International Convention

Forest Products Society

Wood Engineering Achievement
Award: Engineering Innovation

The Engineering Innovation Award (2018) honors specific contributions to the discipline of wood engineering. These contributions may, or may not, have reached the marketplace, but they must offer high potential for doing so. Nominations of individuals, projects, or products/devices are acceptable.

Submit nomination by February 1, 2018

Award history

The Wood Engineering Achievement Award recognizes excellence in the discipline of wood engineering. Measurable and significant impact on the field of wood engineering must be demonstrated by the winner, with tangible evidence of accomplishment in the field being the key. The award is designed to honor achievements in the design of structures or structural elements, or in the development of building codes, consensus standards, design procedures, or educational programs related to wood engineering. The award alternates each year between three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Young Engineer, and Engineering Innovation.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual for their cumulative contributions to the discipline of wood engineering. Significant and measurable impact must be demonstrated and tangible evidence of accomplishment in the marketplace is key.

The Young Engineer Award honors an individual who has provided a valuable contribution to the field of wood engineering. This award is intended to encourage young (40 years of age or younger) engineers, researchers, or scientists with promising potential for significant contribution to the field.

The Engineering Innovation Award honors specific contributions to the discipline of wood engineering. These contributions may, or may not, have reached the marketplace, but they must offer high potential for doing so. Nominations of individuals, projects, or products/devices are acceptable.

The Wood Engineering Achievement Award was established in 1996 by the Wood Engineering Division of the Forest Products Society.

Past recipients

2017 // Joseph Jakes, Ph.D. (Young Engineer)
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

2016 // Dr. Rakesh Gupta (Lifetime Achievement)
Oregon State University

2015 // Accsys Technologies (Engineering Innovation)
ACCOYA

2014 // Samuel Zelinka (Young Engineer)
Materials Research Engineer, USDA FS Forest Products Laboratory

2013 // Erol Karacabeyli (Lifetime Achievement)
Manager of Building Systems Department, FPInnovations

2012 // Equilibrium Consulting (Engineering Innovation)

2011 // David Moses (Young Engineer)
Principal, Moses Structural Engineers, Inc., Canada

2010 // David W. Green (Lifetime Achievement)
Honoring a lifetime of achievement in wood engineering, the award was presented to Dave Green.

2009 // Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Engineering Innovation)
Honoring the innovative design for the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, the award was presented to the design team at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

2008 // Ghasan Doudak (Young Engineer)
Honoring a young engineer for his significant contributions in the field of wood engineering, the award was presented to Ghasan Doudak, Manager – Wood and Structural Standards, Canadian Wood Council.

2007 // Roy Pellerin (Lifetime Achievement)
Honoring a lifetime of achievement in wood engineering, the award was presented to Roy Pellerin.

2006 // CSIRO-FWPRDC Service Life R&D Team
Honoring the development of durability engineering models and software known as TimberLife – Service Life Prediction of Wood Construction, the award recognized CSIRO-FWPRDC Service Life R&D Team (Greg Foliente, team leader).

2005 // Douglas R. Rammer
Honoring a young engineer for promising potential to make significant contributions in the field of wood engineering, the award was presented to Douglas R. Rammer, Research Engineer, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI.

2004 // Jozsef Bodig
Honoring a lifetime of achievements in wood engineering, the award was presented to Joszef Bodig.

2003 // KPFF Consulting Engineers, Portland, OR
Honoring a specific contribution to the discipline of wood engineering involving innovative application of wood engineering design, this year's award was presented to KPFF Consulting for their work on the City Library in Beaverton, Oregon.

2002 // Kenneth J. Fridley
Honoring a young engineer for promising potential to make significant contributions in the field of wood engineering, the award was presented to Kenneth J. Fridley, Associate Dean in the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2001 // William R. McAlpine
A pioneer in the wood truss industry, McAlpine helped trusses become the dominant structural member used in North America. His accomplishments include innovations in the design of structures and the development of design procedures, standards, and building codes.

2000 // Bradford K. Douglas and Hideo Sugiyama
Douglas and Sugiyama were honored for their innovative approach to the design of shearwalls which allows the designer to account for the contributions from sheathing above and below doors and windows, the effects of unrestrained openings on shearwall capacity, and the effects of partial overturning resistance of individual shearwall segments.

1999 // Y. H. Chui

Chui's contributions to the knowledge of wood engineering include the development of a design procedure for vibrational serviceability of wood floor systems, enhancing the understanding of the cyclic behavior of nailed timber joints, and the development of vibrational methods of characterizing bending and shear stiffness of structural wood beams and plates.

1998 // Edward J. King
Throughout his career, King has focused on the national design specification for wood construction, various design procedures for light-frame wood systems, fire and energy performance of wood construction, the establishment of clear wood strength properties, and mechanical and physical properties of panel products.

1997 // Bob Hoyle
A pioneer in the development of machine stress-rated lumber, Hoyle also contributed key documents leading to practical acceptance of a product now prominent in the light-frame truss industry as well as contributing to the development of many ASTM standards.

1996 // Thomas E. Brassell and the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) effort
The following organizations received certificates in recognition of the LFRD effort: AF&PA, American Institute of Timber Construction, Canadian Wood Council, Southern Forest Products Association, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau, Truss Plate Institute, West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau, Western Wood Products Association, Truss Joist MacMillan, Weyerhaeuser Company, Willamette Industries, Engineering Data Management, Structural Reliability Consultants, Gromala & Associates, and ASCE Design of Engineered Wood Construction Standards Committee.