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 12 undergraduate students during the summer of 2022. The sky is the limit for topics of these experiences. Example projects with potential mentors include the following:

  • Andre Barbosa – Mass timber full-scale testing and analysis
  • Raffaele De Amicis - virtual reality in timber construction
  • Scott Leavengood - Extension and Outreach, Industry 4.0
  • Byrne Miyamoto – Instrumentation and Sensors
  • Rajat Panwar – Corporate Sustainability
  • Gerry Presley - Mass timber durability
  • Mariapaola Riggio – the mass timber business ecosystem
  • Laurence Schimleck - non-destructive evaluation techniques for lumber quality
  • Evan Schmidt – Tallwood Design Institute Outreach
  • Barbara Simpson - 3 story mass timber building test
  • Arijit Sinha – Seismic testing of 3 story structure
  • Daniel Way – Boise Cascade Quality Control

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 2021-2022 school year.

Interested candidates apply through the online application.