This endowment will provide merit–based scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in the Wood Products Program in NC State University’s Department of Forest Biomaterials.
The initial gift to this endowment was received from Mrs. Erdine Stamm in 1986 in memory of her husband, a retired distinguished professor at NC State from 1959-1970.
Dr. Stamm was a native of Los Angeles where he received his BS of Science from California Institute of Technology. He completed his Masters and PHD in physical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. In 1925 he began research work at the US Forest Products laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin until coming to NC State in 1959. He received numerous awards, fellowships and the prestigious Reuben Robertson Professorship of Wood and Paper Science.
A true scientist, he published two books, over 150 publications and held 11 patents in the area of physics, chemistry and the structure of wood.
The scholarship endowment will recognize in perpetuity the significant contributions to wood science and technology by Dr. Stamm through the professional accomplishments and personal lives of the young men and women who study at NC State University.
During his professional life, which spanned 45 years, Dr. Stamm received national acclaim for his research and was the recipient of numerous awards and was the author of two books and over 150 research papers.
About the Department of Forest Biomaterials
NC State’s Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB) is home to one of the oldest and most respected paper science and engineering programs in the world and to a nationally recognized wood products program with a long history if supporting wood manufacturing industries, sustainable housing and their surrounding communities. FB also has a fast-growing forest biomaterials and bioenergy effort which examines the production of novel biomass resources, and develops the chemical science and engineering technology for the sustainable production of materials and energy. FB’s approach recognizes the scientific and engineering principles driving each area of study, as well as, applicable technology and business skills. Students examine the broader sustainability issues that affect industries operating in these fields, including the financial, management and social components through hands-on learning focused on identifying solutions to real-world problems and developing futuristic products and environmentally friendly processes.