February 28 - March 2, 2017
Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts
An Informative Three-Day Course Empowering You with the Basics of Wood and Wood Based Products. Understand Environmental Advantages of Wood, Product Properties and More!
What Will I learn?
1. This course teaches the basics of wood properties by introducing how trees are grown, harvested and processed. A from the forest to usage will help attendees have a well-rounded understanding of the industry.
2. Participants develop an understanding of wood anatomy and how changes in the forest lead to changes in product performance.
3. Participants will also discuss current issues in the forest products industry, along with green building and product testing
4. Tour of Shuqualak Lumber Company, one of the Southeast’s largest independent suppliers of southern yellow pine.
Who Should Attend?
- New employees in wood products manufacturing
- Suppliers and consultants who support wood products companies
- Those needing increased knowledge of wood and its behavior
- Claims agents
What Do Past Attendees Say?
“Well rounded content”
“Great job on this Inaugural course”
“I found the basic anatomy lesson at the beginning to be a big help”
State-of-the-Art Forest Products and Wood Science Learning Center
This course will be held at the Mississippi State University's Department of Sustainable
Bioproducts whose mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social, and professional
development of its students by providing them with knowledge and skills needed to utilize
and conserve diverse forest resources effectively. In this regard, the department's primary
teaching responsibility is to provide high quality educational opportunities necessary to
adequately prepare students for professional and scientific careers in forest products and
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Dr. Rubin ShmulskyMississippi State University
Professor and Head, FWRC - Forest Products
Rubin Shmulsky is professor and head of the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts (formerly Forest Products) at Mississippi State University. In that role he provides leadership for the department’s comprehensive teaching, research, and Extension/outreach mission. His research and teaching program focuses on production methods and applications for wood products. Prior to working at MSU, he served on the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota, Department of Wood and Paper Science. He earned his degrees at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and MSU.
Hui WanMississippi State University
Associate Professor, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts
Dr. Wan received his B.S. in forest products at Central Southern University of Forestry and Technology in China, his master degree in wood composite at the Royal Agriculture University of Copenhagen, Denmark and his Ph.D. in wood composites at Mississippi State University, USA. He worked at FPInnovations and was a trustee of Forest Product Society Eastern Canadian Section for about 10 years and a reviewer of National Science and Education Foundation of Canada. He also served as an adjunct professor at University Laval for about 10 years. His research interests are sustainable manufacturing forest products, wood adhesives, recycling, and new forest products development. He has developed 7 patents or patent applications.
Misty T. BoothForest Supervisor (MS RF #2041)
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show Executive Vice President
Mississippi State University
Worked for MSU Forest Operations for eleven years, with the last five years as Forest Supervisor and Executive Vice President of the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show. Previously worked for USDA Wildlife Services (five years). Graduate of MSU College of Forest Resources. Native of Brandon, MS.
Frank OwensMississippi State University
Research Associate, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts
Since 2001 Frank Owens has been involved exclusively in international business specializing in the global marketing and sourcing of wood products. He has traveled to over 25 countries and lived abroad for eight years in East Asia and the Middle East. Fluent in Japanese, he holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in East Asian languages from UCLA. He is currently conducting international marketing research in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University, where he is also enrolled as a Ph.D. student.
H. Michael BarnesMississippi State University
Warren S. Thompson Professor of Wood Science and Technology
Dr. H. Michael “Mike” Barnes is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of wood preservation and durability. He received a BS in Forestry from LSU in 1965 and a MS in Forest Products Technology from LSU in 1968. He was awarded in PhD in Wood Products Engineering in 1973 from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has been on the faculty at Mississippi State University since 1971 and was awarded the title of W. S. Thompson Distinguished Professorship in Wood Science & Technology in 2007. He is also an adjunct Professor at Nanjing Forestry University. Dr. Barnes has served as President for the two largest forest products organizations in North America – Forest Products Society (FPS) and Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) and currently serves as editor of Wood & Fiber Science for SWST. Mike has been elected as a Fellow in SWST, International Academy of Wood Science, and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. He has received the highest award from the following societies: Distinguished Service Award, Society of Wood Science & Technology; Gottschalk Award, Forest Products Society; Award of Merit, American Wood Protection Association; and Award of Merit, Railway Tie Association. Moreover, he received Distinguished Service Award from FPS in 2008; and Alumnus of the Year from the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources in 2004. In 2005 he received the Mississippi State University Office of Research’s highest award, the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Mike is well recognized internationally for his research in wood deterioration & preservation. He has published over 200+ articles, given over 330+ presentations in 15+ countries, and garnered extramural funding over $12 million. He has also authored three patents. Mike has a passion for teaching, service and for youth which is evidenced by his many awards in these areas.
