger
1968-1969 Eric Anderson
1969-1970 George Marra
1970-1971 Willard Gullickson
1971-1972 R.W. Wellwood
1972-1973 Peter Koch
1973-1974 James Love
1974-1975 Richard Blomquist
1975-1976 F.F. Wangaard
1976-1977 Howard Olson
1977-1978 John Haygreen
1978-1979 Angelo Ingrassia
1979-1980 F. Alan Tayelor
1980-1981 Paul Beattie
1981-1982 Thomas Maloney
1982-1983 Alan Lambuth
1983-1984 Terry Sellers, Jr.
1984-1985 D. Billings Swain
1985-1986 Richard Thomas
1986-1987 Glbert Comstock
1987-1988 Michael O’Halloran
1988-1989 Kenneth Peterson
1989-1990 Michael Taras
1990-1991 Michael Hunt
1991-1992 William Galligan
1992-1993 Harry Warren
1993-1994 Jim Bowyer
1994-1995 W. Kieth Morley
1995-1996 John Youngquist
1996-1997 Eddie Price
1997-1998 Geza Ifju
1998-1999 Bill Boehner
1999-2000 Janice Wiedenbeck
2000-2001 Daryle Layton
2001-2002 Frank Beall
2002-2003 Norman Kutscha
2003-2004 Paul Winistorfer
2004-2005 Ian de la Roche
2005-2006 W. Ramsay Smith
2006-2007 Robert Little
2007-2008 H. Michael Barnes
2008-2009 Anthony Weatherspoon
2009-2010 John Shelly
2010-2011 Barry Goodell
2011-2012 Paul Merrick
2012-2013 Patrice Tardif
2013-2014 Tim Young
2014-2015 Niels de Hoop
2015-2016 Maureen Puettmann
2016-2017 Richard Vlosky
2017-2018David DeVallance