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The Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB) is part of NC State University's College of Natural Resources (CNR). We are located in Raleigh, North Carolina and headquartered on-campus in the Roberston Pulp and Paper Laboratory, Hodges Wood Products Laboratory and Biltmore Hall. Our activities include teaching, research, extension programs, continuing education, and technical services that benefit the paper and pulp, wood products and housing, biomaterials and bioenergy industries. Many of our major research and extension initiatives are interdisciplinary in nature and take advantage of faculty expertise from other areas within CNR, across N.C. State and around the world. We also collaborate with the faculty of the College of Engineering and other programs at N.C. State when structuring undergraduate and graduate academic programs in various areas of paper science and engineering, wood products, forest biomaterials and bioenergy.
FB is currently home to 20 full-time faculty, 12 active adjunct faculty, 9 staff members, 5 research associates, more than 150 undergraduate students and 48 graduate students, participating in both on-campus and distance education curriculum. The faculty is recognized internationally and committed to providing students with an education that combines an understanding of theoretical principles with the practical skills that will prepare them for successful careers as technical, scientific and management leaders in their industries. We have over 2,000 alumni globally, including many who are now the CEO's, senior executives or owners of major wood products and paper and pulp companies.
Our on-campus facilities include classrooms, laboratories, libraries, special research collections and state-of-the-art research and testing facilities, including the Robertson Paper & Pulp Testing Laboratory with the fully functioned reduced scale Baby Wolfpack pilot paper plant and the Hodges Wood Products Laboratory, a 21,000 sq. foot facility that supports wood products production and testing as well as research into the physical and mechanical properties of wood, and the Forest Biomaterials and Bioenergy Laboratories.