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Why a BS in Renewable Materials?

A more sustainable society requires that we use more renewable materials to make the products we need rather than continue to depend on oil and other non-renewable materials.  The demand for a greener future is at the heart of the WS&E department and especially of our degree programs.  Please use this site as your entry into the research, teaching and outreach programs at OSU that support that vision.

We offer an undergraduate degree program in RENEWABLE MATERIALS to educate and train the next generation of leaders and innovators for exciting and diverse careers that will make a difference toward a sustainable future. Our degree program is accredited by SWST.

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WS&E News

Fungal pigments provide commercial opportunity for paint and dye manufacturers

But while the microorganisms can be grown in solution, capturing the pigments has required the use of toxic solvents, said Sara Robinson, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry. Robinson has now found a way to use oils to harvest the pigments, and OSU has applied for a provisional patent on the technique.

Does gender diversity in forestry companies matter?

The forest industry is faced with the generational transition of a greying workforce that is reaching retirement age. The oncoming wave of retirements presents a significant opportunity to recruit a young, vibrant, and more diverse workforce that can help move the industry into a more competitive future.

The Race for the Wood Skyscraper Starts Here

"It's going to take some time to build up the infrastructure here to compete with materials already being used," said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Eventually, the Pacific Northwest could be home to a half-dozen manufacturers, Maness said. 

 

Calendar/Events

25Apr2018

WSE Seminar Series: Danny Way, PhD Candidate

As a hygroscopic material, wood and wood-based composite materials are constantly exchanging moisture with the surrounding environment. Moisture affects nearly all physical and mechanical properties of wood making knowledge of its movement important for processing and use. While most products are subjected to…

30Apr2018

Salary Negotiation Workshop

If you don't know your own worth and value, don't expect someone else to calculate it for you! Learn how to ask for and get the salary and benefits you deserve! Presented by Britt Hoskin, OSU Career Development Center  …

02May2018

WSE Seminar Series: Eric Hinsch, PhD Candidate

Extracted wood-staining fungal pigments have shown potential as textile dyes. However, up to this point the primary carrier for these dyes has been dichloromethane, a potentially hazardous solvent. A safer carrier is needed for general consumer use. Natural oils appear to be a…