Dr. Fred Kamke, Co-Director of the GBML, holds an endowed professorship as the JELD-WEN Professor of Wood-Based Composite Science in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Kamke’s research specialization is heat and mass transfer in wood and wood-based products, with emphasis on adhesion science, modeling and the manufacture and performance of wood-based composite materials. Dr. Kamke has taught courses in physical and mechanical properties of wood, wood anatomy, wood-based composite manufacture, durability of wood products and adhesion of wood. He also regularly teaches short-courses developed for the wood-based composites industry. Dr. Kamke is a lifetime Fellow in the International Academy of Wood Science, serves on the editorial board for Wood Science and Technology, and served as president of the Society for Wood Science and Technology.
Dr. Jason H. Ideker, Co-Director of the GBML and Kearney Faculty Fellow, joined the School of Civil and Construction Engineering in September of 2008. Ideker received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2008 in Civil Engineering. His primary research interests are high-performance concrete materials as well as early-age properties and durability of cement-based systems. His group also investigates mitigation strategies to limit alkali-silica reaction through the incorporation of bi-products from industrial applications into fresh concrete. Dr. Ideker’s research into early-age properties of innovative cementitious materials allows him to infuse cutting-edge research into the classroom. Dr. Ideker is an active member in the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in both the Durability (ACI 201) and Material Science of Concrete (ACI 236) subcommittees as well as ASTM International.
Dr. O. Burkan Isgor’s research interests include materials science of cement and concrete, corrosion, electrochemistry, surface science, computational materials science, and non-destructive model-assisted testing of materials and structures. The ultimate goal of his research is to develop integrated numerical and sensory tools for infrastructure owners and operators so that they can better evaluate the state of their assets and make informed decisions on their future. These tools help engineers manage infrastructure by allowing them to schedule maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement operations more efficiently and accurately so that their assets will be resilient against extreme conditions imposed by multiple sources of hazard. A Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Dr. Isgor served as the Vice President of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) between 2009 and 2011 and was in charge of the technical divisions of the Society. He is currently active in a number of professional societies including American Concrete Institute (ACI), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and Electrochemical Society (ECS).
Dr. Scott Leavengood is director of the Oregon Wood Innovation Center (OWIC) in the Department of Wood Science & Engineering at Oregon State University. OWIC is a joint initiative of OSU’s College of Forestry and the OSU Extension Service. His primary job duties are related to industrial outreach which includes providing technical assistance to wood products firms and assisting entrepreneurs and existing firms with research related to product performance and new product development. Dr. Leavengood teaches a course in advanced manufacturing in the wood products industry and short courses on industrial quality control.
Dr. Lech Muszynski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University. A native of Poland, he received his M.S. in Wood Technology and Ph.D. in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Agricultural University of Poznan. In 1998-2004 he worked at the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center at the University of Maine. His research area includes mechanical performance of solid wood, traditional wood-based composites as well as advanced hybrid composites, including composites based on other renewable materials derived from plants. The research is focused primarily on structure-property relations with stress on interface performance, but includes also bonding, durability, damage assessment, fracture properties, time dependent phenomena, and hygro-mechanical behavior in solid wood and other bio-based composite materials.
Dr. Skip Rochefort has been at Oregon State University since 1993 and is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. He is the Director of both OSU and College of Engineering Precollege Programs, is an OSU Honors College faculty, and has been recognized for his teaching and advising activities by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the College of Engineering, and OSU. For the past 30 years, he has conducted research on the molecular, thermal and rheological characterization, and processing of polymers and complex materials. His current research focus is on biomaterials, polymer processing, and recycled plastics for green building applications. His passion (and hobby) is K-12 Outreach for the recruitment and retention of women and minorities into engineering, with the current focus on introducing engineering science at the middle school and high school levels to meet the new Oregon K-12 engineering standards.
Dr. David Trejo is the Hal Pritchett Chair in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. He joined the School in 2009. His research interests include assessing and modeling the mechanisms of deterioration in metallic and cementitious material systems and quantifying the impact of these deterioration mechanisms on the performance of structural systems. In addition, his work consists of developing new materials for improved constructability, durability, resiliency, eco-friendliness, and economy. Professor Trejo is actively involved with many committees with the American Concrete Institute, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and Transportation Research Board focusing on materials performance and life prediction.
Dr. Jason Weiss, Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering. He earned a B.A.E. from the Pennsylvania State University and a MS and PhD from Northwestern University. He is actively involved in research on low carbon footprint concrete (induced carbonation, portland limestone cement, supplementary cements, and cellulose nano-crystals) and improved durability (transport and electrical properties, crack resistance with shrinkage reducing admixtures and internal curing, freezing and thawing, microbially induced corrosion). He has authored durability sections of AASHTO PP-84, and performed research resulting in numerous ASTM, and AASHTO test methods.