Training the next generation in Digital Manufacturing and Mass Timber Buildings

Undergraduate students of today must be actively involved in research to meet future demands of industry and academia. Active participation in research, outreach, and extension will help undergraduate students to think deeply about the subject as well as develop critical thinking and problem solving abilities to be work-force ready.

The Department of Wood Science and Engineering at OSU, with support from the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Education and Literacy Initiative, is offering 12 week research and extension experiences for 10 undergraduate students per year for the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2020. The sky is the limit for topics of these experiences. Example projects with potential mentors include the following:

  • Andre Barbosa – cross-laminated timber and concrete composite diaphragm
  • Raffaele De Amicis – virtual reality in timber construction
  • Scott Leavengood – use of lesser-known species in mass timber
  • Iain MacDonald – Digital Manufacturing
  • Mariapaola Riggio - cross-laminated timber in modular construction
  • Arijit Sinha – Mass plywood panel connections

Each undergraduate will receive a stipend of $500/ week and a subsistence allowance. Opportunities will be provided to disseminate results of the experience in regional meetings via posters and/or presentations. To qualify you must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education during the 2018-2019 school year.

Interested candidates apply through the online application.