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.
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.
This is one of the more unique requests we've received in recent years - help with identifying some of the wood components of a 1912 Jackson automobile. To cut to the chase - what wood did they use? Sweetgum! (a.k.a. red gum or simply gum).
Renewable Materials student Caleb Gee is working with Dr. Mike Milota to test a new moisture meter designed to quickly provide the moisture content of sawdust and shavings.
New publication - Business Model Innovation: The basic point of this article is that business model innovation is an opportunity, beyond traditional product and process innovations that are normally discussed. The authors define it as the way a company does business, involving various stakeholders. In other words, it is a bundle of activities that together serve to satisfy the needs of the market.