International Convention

Forest Products Society

Dr. Joseph Jakes

Joseph E. Jakes
Research Materials Engineer
Forest Biopolymers Science & Engineering
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive Madison, WI 53726
E-mail: Phone: 608-231-9308

Since 2010 Joseph Jakes has been a Research Materials Engineer in the Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering group at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI. He received a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. Also in 2005 he was accepted into a USDA Forest Service student trainee position and began conducting nanoindentation research at the Forest Products Laboratory that led to the completion of his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.  His current research interests include developing advanced material characterization techniques to probe structures and properties at micrometer length scales and below, and applying the techniques to develop structure-property relationships in wood cell walls. Joseph has authored over 45 refereed papers and his work has been recognized through numerous invited talks, an invitation to spend two years as a visiting scientist at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory (2013-2015), and numerous awards including the 2008 Forest Products Society Wood Award, 2012 Presidential Award for Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and 2017 Forest Products Society Wood Engineering Achievement Award: Young Engineer. He has been an active member of FPS since 2007 attending and presenting at annual meetings, co-organizing symposiums, and serving as the student chair for the 2018 and 2019 FPS International Conference.