An informative three-day course covering the basics of wood and wood based products. Topics
- Introduction to Wood Products
- Forest Management
- Timber Harvesting
- Wood Anatomy and Properties
- Density and Specific Gravity
- Wood and Water
- Dimensional change
- Lumber Production
- Wood Drying
- Mechanics & Design Values
- Engineered Wood Products
- Wood Durability and Protection
Attendees of the course will be treated to a tour of one of the Southeast’s largest independent suppliers of southern yellow pine, Shuqualak Lumber Company in Shuqualak, MS. This family owned facility recently invested in a state-of-the-art operation upgrade, and expanded annual production capacity to more than 125 million board feet. Shuqualak products are manufactured in accordance with Southern Pine Inspection Bureau guidelines, primarily 2″ lumber (from 2″ x 4″ through 2″ x 12″), available in grades #1, #2, #3 and #4.
Tour attendees will see an operation of unsurpassed efficiency, raw material utilization and product quality. Shuqualak Lumber is also dedicated to the best practices of safety and environmentally-sound sustainability. They’ve implemented a comprehensive materials recycling and repurposing program which ensures that virtually nothing goes to wastewhether it’s the sawdust used for fuel in the boilers heating their kilns, or the wood chips they sell to the makers of cellulosic fiber used in baby diapers. More at http://shuqualak.com
Day 1 - Tuesday, February 28th
7:30 am Van leaves from Hampton Inn
8:00 am Introduction to Wood Products - Rubin Shmulsky
Provides a brief over view of wood products from the forest, through production and utilization
Forest Management - Misty Booth
Discussion of various objectives and obstacles associated with growing trees for timber production
Timber Harvesting - Misty Booth
Provides information on how standing trees/ forests are sustainably harvested and delivered to sawmills or other timber conversion facilities; followed by replanting and reforestation
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Wood anatomy and properties - Mike Barnes
Overview of the many anatomical difference between and among trees. Information on how anatomy and structure can influence strength, coatings, gluing, preservative treating, and other factor
11:00 am Density and Specific Gravity - Rubin Shmulsky
The nature of wood density. Why some woods are heavier than others. How this property influences many others such as strength, stiffness, pulp yield, etc.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Wood and Water - Rubin Shmulsky
Relationship between wood and its affinity for water. How it adsorbs and desorbs moisture with the atmosphere throughout its service life, bound and free water in wood
2:00 pm Dimensional change - Rubin Shmulsky
The nature of shrinking and swelling in response to environmental moisture and humidity changes. How dimensional change can impact things like gaps in flooring and cause cupping in deck boards
3:00 pm Lumber Production - Rubin Shmulsky
Presentation of the typical sawing processes used to convert round logs into rectangular boards for both hardwoods and softwood
4:30 pm Adjourn for the day – Van back to Hampton Inn Dinner on your own
Day 2 - Wednesday, March 1st
7:30 am Tour of Shuqualak Lumber Company
Bus leaves from MSU
See one of the Southeast’s largest independent suppliers of southern yellow pine. This family owned facility recently invested in a state-of-the-art operation upgrade, and expanded annual production capacity to more than 125 million board feet. Shuqualak products are manufactured in accordance with Southern Pine Inspection Bureau guidelines, primarily 2″ lumber (from 2″ x 4″ through 2″ x 12″), available in grades #1, #2, #3 and #4.
Tour attendees will see an operation of unsurpassed efficiency, raw material utilization and product quality. Shuqualak Lumber is also dedicated to the best practices of safety and environmentally- sound sustainability.
12:00 pm Lunch and return to MSU
1:00 pm Wood Drying - Rubin Shmulsky
Air and kiln drying overview. Why it is necessary to remove water from wood, how water is typically removed, along with kiln operations
2:30 pm Mechanics & Design Values - Rubin Shmulsky
Bending strength and stiffness; compression, shear, and tensile strength. How we evaluate the strength of wood and how that is used to design safe structures.
4:00 pm Adjourn for the day – Van back to Hampton Inn Dinner on your own
Day 3 - Thursday, March 2nd
7:30 am Van leaves from Hampton Inn
8:00 am Importing and exporting lumber products - Frank Owens
9:00 am Engineered Wood Products - Hui Wan
Overview of the many families of wood composite products, their similarities and differences, and various performance characteristics of each
10:20 am Break
10:30 am Wood Durability and Protection - Mike Barnes
How and why wood decays and steps that are commonly taken to protect and preserve wood in an effort to enhance its service life
12:00 pm Lunch and Adjourn