June 11 - 14, 2018 | Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Madison, Wisconsin, USA

"Driving the Automobile Industry Using Sustainable Materials"

Alper Kiziltis

Research Scientist, Sustainable Biomaterials, and Plastics Research
Ford Motor Company

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Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, June 12
Plenary Session I - Forest Products Education


“Enrollment in Natural Resources Degree Programs in the U.S.: Trends, Drivers, and Implications for the Future of the Natural Resource Professions”

Terry Sharik

Dean, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Robbins Chair in Sustainable Resources
Michigan Technological University

“Capturing the Future of Wood Science and Forest Products Education in the United States”

Bob Smith
Professor and Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and Associate Dean for Extension College of Natural Resources and Environment Virginia Tech University. Bio


Wednesday, June 13
Plenary Session II – Forest Bioeconomy


“The Emerging Forestry Bioeconomy:  Fuels, Chemicals, Advanced Materials, and Carbon Management”

Brendan Jordan

Vice President
Great Plains Institute


“NAFTA:  The Stakes for Globalization and American Leadership.”

Matthew Rooney

Director, Economic Growth
George W. Bush Presidential Center


Thursday, June 14
Plenary Session III - Housing



“Full Circle Urban Forest Management”

Dwayne Sperber

Wudeward Urban Forest Products

“Housing Reconsidered: The New Drivers of Wood Demand in North America and Asia”

David Fell

Research Leader for Business Intelligence

Session Topics Include:

  • Wood Fundamentals
  • Forest Products
  • Sustainability
  • Wood Drying
  • Wood Adhesives
  • Wood protection
  • Lumber
  • Forest Products Marketing
  • Nanocomposite and Biocomposite Technologies
  • Mass Timber
  • Cross Laminated Timber
  • Wood Adhesives
  • Wood Durability
  • Bioenergy
  • Housing
  • Urban Forest