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2015 Symposium Agenda

As of 4/1/2015

International Wood Composites Symposium
Day 1: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Symposium Check-in / Registration begins at 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast 8:00-9:00 am
9:00 am


Bob Tichy and Karl Englund
Symposium Co-Chairs, Washington State University

9:05 am

Tom Maloney Memorial

9:15 am

Distinguished Service Award

Keynote Session

Moderator: Robert Tichy, Washington State University

9:30 am Lynn Michaelis
Partner, Forest Economic Advisors
The U.S. Growth Rocket is Fueled: Will it Launch?
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Kelly Shotbolt
President, Arauco North America
Arauco Continues North American Investment Program
11:15 am Erol Karacabeyli
Research Manager, Advanced Building Systems, FPInnovations
Latest Developments of Wood and Wood-hybrid Systems in Midrise and Highrise Building Applications
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

Thermoset Session

Thermoplastic Session

1:30 pm Joe Elling
Director of Market Research, APA – the Engineered Wood Association
Recovery In Structural Panels and Engineered Wood Demand Continues
Peter Kotiadis
Director of Research & Product Development,
The Rise & Evolution of Capped Composite Decking
2:00 pm Bill Parsons
National Director – Architectural and Engineering Solutions, Woodworks
Converting Steel and Concrete Buildings to Wood Structural Frames
Takeyasu Kikuchi
CEO, WPC Corporation
New Standardization of Wood Composites Environmental Friendliness and Current Status of Japanese Wood Composites Technologies
2:30 pm Kris Spickler
Heavy Timber Specialist, Structurlam, Ltd.
Timber Design Just Got Interesting… Cross Laminated Timber!
Chakravarthy Ramadass
Greenland Plaswood Private Limited
Wood-Plastic Composite (WPC) Industry: An Indian Perspective
3:00 pm Chunping Dai
Principal Scientist, FPInnovations
Development of Veneer Strand Lumber (VSL) Product
Victor Bravo
Research Officer, National Research Council Canada
Cellulose Fibre Reinforced Composites for the Automotive Industry
3:30 pm Greg Smith
Associate Professor, The University of British Columbia
Overview and results of research at UBC on StructuralBamboo Products (SBP) from Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens Mazel) culms.
Mickey Blake
President/CEO, Mt Baker BioFloral Soil™ – A Commercially Viable Biopolymer Natural Fiber Reinforced Composite
4:00 pm Ying-Li (Ingrid) Tsai
Graduate Research Assistant, The University of British Columbia
Improving Rotary Drum Blending Process through Experimental Investigation and Discrete Element Method Simulation
Dilpreet Bajwa
Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
Impact of Recycling on the Mechanical and Thermo-mechanical Properties of Wood Flour/HDPE and PLA Composites
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Vendor Reception

Complimentary wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres

Technical Forum Poster Session

Browse through poster displays, network with colleagues and talk with vendors.

International Wood Composites Symposium

Day 2: Wednesday April 22, 2015

Symposium Check-in / Registration begins at 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast 8:00-9:00 am

Thermoset Session

Moderator: Mary Eun, Redbuilt

Thermoplastic Session


9:00 am Alexander Root
Regional Sales Manager, GreCon
FIBERVIEW: Inline Fibre Inspection to Optimize Energy Consumption and Guarantee the Fibre Quality
Donald Bender
Professor, Director, Composite Materials and Engineering Center, Washington State University
Deck Safety and Building Code Issues on the Horizon: Turning Challenges into Product Opportunities
9:30 am Sheldon Shi
Associate Professor-Mechanical and Energy Engineering, University of North Texas
Nanoparticle impregnation Treatment of Natural Fiber for Functional Biocomposites
Chris Ross
Senior Chemist, NWP, Inc.
Synergistic Additive Packages to Improve Processing, Physical Properties and Aesthetics
10:00 am Chris Whelan
Business Development Manager, Henkel Corporation
Advanced Polyurethane adhesives for Wood Bonding
Ron Rau
Senior Engineer, MBA polymers
Innovative Plastics Separation Technology to Create Value-added Products
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Somaieh Salehpour
Product Development Manager, Ecosynthetix
Development of Sustainable Engineered Biopolymers in Wood Composites
Harshad Shah
Senior Project Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company
Wood Pulp Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites
11:30 am Kevin Biller
President, The Powder Coating Research Group
Environmentally Sound Strategies for Coating Wood Composites – Powder Coating Technology
Jeff Cernohous
CTO, Interfacial Solutions
Novel Coupling Agents for Natural Fiber Composites
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Andy Sloop
Resource Conservation & Recycling Manager, Sustainability Center, Metro
How Should Portland Chuck Its Wood?
2:00 pm Tim Young
Professor, University of Tennessee
Real-time Predictive Modeling of Wood Composite Products Utilizing the Data Warehouse of Manufacturing Facilities
2:30 pm Karl Englund
Associate Research Professor, Washington State University
Hydrophobic wood particles developed from cold plasma polymerization  
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Kim Katwijk
President, Deck Builders Inc.
Twenty Years of Man Made Decking
4:00 pm Susan Jones
Architect, atelierjones
CLT Investigations
 Adjourn 4:30 pm


Endorsement Disclaimer
Papers presented on processes or machines feature analyses of operating principles and some of the technical programs encountered. They show some of the approaches taken to accomplish particular objectives; however, there is no implied endorsement of any machine, process, or product by virtue of its inclusion in this program.