Dr. John Simonsen is partnering with EcNow Tech, a Corvallis company providing sustainable products to a variety of industries to produce a novel ice cream spoon. The project is funded by Oregon BEST and is just now getting underway. The new spoon will be compostable and made of a bioplastic filled with local renewable materials. Thus it will be compostable and sustainable. See College of Engineering blog for more information.
Drs. Ari Sinha, Lech Muszynski, and Andre Barbosa, Faculty Research Assistant Milo Clauson, and graduate student Anthonie Kramer recently examined the bending stiffness and strength of massive (8'x40') engineered timber composites.
OSU Professional and Noncredit Education (PNE) recently finished work on the Oregon Wood Innovation Center's Wood Shrink/Swell Estimator mobile site. They took the original online application's interface and optimized it for mobile phones and tablets, enhancing this tool's ease of use in the field by sales and customer service representatives in the wood product industry.
Bike helmets from renewable materials - Milo Clauson, John Nairn, and Scott Leavengood assisted Corvallis entrepreneur Dan Coyle make his vision a reality. The wood and cork helmets stole the show at the recent PDX Bicycle Show. See Bikeportland.org article for the details.
Dr. Scott Leavengood and several colleagues in the College of Forestry are participating in a 5-year, $40 million, USDA NIFA funded, research and outreach project. The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) project is focused on developing a biofuels industry in the northwest with a specific emphasis on the use of biomass for jet fuel.