Course Information

February 28 - March 2, 2017
Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

An Informative Three-Day Course Empowering You with the Basics of Wood and Wood Based Products. Understand Environmental Advantages of Wood, Product Properties and More!

What Will I learn?

1. This course teaches the basics of wood properties by introducing how trees are grown, harvested and processed. A from the forest to usage will help attendees have a well-rounded understanding of the industry.

2. Participants develop an understanding of wood anatomy and how changes in the forest lead to changes in product performance.

3. Participants will also discuss current issues in the forest products industry, along with green building and product testing

4. Tour of Shuqualak Lumber Company, one of the Southeast’s largest independent suppliers of southern yellow pine.

Who Should Attend?

- New employees in wood products manufacturing
- Suppliers and consultants who support wood products companies
- Those needing increased knowledge of wood and its behavior
- Claims agents

What Do Past Attendees Say?

“Well rounded content”

“Great job on this Inaugural course”

“I found the basic anatomy lesson at the beginning to be a big help”

 

State-of-the-Art Forest Products and Wood Science Learning Center

This course will be held at the Mississippi State University's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts whose mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social, and professional development of its students by providing them with knowledge and skills needed to utilize and conserve diverse forest resources effectively. In this regard, the department's primary teaching responsibility is to provide high quality educational opportunities necessary to adequately prepare students for professional and scientific careers in forest products and wood science.

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Instructors

Dr. Rubin Shmulsky<

Dr. Rubin Shmulsky

Mississippi State University
Professor and Head, FWRC - Forest Products


Rubin Shmulsky is professor and head of the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts (formerly Forest Products) at Mississippi State University. In that role he provides leadership for the department’s comprehensive teaching, research, and Extension/outreach mission. His research and teaching program focuses on production methods and applications for wood products. Prior to working at MSU, he served on the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota, Department of Wood and Paper Science. He earned his degrees at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and MSU.




Hui Wan

Hui Wan

Mississippi State University
Associate Professor, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts


Dr. Wan received his B.S. in forest products at Central Southern University of Forestry and Technology in China, his master degree in wood composite at the Royal Agriculture University of Copenhagen, Denmark and his Ph.D. in wood composites at Mississippi State University, USA. He worked at FPInnovations and was a trustee of Forest Product Society Eastern Canadian Section for about 10 years and a reviewer of National Science and Education Foundation of Canada. He also served as an adjunct professor at University Laval for about 10 years. His research interests are sustainable manufacturing forest products, wood adhesives, recycling, and new forest products development. He has developed 7 patents or patent applications.


Misty T. Booth

Misty T. Booth

Forest Supervisor (MS RF #2041)
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show Executive Vice President
FWRC/MAFES Operations
Mississippi State University


Worked for MSU Forest Operations for eleven years, with the last five years as Forest Supervisor and Executive Vice President of the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show. Previously worked for USDA Wildlife Services (five years). Graduate of MSU College of Forest Resources. Native of Brandon, MS.


Frank Owens

Frank Owens

Mississippi State University
Research Associate, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts


Since 2001 Frank Owens has been involved exclusively in international business specializing in the global marketing and sourcing of wood products. He has traveled to over 25 countries and lived abroad for eight years in East Asia and the Middle East. Fluent in Japanese, he holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in East Asian languages from UCLA. He is currently conducting international marketing research in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University, where he is also enrolled as a Ph.D. student.

H. Michael Barnes

H. Michael Barnes

Mississippi State University
Warren S. Thompson Professor of Wood Science and Technology


Dr. H. Michael “Mike” Barnes is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of wood preservation and durability. He received a BS in Forestry from LSU in 1965 and a MS in Forest Products Technology from LSU in 1968. He was awarded in PhD in Wood Products Engineering in 1973 from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has been on the faculty at Mississippi State University since 1971 and was awarded the title of W. S. Thompson Distinguished Professorship in Wood Science & Technology in 2007. He is also an adjunct Professor at Nanjing Forestry University. Dr. Barnes has served as President for the two largest forest products organizations in North America – Forest Products Society (FPS) and Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) and currently serves as editor of Wood & Fiber Science for SWST. Mike has been elected as a Fellow in SWST, International Academy of Wood Science, and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. He has received the highest award from the following societies: Distinguished Service Award, Society of Wood Science & Technology; Gottschalk Award, Forest Products Society; Award of Merit, American Wood Protection Association; and Award of Merit, Railway Tie Association. Moreover, he received Distinguished Service Award from FPS in 2008; and Alumnus of the Year from the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources in 2004. In 2005 he received the Mississippi State University Office of Research’s highest award, the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Mike is well recognized internationally for his research in wood deterioration & preservation. He has published over 200+ articles, given over 330+ presentations in 15+ countries, and garnered extramural funding over $12 million. He has also authored three patents. Mike has a passion for teaching, service and for youth which is evidenced by his many awards in these areas.

