Visiting an Engineered Wood Products Facility
Sustainable Materials & Technology students recently visited Arauco, a state-of-the-art wood composites plant located right here in North Carolina. Plant visits provide first-hand experience on actual industry activities and complement classroom learning. This field trip was only one of three this semester in Dr. Lemaster’s Biomaterials Processing course to help undergraduates discover career opportunities in forest products.
Conducting Biofuel Technology Research
Sustainable Materials & Technology students are participating in biofuel technology research. They are discovering new bio-based feedstocks (like coffee grinds and pulping wastes) for fuel. Students are breaking ground on ways to bring biofuels to a green-conscious market with minimal controversy. The Department of Forest Biomaterials was recently rewarded a $4 million grant to study efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways of producing biofuels from trees and forest harvesting residues.