Program

An informative three-day course covering the basics of wood and wood based products. Topics featured include:
- Introduction to Wood Products
- Forest Management
- Timber Harvesting
- Wood Anatomy and Properties
- Density and Specific Gravity
- Wood and Water
- Dimensional change
- Lumber Production
- Wood Drying
- Mechanics & Design Values
- Engineered Wood Products
- Wood Durability and Protection

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Attendees of the course will be treated to a tour of one of the Southeast’s largest independent suppliers of southern yellow pine, Shuqualak Lumber Company in Shuqualak, MS. This family owned facility recently invested in a state-of-the-art operation upgrade, and expanded annual production capacity to more than 125 million board feet. Shuqualak products are manufactured in accordance with Southern Pine Inspection Bureau guidelines, primarily 2″ lumber (from 2″ x 4″ through 2″ x 12″), available in grades #1, #2, #3 and #4.



Tour attendees will see an operation of unsurpassed efficiency, raw material utilization and product quality. Shuqualak Lumber is also dedicated to the best practices of safety and environmentally-sound sustainability. They’ve implemented a comprehensive materials recycling and repurposing program which ensures that virtually nothing goes to waste—whether it’s the sawdust used for fuel in the boilers heating their kilns, or the wood chips they sell to the makers of cellulosic fiber used in baby diapers. More at http://shuqualak.com

  • Day 1 - Tuesday, February 28th


    7:30 am Van leaves from Hampton Inn
  • 8:00 am Introduction to Wood Products - Rubin Shmulsky

    Provides a brief over view of wood products from the forest, through production and utilization


    Forest Management - Misty Booth

    Discussion of various objectives and obstacles associated with growing trees for timber production


    Timber Harvesting - Misty Booth

    Provides information on how standing trees/ forests are sustainably harvested and delivered to sawmills or other timber conversion facilities; followed by replanting and reforestation

  • 9:45 am Break
  • 10:00 am Wood anatomy and properties - Mike Barnes

    Overview of the many anatomical difference between and among trees. Information on how anatomy and structure can influence strength, coatings, gluing, preservative treating, and other factor

  • 11:00 am Density and Specific Gravity - Rubin Shmulsky

    The nature of wood density. Why some woods are heavier than others. How this property influences many others such as strength, stiffness, pulp yield, etc.

  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Wood and Water - Rubin Shmulsky

    Relationship between wood and its affinity for water. How it adsorbs and desorbs moisture with the atmosphere throughout its service life, bound and free water in wood

  • 2:00 pm Dimensional change - Rubin Shmulsky

    The nature of shrinking and swelling in response to environmental moisture and humidity changes. How dimensional change can impact things like gaps in flooring and cause cupping in deck boards

  • 3:00 pm Lumber Production - Rubin Shmulsky

    Presentation of the typical sawing processes used to convert round logs into rectangular boards for both hardwoods and softwood

  • 4:30 pm Adjourn for the day – Van back to Hampton Inn Dinner on your own
  • Day 2 - Wednesday, March 1st


    7:30 am Tour of Shuqualak Lumber Company

    Bus leaves from MSU

    See one of the Southeast’s largest independent suppliers of southern yellow pine. This family owned facility recently invested in a state-of-the-art operation upgrade, and expanded annual production capacity to more than 125 million board feet. Shuqualak products are manufactured in accordance with Southern Pine Inspection Bureau guidelines, primarily 2″ lumber (from 2″ x 4″ through 2″ x 12″), available in grades #1, #2, #3 and #4.
    Tour attendees will see an operation of unsurpassed efficiency, raw material utilization and product quality. Shuqualak Lumber is also dedicated to the best practices of safety and environmentally- sound sustainability.

  • 12:00 pm Lunch and return to MSU
  • 1:00 pm Wood Drying - Rubin Shmulsky

    Air and kiln drying overview. Why it is necessary to remove water from wood, how water is typically removed, along with kiln operations

  • 2:30 pm Mechanics & Design Values - Rubin Shmulsky

    Bending strength and stiffness; compression, shear, and tensile strength. How we evaluate the strength of wood and how that is used to design safe structures.

  • 4:00 pm Adjourn for the day – Van back to Hampton Inn Dinner on your own
  • Day 3 - Thursday, March 2nd


    7:30 am Van leaves from Hampton Inn
  • 8:00 am Importing and exporting lumber products - Frank Owens
  • 9:00 am Engineered Wood Products - Hui Wan

    Overview of the many families of wood composite products, their similarities and differences, and various performance characteristics of each

  • 10:20 am Break
  • 10:30 am Wood Durability and Protection - Mike Barnes

    How and why wood decays and steps that are commonly taken to protect and preserve wood in an effort to enhance its service life

  • 12:00 pm Lunch and Adjourn
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Fees & Registration

$ 1,490 FPS Member $ 1,750 Non-Member
Early Bird
by Jan 30, 2017

$ 1,740 FPS Member $ 1,995 Non-Member
Regular Registration
Jan. 31st, 2017 or later

Group Rate (3+ same company)
Early Bird:
$1,290 (FPS Member
$1,5500 (Non-Member)

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Group Rate (3+ same company)
Regular:
$1,515 (FPS Member)
$1,775 (Non-Member)

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Registration fee covers - attendance fee, course workbook, meals, tour of a local mill. Nonmembers receive one-year membership in the Forest Products Society. 

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Hampton Inn Starksville
700 Highway 12, Starkville, Mississippi, 39759, USA

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801 Russell St., Starkville, MS, 39759, USA

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